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17.07.2018

How to capture the value of energy storage in EU low carbon energy system?

On the 6th of July 2018, the Florence School of Regulation and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) jointly organised a policy workshop dedicated to ‘The Value […] read more

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17.05.2018

Future scenarios for GAS & Electricity: FSR at ENTSO-E and ENTSO-G joint workshop

Brussels, 17th May 2018 Today Maria Olczak (FSR Gas) will participate in the ENTSO-E and ENTSOG joint workshop on the interlinkage between gas and electricity […] read more

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Event Highlights

16.04.2018

Can Renewable Gas Contribute to the EU Decarbonisation Efforts?

Last Monday, the 9th of April 2018, the Florence School of Regulation organised a Policy Workshop “The Renewable Gas Complex and the European Path to […] read more

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Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

28.03.2018

Bottlenecks for delivering renewable gas

Written by Andris Piebalgs FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #4 Looking at the future of renewable gases or ‘green gas’ in Europe, it is […] read more

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Jean Michel Glachant

News

23.03.2018

FSR in Tokyo! Trading LNG at liquid and flexible hubs

On the 27th of March, Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation will participate in the workshop on ‘Trading LNG at liquid and […] read more

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The European experience with Renewable Gas

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #3 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs   In the 2012 assessment of the biogas development potential in Europe, Floris […] read more

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Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

14.03.2018

What is renewable gas?

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #2 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs Biogas, biomethane, green hydrogen, and synthetic natural gas (SNG) are all […] read more

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Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

7.03.2018

Could gas be a destination fuel for Europe?

Gas is well placed to supply back-up to intermittent renewable electricity because of the flexibility and short start-up times... read more

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Lights on WomenNews

29.01.2018

Who are ‘protected customers’ for the EU Regulation(s) for security of gas supply? The Eni SpA and Others case (C-226/16) and the margin of discretion of Member States

By Lucila de Almeida and Lavinia Tănase The Russia-Ukraine crisis in January 2009 brought an unprecedented disruption for the gas supply in Europe. It also […] read more

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How to capture the value of energy storage in EU low carbon energy system?

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On the 6th of July 2018, the Florence School of Regulation and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) jointly organised a policy workshop dedicated to ‘The Value of Energy Storage in Supporting EU’s Security of Supply and Decarbonisation Goals’.

Gas storage was traditionally one of the main sources of seasonal flexibility, security of supply and the system value. However, as some studies show, the value of storage has been challenged in recent years due to the decreasing gas demand, narrowing summer/winter spread, greater pipeline flexibility and converging energy prices across Europe.

Energy storage becomes even more important as the need to integrate a higher ratio of variable renewable energy into the energy system grows. The changing role of storage in a climate-friendly energy system and the potential alternative technologies such as Power-to-Gas (P2G) were the topics of the first session chaired by Andris Piebalgs (FSR).  In general, the participants agreed that the future energy system should be based on a more integrated approach such as sector coupling or sector integration linking both the electricity and gas sectors.

However, a more integrated approach might require some modifications to the current regulatory framework, which were discussed during the second session chaired by Lubor Veleba (GIE). Most participants agreed that all solutions should be market-based, but at the same time should ensure that the value of positive externalities created by gas storage is captured. Moreover, any potential regulatory changes need to be based on the principle of technology neutrality.

The workshop concluded with a discussion around the anticipated new Gas Package, expected to be released in 2020. The publication of 2020 Gas Package will be preceded with a number of significant events:  the discussions on the new Long-Term Climate Strategy, the sector coupling study launched by the European Commission to be released in the first quarter of 2019 and the follow-up study on sector coupling to be finalised by the end of 2019. One thing is certain; the following months will be crucial for the future of the gas sector in Europe.

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