BSH Starts Consultation on Amended Draft of Offshore Grid Plan

On 28 Septrember the Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has published the amended draft of the offshore grid plan (Offshore-Netzplan) and started a public consultation. The public is asked to comment by 29 November 2012. The respective documents as well as an environmental report can be found online.

According to Germany’s energy concept, 25 GW of offshore wind power shall be installed in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North and the Baltic Seas by 2030. The offshore grid plans shall help to reach the government’s target for offshore wind power and shall provide planning certainty for investors. Since the revision of the German Energy Act (EnWG), which took effect last January, the BSH is required to establish an offshore grid plan every year in cooperation with the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU).

Amongst other issues, the draft North Sea offshore grid plan identifies offshore wind projects suitable for cluster connection, dividing them into 13 clusters. It also proposes sites for converter platforms, cross-border power lines and possible linkages between them. A separate offshore grid plan for the EEZ of the Baltic Sea is being prepared.

The documents will be available for review until 29 October 2012. Responses to the draft will be accepted by the BSH until 29 November 2012. A public hearing will take place on 30 October 2012 in Hamburg. Participants are requested to register by 18 October 2012.

Source: BSH

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