Energy storage gets huge boost from politicians

State-owned public power company PGE has said that in targeting carbon neutrality by 2050 it is planning at least 800MW of energy storage deployments by 2030.

Policymakers in Poland have removed legal and regulatory barriers to the development of the energy storage industry.

The Polish Parliament adopted an amendment to national Energy Law concerning the treatment and definition of energy storage, with 443 members of parliament voting in favour of a bill, only three opposing it and no abstentions.

The comprehensive regulations “open up the possibility of using energy storage facilities in various areas of the power system,” Barbara Adamska, president of the Polish Energy Storage Association told Energy-Storage.news. The new rules cover the licensing of electricity storage systems in what Adamska said is a “rational” way and eliminates tariff obligations for “double charging” for energy storage systems’ connection to the grid.

As such, the new rules incentivise energy storage not by drawing subsidies or support funding from the public purse but instead by reducing the fee payable by owners and operators of energy storage assets for connecting to the grid. The new rules create an opportunity for Poland to create a broad energy storage industry, PSME’s president said, from the development of technologies and products to the creation of jobs.

State-owned public power company PGE has said that in targeting carbon neutrality by 2050 it is planning at least 800MW of energy storage deployments by 2030, while the number of prosumers in Poland has leaped from about 4,000 at the end of 2015 to more than 450,000 by the end of last year, according to figures quoted by PSME.

The country will also be introducing auctions for hybrid renewable installations — facilities combining at least two renewable energy systems and an energy storage facility to have a utilisation factor of at least 60%. This year, around 5MW of resources of 1MW or less and 15MW of larger installations are expected to be tendered for in a pilot auction.

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