Gas Storage - Bridging Energy Transition
and Energy Security

Gas storage contributes to a large extent to the success of the energy transition in Germany and Europe. Gas storage guarantees a secure gas supply, functions as a cornerstone of an affordable energy system, and provides a storage solution for renewable energy in the future. INES is the association of gas storage system operators in Germany. INES’ members represent over 90 per cent of German gas storage capacities and account for more than 20 per cent of gas storage capacities in the European Union.

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Commission Lays Foundation for Sustainable and Competitive Hydrogen Market

Berlin, 15. Dezember 2021

On December 15, 2021 the European Commission presented the revision of the Third EU Gas Market Package. The package contains legislative proposals for the Gas Market Directive and the Regulation on Gas Network Access. It focuses on the transformation of…

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INES Cooperates with Renewable Energy Federation on Electricity Market Design

Berlin, 14. Dezember 2021

INES collaborated on a study on the electricity market design for the energy transition that was presented by the German Renewable Energy Federation BEE today. The study intensified a cooperation between INES and renewable energy federations that was started in…

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Koalitionsvertrag: Sinnvolle Umsetzung kann Speicherwende einleiten

Berlin, 24. November 2021

SPD, Grüne und FPD haben sich heute auf einen Koalitionsvortrag geeinigt. Darin werden für die Gas- bzw. Wasserstoffspeicherwirtschaft wichtige Themen aufgegriffen.

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Gas Storage: Start for Chameleon of the Energy Transition

Berlin, 26. Oktober 2021

INES, the Association of Gas and Hydrogen Storage System Operators, has got a new name. To live up to the relevance of gas and hydrogen storage for the energy transition, the association from now on operates under the name Initiative…

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EU to boost Gas Storage Deployment for Security of Supply

Berlin, 20. Oktober 2021

On Thursday, the 21st October 2021, EU Heads of State and Government will discuss current energy prices and possible reactions at the European Council in Brussels. With regard to the meeting and looking at upcoming reforms of the EU gas…

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Policies and Objectives

Storage for Europe's
Energy Future

Gas storage plays a decisive role in a carbon-neutral energy supply. The Power-to-Gas technology allows electricity from renewable sources to be converted into green gases and then be stored in gas storage facilities for longer periods of time. Thus, gas storage provides a means for renewable energies to be available at all times - on short notice and as flexibly as necessary.

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Security of Supply:
Today and Tomorrow

Gas storage is a cornerstone of the energy infrastructure in Europe. When demand peaks on cold winter days, up to 60 per cent of Germany's gas supply is provided by gas storage facilities. Looking at future storage needs for renewable energies, however, gas storage will also be a necessary pillar of a secure energy system in the future.

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Affordable Energy for Germany and Europe

Gas storage meets gas demands flexibly and locally. It thereby reduces the necessity to invest excessively in new transport infrastructure in the gas as well as the electricity sector. Hence, gas storage reduces the costs of the energy system and plays a vital role in securing an affordable energy transition throughout the future.

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