Federal Network Agency Approves New Extra-High Voltage Line in NRW

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the German grid regulator, took an important decision for the expansion of the electricity grid in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) by approving the investment budget for a new extra-high voltage power line from Kruckel to Dauersberg last Friday.

The 128 km extra-high voltage line, which is to be built by Amprion GmbH (formerly RWE Transportnetz Strom GmbH), will run along a north-south axis through NRW. It is one of the most important of 24 projects which are given priority pursuant to the Energieleitungsausbaugesetz (Act on the Expansion of the Electricity Grid – EnLAG).

The additional grid capacity shall reduce potential transmission bottlenecks for north-south transmission. It is intended to make an important contribution to the integration of wind power in the German and European grid. “Our decision helps to guarantee the necessary costs of capital and creates predictability of planning decisions for the grid operator. This is an important driving force for growth and employment in the current economic situation”, said Matthias Kurth, President of the Federal Network Agency.

Transmission system operators can apply for investment budgets for expansion and restructuring projects with the Federal Network Agency. The approval of investment budget ultimately allows system operators to include additional costs in their calculation of grid fees as provided for in the Incentive Regulation Ordinance.

As yet, roughly 480 applications with an investment volume of a total of EUR 15 billion have been filed. 320 applications with a volume of EUR 7.4 billion have been processed.

Source: Bundesnetzagentur

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