EASE call for removal of regulatory barriers to cold and heat storage

4 January, Brussels – The European Association of Storage for Energy (EASE) lobby group has released a Position Paper calling for regulatory barriers to be removed to increase the impact of Cold and Heat storage in meeting Europe’s energy challenges.

The paper calls for coherence between EU Directives and Regulations regarding the energy system and energy consumption. Firstly, they suggest changes to the primary energy factor used in efficiency calculations, where current calculations make electric heating and cooling technologies look less efficient than they are, as the energy factor does not yet represent the increased roll of RES-Electricity supply.

Secondly, they suggest scrutiny of regulations and standards that affect energy storage by independent regulators, and argue that regulations regarding storage allow storage to be allocated where socially optimal outcomes can be achieved.

EASE argue that heat and cold storage can provide flexibility to heating appliances based on heat coming directly from RES, such as solar thermal heating, and can support the integration of the heat and electricity sector, for example, through Smart Electric Thermal Storage (SETS) and electric heat pumps.

For more information, see the EASE Position Paper.

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