Electricity storage gets boost from simpler legislation

The act signed by the president provides for the abolition of double billing of network charges for energy introduced and collected from the storage.

The introduction of regulations specifying the rules of investments in energy storage is possible thanks to the amendment to the Energy Law signed by the president.

The amendment to the Energy Law, signed by the president on June 1, aims to create conditions for the development of electricity storage applications, including the removal of barriers that currently prevent investors from gaining economic benefits from using electricity storage.

As enumerated by the authors of the amendment to the Energy Law, the use of electricity storage will create the possibility of a quick response to changing power demand in the NPS, it will improve the voltage conditions of the grid operation, it will positively affect the scope of grid investments thanks to the possibility of using electricity storage instead of grid investments where it will be profitable and will also improve the use of energy from renewable sources.

The amendment is to standardize the very definition of electricity storage, which is to be understood as “an installation that allows electricity to be stored and fed into the power grid.”

The amendment also defines the efficiency of energy storage, understood as “the ratio of electricity exported from the electricity storage to electricity introduced to this storage, expressed as a percentage within one full cycle of operation of the electricity storage, using the nominal capacity of the storage and charging and discharging him with nominal power. “

The proposed change in the definition of end-user is intended to exclude energy used for energy storage from the final consumption category. Energy put into storage and losses related to energy storage will not be considered end-user consumption.

The act signed by the president provides for the abolition of double billing of network charges for energy introduced and collected from the storage, and also defines the concession obligations and complete exemption from the obligation to have electricity storage tariffs.

As a result of the adopted regulations, storage system operators will be released from the obligation to prepare tariffs, take into account the transition fee and the RES fee, and excise duty on energy purchases. The new law also provides for a reduction in the cost of the connection fee.

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