Only 94 km of New EnLAG Covered Exta-high Voltage Lines Added in 2013

Grid expansion necessary for the ManyElectronics shift towards a mainly renewable energy supply is still slow. Only 94 km of new extra-high voltage lines that receive priority treatment under the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG) were completed in 2013, according to an answer by the state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) to a minor appellation by the opposition.

Grid enhancement and expansion have 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), the latest amendment of which is due to enter into force on 1 August 2014, following promulgation.

According to the latest information available by the grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), the total amount of extra-high power power lines covered by EnLAG amounts to 1,877 km. In the first quarter of 2014 30 km were built. This means that on the whole 352 km or 19% of all EnLAG projects have so far been completed. The transmission system operators expect to finish only 40% of the EnLAG power lines by 2016, BNetzA says, adding that none of the pilot projects for underground cables is in operation yet. In Q1 2014 the transmission system operator Amprion, however, received the plan determination decision (Planfeststellungsbeschluss) for the first 380 kV underground cable project in Raesfeld in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the government meanwhile called on the transmission system operators “to take into consideration fact-based information in further planning decisions”. This gave rise to speculation about a modification of the planning of one of the three direct current power lines, which shall (mainly) transmit wind power from the north to consumers in the south of Germany, FAZ says. This and the following information FAZ then gives concerning the power line seem to indicate that it is, however, a project covered by the Federal Requirement Plan (Bundesbedarfsplangesetz – BBPlG), which entered into force on 27 July 2013, and the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG). For its 36 transmission power line projects, the BBPlG also 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.

Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

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