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Meerbusch Announces to File Constitutional Complaint Against Law Accelerating Expansion of Electricity Grids

In late April Parliament (Bundestag) passed the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids”, part of which is the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks”, which contains two DC extra-high voltage power line projects that end respectively start in the town of Meerbusch-Osterath. The town of Meerbusch announced to file a constitutional complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court, alleging a violation of its municipal planning rights.

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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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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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Parliament Adopts Federal Requirement Plan for Electricity Transmission Networks

The Bundestag (Federal Parliament) adopted the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” as amended by the Economics Committee (ref. nos. 17/12638 and 17/13258).

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Public Hearing on Grid Expansion Bill

On Monday a public hearing on the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids” (ref. no. 17/12638) took place  in the Bundestag (Parliament). The bill contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks”, which establishes the necessity and urgency of 36 power line projects included in the plan with binding effect for transmission operators and planning authorities.

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BNetzA Permitting for Cross-border Extra-high Voltage Lines?

According to the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) and media sources, the federal states seem willing to transfer permitting competences pursuant to the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act for Transmission Networks (NABEG) for extra-high voltage lines which cross the borders of the federal states and/or national borders to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).

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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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Advisory Committee Grid Expansion Acceleration Act

The NABEG advisory committee has been established. The committee consists of representatives of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), the government and the federal states. It shall advise BNetzA on issues of fundamental importance relating to the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” (Bundesbedarfsplan Übertragungsnetze), federal planning for transmission networks and subsequent plan determination procedures.

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Chancellor Merkel: Grid Development Plan to Become Law by End of Year

In an interview with Rheinische Post (RP), chancellor Angela Merkel said the government planned to present a bill on the national grid development plan at the beginning of June and wanted the bill to become effective by the end of the year.

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More Laws of Energy Legislative Package Promulgated

More laws of the recent Energy Legislative Package have been promulgated in the Federal Law Gazette.

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