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 Suggests Adaptive Regulation for Hydrogen Network

4. September 2020

The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) closes a market consultation on the future regulation of hydrogen pipelines today. The Initiative Erdgasspeicher (INES) suggests an adaptive regulatory approach. This means regulation follows market development. Using this approach allows for the hydrogen…

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EU Strategies for Hydrogen and Sector Integration Acknowledge Gas Storage

Almost four weeks after the German National Hydrogen Strategy was presented, the European Commission published the EU Strategies for Hydrogen and Sector Integration today. With its strategies, the Commission also addresses the role of gas storage facilities for a carbon-neutral…

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Gas Network Development Needs Paradigm Shift

German Transmission System Operators present the Network Development Plan (NDP) Gas 2020-2030 to the German Regulatory Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) today. Despite immense uncertainties the NDP includes new pipeline development for almost 9 billion euros. However, for the first time there is…

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National Hydrogen Strategy Triggers Transformation

The German government passes the much-anticipated National Hydrogen Strategy today, thereby leading the transformation path towards a carbon-neutral gas sector in an entirely carbon-neutral energy system. Many of the concerns of gas storage system operators have been addressed; however, at…

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Hydrogen is not Energy Storage yet

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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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