Consultation of Offshore Grid Development Plan 2013 and Electricity Grid Development Plan 2013 Completed

The consultations of the Electricity Grid Development Plan (NEP 2013), the first Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP 2013) and the accompanying environmental report (Umweltbericht) has ended and resulted in 8,000 statements being made, mainly by private persons, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

NEP 2013 and O-NEP 2013 were prepared by the four German transmission operators and presented in March 2013 (for more information, please see our blog post). The NEPs, which had already been put up for consultation by the TSOs and revised thereafter, contain all the measures and steps for an optimisation, enhancement and expansion of the on- and offshore grids which in the opinion of the TSOs are needed to ensure a safe and reliable operation of the grids over the next ten years (i.e. until 2023), giving also an outlook until 2033.

BNetza has already informed about its preliminary assessment by publishing the drafts of the approving decisions in September 2013, when launching its consultation. Concerning the Electricity NEP 2013 BNetzA said at the time it was considering to approve 70 out of the 90 grid expansion and grid enhancement projects proposed by the TSOs. Like in the previous year BNetzA held road shows informing about the NEPs in six German cities.

Not surprisingly the majority of comments concerning the NEPs came from areas in which new power lines are proposed, or existing power line routes and existing infrastructure shall be used in further ways. Like in the previous year many comments came from the area of Meerbusch/Osterath in North Rhine-Westphalia. With more than 6,000 comments, however, the most statements were made with respect to the grid connection point Goldshöfe in Baden-Württemberg. The other projects which received large attention were the grid expansion project close to Winkelhaid in Bavaria and the project Kiel-Göhl in Schleswig-Holstein, BNetzA said.

BNetzA will review the comments and revise its decisions approving the NEPs and the environmental report if necessary. The approved 10-year grid development plan has to be handed over to the federal legislator at least every three years. It serves as a draft for the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” (Bundesbedarfsplan Übertragungsnetze – Section 12e EnWG; regarding the first Federal Requirement Plan, please click here).

Source: Federal Network Agency

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