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 Assembly takes groundbreaking decisions

The current INES Board has been confirmed in office for the next two years. The Initiative Erdgasspeicher starts with a new website and hires employees. Erdgasspeicher Peissen GmbH joins INES on 1 January 2020.

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German Federal Council Adopts Resolution on Gas Storage in Germany

7 June 2019

INES welcomes today's resolution of the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) on gas storage in Germany. The resolution states that gas storage makes a significant contribution to security of supply and is a cornerstone of the energy transition.

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Planning approval must continue to apply unbundling regulations

9 April 2019

The German Bundestag passed on April 5, 2019 the Law for the Acceleration of the Extension of Electricity Grids (NABEG). INES trusts that the competent federal authorities continue to apply unbundling regulations in context of the approval procedures for Power-to-Gas…

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Study Shows That Gas Storage Reduces Energy Costs by € 2.2 Billion

25 February 2019

Each year, the energy system in Germany using gas storage saves about 2.2 billion euros compared to a gas supply which relies exclusively on gas imports and network expansion. This is the conclusion of the study "System Value of Gas…

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Haack joins INES Board, Bleschke continues as Management Director

21 December 2018

Carsten Haack (Trianel Gasspeicher Epe GmbH & Co. KG) succeeds Alain Caracatzanis (Storengy Deutschland GmbH) as Member of the Board at INES. The latter resigned from his office before the end of the term. Sebastian Bleschke was confirmed in office…

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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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