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Donald Zillman, Lee Godden, LeRoy Paddock, and Martha Roggenkamp

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198822080

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198822080.001.0001

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Regulating Electricity Storage in the European Union

Regulating Electricity Storage in the European Union

How to Balance Technical and Legal Innovation

(p.154) 9 Regulating Electricity Storage in the European Union
Innovation in Energy Law and Technology

Matthijs van Leeuwen

Martha Roggenkamp

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the EU regulatory framework governing electricity storage. The obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the subsequent increase of electricity production from intermittent renewable energy sources is causing problems for balancing demand and supply, thus also balancing networks. Electricity storage is key to managing any excess electricity production and avoiding negative prices. However, this development takes place in a liberalized energy market, where network operators must act independently from production and supply. Establishing the purpose of electricity storage and where storage can or should be placed is crucial. The authors present the reasons for and the types of electricity storage available; analyse the EU legal framework ; identify potential obstacles; and present pros and cons for positioning storage in the electricity system. Finally, they discuss whether the EU Commission’s proposal to legislate electricity storage meets the requirements for providing cost efficiency and thus provides sufficient regulatory certainty.

Keywords:   electricity storage, renewable energy sources, liberalized energy market, flexibility, ancillary services, balancing, EU legal framework, electricity sector, climate change

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