The energy system is constantly evolving and increasing in complexity. The increasing variability of the power generation capacity presents new challenges to the various operators, while at the same time the security of supply is growing in importance. The future energy system should be more interlinked, more efficient and more flexible.
Energy storage is one of the important elements in the energy system contributing to the needed flexibility and security. While storage exist on all levels of the energy chain, from local to strategic, its full potential in the new energy system appears to be untapped. The storage element could therefore bring more benefits to the energy system, provided that the technological progress is made and long-term objectives are adequately reflected in the design of the markets and regulations.
In this context DG ENER organised a high level roundtable on 19th May with the participation of various industry, research and Commission representatives which contributed to the discussions on the role of energy storage in the future energy system, energy storage markets as well as financing and further required actions. The discussions will support future Commission initiatives in moving towards an Energy Union.
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