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EEX/EPEX Spot: Splitting German Power Market Increases Cost of Power Supply by up to EUR 100 Million per Year

A study carried out on behalf of the energy exchanges EEX and EPEX Spot comes the conclusion that a split of the German-Austrian power market into two bidding zones would increase the cost of power supply by up to EUR 100 million per year.

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BNetzA Receives Application for Major Grid Expansion Project Following Energy Turnaround: 500kV HVDC “SuedLink”

The Federal Network Agency has received the application for federal grid planning procedure for the so-called SuedLink (South Link) power line project, a new 600 to 700 km long 500kV HVDC power line linking Wilster in Northern Germany with Grafenrheinfeld in Southern Germany. SuedLink one of the most important power line projects contained in the Federal Requirement Plan adopted in 2013 following the decision in 2011 to phase-out nuclear power by 2022.

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TSOs Present Proposal for Major North South Power Line Project – Need Political Support and Postphone Road Shows

Yesterday the transmission system operators Tennet TSO and TransnetBW (TSOs) presented a proposal for the route of a major part of the so-called Suedlink extra-high voltage power line project. It shall links Wilster near Hamburg with Grafenrheinfeld in Bavaria. At the same time, the TSOs demanded clear political support for grid expansion and major power line projects such as Suedlink, announcing to postpone road shows informing the public about the project for the time being.

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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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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids

Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections focusing on the parties positions on the extension of grids and energy storage, the implementation of smart grids and of demand-side-management.  These issues generally relate to system operators’ obligations and therefore are subject to the regulatory framework governing transmission and distribution system operators.

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Amendment of 26th BImSchV on Electromagnetic Fields Enters into Force

On 21st August 2013 the ordinance amending the 26th Ordinance Implementing the Federal Immission Control Act Concerning Electromagnetic Fields (26th BImSchV) and the Ordinance Concerning Electromagnetic Fields in the Telecommunications Sector (BEMFV) was published in the Federal Law Gazette. It entered into force the following day. The ordinance shall improve protection and precautionary measures regarding health risks caused by electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. It has considerable importance for the energy sector.

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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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Parliament Clears Amendment of 26th BImSchV on Electromagnetic Fields

Parliament has cleared the way for an ordinance amending the 26th Ordinance Implementing the Federal Immission Control Act Concerning Electromagnetic Fields (26th BImSchV) and the Ordinance Concerning Electromagnetic Fields in the Telecommunications Sector (BEMFV). The ordinance shall improve protection and precautionary measures regarding health risks caused by electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. It has considerable importance for the energy sector.

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Bundesrat Passes Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks

In its session yesterday, the Bundesrat (Federal Council) did not object to the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids”, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” as adopted by the Bundestag (Parliament) in late April. The bill aims to speed up planning and permitting procedures concerning grid expansion projects in the transmission grids. The new law can now enter into force after promulgation (certain exceptions apply).

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BNetzA Publishes First YouTube Video on Conference Regarding Environmental Aspects of Grid Expansion

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has uploaded its first youtube video on the so-called Umweltdialog Conference (Environmental Dialogue Conference) held on 22 and 23 April 2013 in Hanover. The aim of the conference was to inform the public about the challenges of grid expansion in Germany and the impact on human beings and the environment.

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