✅ Tomorrow, February 15, 2022 (https://cutt.ly/hPizI8E), at the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the agenda for voting is the Draft Law № 5436-d (https://cutt.ly/wPizRn5) on the development of energy storage systems (ESSs), which the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Energy and Housing and Communal Services recommends to be adopted in the second reading and in general.

The Draft Law proposes:

  • to introduce new terms: “energy storage system”, “energy storage system operator”, “fully integrated network elements”;
  • to create a new participant in the electricity market – “energy storage system operator” and define its rights and responsibilities; 
  • to settle the issue of licensing energy storage activities;
  • to settle the issue of the possibility of using the energy storage system by consumers, as well as electricity producers, in particular RES electricity producers.

We will remind, on February 8, 2022 (https://cutt.ly/7Pizm9E), at the regular meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Housing and Communal Services, as part of the Draft Law № 5436-d, an amendment to exclude pumped-storage hydroelectricity (PSH) from the definition of “energy storage system operator” was adopted, on which Ukrhydroenergo expressed a position against.

According to experts, the Draft Law provides for the establishment of a transmission tariff fee for ESSs on the balance between electricity pumped and generated into the grid – this is a certain stimulus for the ESS development, given the need to return capital investment in their construction.

According to the Conformity Assessment Report of generating capacities to cover projected electricity demand and provide necessary reserve in 2020, the Energy System needs to accelerate the introduction of electricity storage systems to maintain and restore frequency.

With the involvement of RES in the regulation and provision of reserves, the total capacity of electricity storage systems is required at the level of up to 0.5 GW with technical characteristics, that meet the requirements of the Transmission System Code (TSC) to the frequency recovery reserve. Without the RES involvement in the regulation or forced limitation of NPP capacity the need for electricity storage systems can increase up to 2 GW. https://cutt.ly/yPizzsW