Tag Archive for 'EnLAG'

Storage Federation Welcomes Demands by Federal Council to Extend Grid Fee Exemption for Storage Facilities

In a statement made concerning a bill submitted by the government amending various laws concerning power line extension, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) proposed to also extend grid fee exemptions for storage facilities. The German Federation for Energy Storage (BVES) welcomed the move, but called it not far-reaching enough.

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

Grid expansion necessary for the German energy 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.

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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.

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Plan Determination Procedure for Bavarian Section of Thuringian Power Bridge Project Launched

The authorities in Bavaria’s Oberfranken region have launched the plan determination procedure for the Bavarian section of the so-called Thüringer Strombrücke (Thuringian power bridge), a 380 kV extra-high voltage power line. The line shall connect the transformer station Bad Lauchstädt in Saxony-Anhalt with the transformer station Redwitz in Bavaria, crossing Thuringia.

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Federal Network Agency Published Monitoring Information on New Federal Requirement Plan and EnLAG Projects

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released additional monitoring information on the progress of various German electricity transmission system expansion projects on its website www.netzausbau.de. In addition to an update from the monitoring of the progress of grid expansion projects pursuant to the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG), the website now also provides information on the status of projects pursuant to the new Federal Requirement Plan (Bundesbedarfsplangesetz – BBPlG)

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Article on German Legal Regime for High Voltage Direct Current Power Lines

New high voltage direct current power lines can help to transmit electricity over long distances with relatively low transmission losses. My new article published in the law journal “Recht der Energiewirtschaft” (RdE – in German) assesses technical and legal aspects of constructing HVDC power lines in Germany.

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Federal Network Agency: Further Delay in Grid Expansion

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published quarterly figures of the agency’s monitoring of the process of gird expansion projects of the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG). These quarterly figures showed that most of the 24 extra-high voltage power line projects which receive priority treatment under the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG) are delayed.

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BNetzA Not To Designate Nuclear Back-Up Power Plant

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) will not excercise its right pursuant to the recent 13th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) to designate a back-up power plant.

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Tennet Takes Legal Action to Bring About Planning Permission Hearing for 380kV Power Line Project

Tennet, the originally Dutch transmission grid operator that acquired E.ON’s transmission system network in 2009, filed legal action with the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig to get the plan determination procedure started for its 380 kV line from Ganderkesee to St. Hülfe.

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Minister Brüderle Presents Key Points for Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG)

Federal Minister for Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle yesterday presented key points for an Act on the Acceleration of Grid Expansion (Netzausbaubeschleunigungsgesetz – NABEG). A speedy grid expansion has been identified as vital for the ambitious expansion targets for renewable energy in Germany by the ministry. Hence, NABEG aims at cutting permitting procedure times.

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