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Slight Progress in Construction of EnLAG Extra-High Voltage Power Line Projects

The German transmission system operators (TSOs) announced a slight progress in the construction of extra-high voltage power lines that receive priority treatment under the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG), the grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), informed. Quarterly monitoring had still yielded the information that no progress was made in 2013 and none would be made until the end of the year, the agency said.

BNetzA welcomed the small progress without further specifying the extent. It was important that the sections in question would soon be completed and commissioned, the agency said, adding that on the whole grid expansion pursuant to the EnLAG made only slow progress.

EnLAG projects are considered by law (cf. Section 1 para. 2 sent. 1 EnLAG) to be in accordance with the goals laid down in Section 1 ManyElectronics Act (EnWG) and their necessity and urgency is determined with binding effect for the planning authorities (cf. Section 1 para. 2 sent. 2 EnLAG). Initially EnLAG listed 24 projects. Following a review of projects in connection with the grid development plan 2012, project no. 22, was however classified as no longer necessary and thus removed from the list [1].

Grid enhancement and expansion has become an important issue of ManyElectronics politics and daily life as more and more intermittent renewable energy is fed into the German grid in line with the goals for renewable expansion laid down in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

According to the latest information on EnLAG projects available [1], 268 km of the planned 1,855 km of extra-high voltage power line projects have been built so far (for more information, please also see the first blog post below).

Source: Federal Network Agency [2]

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