This is very welcome news. As the UK is, for now at least, part of the European Union, then I hope that the concept and the classifications will be applicable here. If Brexit does occur then it certainly won't be before December, and for now I understand from a policy perspective it's business as usual re the EU. I shall be asking colleagues at the Renewable Energy Association for clarification from contacts at BEIS.
A proper classification for storage, and a technology neutral approach to the energy mix is a vital part of fully enabling renewables and storage to compete fairly and to achieve the efficiency and cost reductions we know the industry is capable of if not constrained. Viva the EU, whose idea was it to leave!!!
The ITRE report, approved on Tuesday, makes the case for energy storage within the context of the European energy market, and advocates a comprehensive definition of energy storage within the legislative text of the European Commission’s New Energy Market Design framework, also known as the ‘Winter Package’. “The growing share of variable renewable energy sources in the electricity mix requires stable backup from flexible and sustainable energy sources, and flexible technologies such as storage and demand-response,” the ITRE said in the report. “Energy storage is a key tool for bringing greater flexibility and efficiency to energy markets, but… there is still no regulatory mechanism in place making it possible to take advantage of an efficient storage system.” The report recommends a separate asset category for storage systems, and for storage devices to be defined in the regulatory framework.