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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INES Comments on Hydrogen Storage Demand according to Ministry Scenarios

The German Federal Ministry of Economics currently presents long-term scenarios that describe possible pathways for the energy transition in detail. Future hydrogen and gas storage demand is part of the investigations.

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INES-Members set Course for the Future

Gas storage facilities are of great significance for the energy transition. Considering future developments, the members of the Initiative Erdgasspeicher (INES) have taken important decisions on their assembly in April. INES’ statutes now allow for hydrogen storage companies to become…

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Federal Council Agrees With Government on Hydrogen Network Regulation

The German Federal Council (Bundesrat) has voted on its position towards a legal proposal of the German Government for a renewal of the Energy Economy Act (Energiewirtschaftsgesetz). The Council thereby decided to change its position on the regulation of hydrogen…

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Government puts Hydrogen Networks on Fast Track

10. Februar 2021

Germany’s federal government today adopted a revision of the Energy Economy Act (Energiewirtschaftsgesetz, EnWG). The revision allows for cost-efficient and, especially, for fast development of hydrogen networks. The government thereby accelerates the hydrogen market update that is so important for…

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Align Gas Network Development with Climate Targets

9. Februar 2021

In a recent study the Initiative Erdgasspeicher (INES) provides recommendations on how to improve so-called market-based instruments in the gas market. These instruments can help aligning conventional gas network development with climate targets. The study was conducted by Frontier Economics…

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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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