On 2 November 2012 the public consultation process of Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on the Electricity Grid Development Plan 2012 (NEP 2012) ended. BNetzA received more than 2,700 submissions.
Besides authorities, associations and companies, many individuals took the opportunity to play an active part in the consulation process. “I am pleased about the lively participation in the consultation process. This shows the great interest of the public in grid expansion”, Jochen Homann, president of BNetzA said. “Network expansion is one of the key points for a successful energy turnaround. Therefore, it is encouraging that so many people have been involved in the consultation process”, he concluded.
The consulted draft NEP 2012 contains all expansion projects which in the view of the transmission system operators are required by 2022 for a reliable power supply. The environmental report shows environmental impacts of these measures. These documents have been published on www.netzausbau.de.
A major part of the submissions relates to possible impact on the landscape and potential losses in value of real estates that may occur due to a new high voltages line in the neighbourhood and to electric and magnetic fields.
BNetzA will now evaluates the submissions. If approved by BNetzA, it is envisaged to hand the NEP 2012 over to the government and the federal legislator in December. NEP 2012 shall serve as a draft for the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” (Bundesbedarfsplan Übertragungsnetze – Section 12e).
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