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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Gas Storage Levels no Risk for Security of Supply yet

Die Gasspeicher weisen aktuell einen historischen Tiefststand auf. Eine Gefahr für die Versorgungssicherheit besteht für die erste Winterhälfte derzeit nicht. Die technischen Potenziale zur Einspeicherung sind ausreichend vorhanden. Zur Ausnutzung dieser Potenziale ist ein vorausschauendes Handeln aller Akteure, insbesondere die…

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INES Comments on Hydrogen Network Tariff Regulation

The German Ministry of the Economy currently consults a Hydrogen Network Tariff Regulation. The regulation determines admissable costs for voluntarily regulated hydrogen network operators. INES believes that the regulation must ensure that costs are defined on a level that would…

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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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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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