Federal Network Agency Published Monitoring Information on New Federal Requirement Plan and EnLAG Projects

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released additional monitoring information on the progress of various German electricity transmission system expansion projects on its website www.netzausbau.de. In addition to an update from the monitoring of the progress of grid expansion projects pursuant to the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG), the website now also provides information on the status of projects pursuant to the new Federal Requirement Plan (Bundesbedarfsplangesetz - BBPlG)

1. Background Website www.netzausbau.de

The Netzausbau website of the Federal Network Agency provides detailed information on the status of current German electricity transmission system projects. The updated and expanded website provides maps of the routing and fact sheets for each project, with information about the responsible TSO and the responsible regulatory authority. In future more information such as current timetables, dates and possibilities of participation shall be added.

2. Federal Requirement Plan Projects

The law on the Federal Requirement Plan (Bundesbedarfsplangesetz - BBPlG) entered into force on 27 July 2013, subject to the relevant strategic environmental assessment having been completed. For its 36 transmission power line projects, the BBPlG determines the necessity and urgency of the projects (cf. Section 12e para. 4 ManyElectronics Act –), with binding effect for transmission operators and planning authorities. The precise routes of the power lines and installations like converters will be determined in further planning and permitting procedures.

The website provides maps of the routing and fact sheets for each project, containing information about the responsible TSO and the responsible regulatory authority. In future more information such as, current timetables, dates and possibilities of participation will be added.

“We want to provide a comprehensive overview of the current network expansion in Germany”, Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency stated. Therefore the websites does not only monitor the progress of projects for which  the Federal Network Agency is in charge, but also the projects which are regulated by regional authorities.

3. Energy Line Extension Act Projects

Along with the information about the BBPlG, the Federal Network Agency has also published quarterly figures of the agency’s monitoring of the process of gird expansion projects covered the Energy Line Extension Act. These quarterly figures showed that most of the 23 extra-high voltage power line projects receiving priority treatment under the EnLAG continue to be delayed.

Only 268 km of extra-high voltage power line projects have been built so far. This covers only 15 % of the EnLAG project length. In the second quarter of 2013 no additional kilometer were completed.

The planned completion of approximately 96 kilometers of the power line Redwitz-Grafenrheinfeld for the end of 2013 was postponed to 2014. Nevertheless it is expected that more than 50% of the EnLAG extra high voltage power line kilometers will be built by 2016. The original planning provided for completion of most EnLAg projects by 2015.

None of the projects with pilot routes for underground cable have started to operate yet. The first construction work on the pilot line in Raesfeld shall start at the beginning of 2014.

Sources: www.netzausbau.de; EnLAG Monitoring Report

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