Gas Storage - Bridging Energy Transition
and Energy Security

Gas storage contributes to a large extent to the success of the energy transition in Germany and Europe. Gas storage guarantees a secure gas supply, functions as a cornerstone of an affordable energy system, and provides a storage solution for renewable energy in the future. INES is the association of gas storage system operators in Germany. INES’ members represent over 90 per cent of German gas storage capacities and account for more than 20 per cent of gas storage capacities in the European Union.

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February update makes cold snap in January 2024 visible

Berlin, February 8th, 2024

INES has published the February update on the association's own gas scenarios. Temperatures in winter 2023/2024 continue to be above normal temperatures. The gas storage level is above the historical average despite the cold spell in January 2024. As a…

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INES conducts market survey on hydrogen storage systems

Berlin, February 2nd, 2024

In April, INES conducts a market survey on the specific demand structures for hydrogen storage (Market Assessment for Hydrogen Storage, MAHS) for the first time. In accordance with Article 8 of the EU Regulation on internal markets for renewable gases…

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Gas scenarios: January update with end-of-year review

Berlin, January 16th, 2024

The Initiative Energien Speichern e.V. (INES) presented an update for the association's own gas scenarios on January 16, 2024. The January update complements the update of the previous gas scenarios with an outlook for the summer of 2024. The outlook…

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INES transmits detailed analysis of the hydrogen core network

Berlin, January 9, 2024

As part of a consultation process on the draft application for the hydrogen core network, INES submitted a statement in the form of a detailed analysis to the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). The detailed analysis makes clear that the hydrogen…

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Policies and Objectives

Storage for Europe's
Energy Future

Gas storage plays a decisive role in a carbon-neutral energy supply. The Power-to-Gas technology allows electricity from renewable sources to be converted into green gases and then be stored in gas storage facilities for longer periods of time. Thus, gas storage provides a means for renewable energies to be available at all times - on short notice and as flexibly as necessary.

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Security of Supply:
Today and Tomorrow

Gas storage is a cornerstone of the energy infrastructure in Europe. When demand peaks on cold winter days, up to 60 per cent of Germany's gas supply is provided by gas storage facilities. Looking at future storage needs for renewable energies, however, gas storage will also be a necessary pillar of a secure energy system in the future.

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Affordable Energy for Germany and Europe

Gas storage meets gas demands flexibly and locally. It thereby reduces the necessity to invest excessively in new transport infrastructure in the gas as well as the electricity sector. Hence, gas storage reduces the costs of the energy system and plays a vital role in securing an affordable energy transition throughout the future.

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