The Energy and Climate Change Committee examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and its associated public bodies. As experts on energy storage, ICE were asked to give oral evidence as part of the Committee's inquiry into low carbon network infrastructure.
Dr Grünewald's appearance follows ICE's written submission to the Committee's inquiry in November 2015 which urged DECC to consider energy its totality, not simply focusing on electricity. The submission repeated recommendations in ICE's flagship report 'Energy Storage: Realising the Potential', which was co-authored by Dr Grünewald.
During his appearance, he re-iterated the importance of a systems approach to energy demand planning, and along with other experts offered his knowledge of electricity storage and how it could help to manage sudden variations in demand, potentially saving millions of pounds in distribution and generation costs.
Amongst his contributions to an interesting and insightful look at the energy industry, he took the panel through the recommendations in the 'Energy Storage: Realising the Potential' report, which were to exempt storage operators from Balancing Services Use of System (BSUoS) charges, to classify storage as a specific activity for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and to make storage eligible for a percentage premium Feed in Tariff (FiT).
ICE's appearance in front of the Committee cements the Institution's position as the leading voice of infrastructure, and demonstrates its influential relationship with Government. ICE has also been instrumental in offering submissions to the newly formed National Infrastructure Commission on Transport, Electricity Interconnection and Storage and northern connectivity. The submissions have attracted a host of coverage and interest across several news organisations.