At national and global scales the electricity generation mix is undergoing rapid change with increased focus on intermittent low carbon generation and increasing proportions of generation distributed across electricity grids.
On the demand side there is electrification of key markets such as heating and transport as well as increasingly complex interactions between consumers and electricity grids through smart devices. Taken together these present a series of ongoing challenges for national governments to manage their electricity markets and infrastructure.
Energy Storage has the ability to address or mitigate many of these issues by allowing the time of use of electricity to be shifted to meet demand and by virtue of its capability to respond in real-time. This allows intermittent generation to better match demand profiles and allows grid operators to manage infrastructure and supply/demand fluctuations more efficiently.
Recent technological developments and large scale battery production have reduced the technology price to a viable level in many cases. However the regulated nature of market structures in many countries is not set up to optimise the benefits of energy storage due to the rapid development of the technology in recent years. In this context the legal and regulatory issues surrounding energy storage can appear complex, demanding and challenging to navigate.
In addition, the practical relevance of electromobility increases. In the context of energy storage, this is all the more remarkable concerning the fact that the batteries used for electric vehicles eventually contain stored electricity. In this regard, the use of batteries in electric vehicles and, in particular the recharging of these batteries at the designated recharging points, represents a legally fascinating as well as a practically relevant case of usage of stored energy. The questions concerning electromobility in the context of electricity storage are similarly complex and particularly relevant from a legal and energy economic point of view.
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The European Commission has cleared Poland's €36 million investment aid to LG Chem for a new electric vehicle batteries plant in the Dolnoślaskie region under the EU State aid rules.
A brief summary of recent regulatory and market updates on energy storage in the UK
Ofgem released draft guidance on Thursday 14th December which seeks to clarify existing guidance documents on the requirements that generators must satisfy under the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Feed-in Tariff (FIT) ...
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