05/30/2012

BDEW on the start of the consultation process on the grid development plan:

Politicians must timely define important line projects

The BDEW constructively participates in the consultation process / Müller: The grid development issue must not be turned into an election campaign topic

Berlin, 30 May 2012 – „The transmission system operators’ grid development plan presented today is important with a view to enabling the development of renewable energies to be synchronised with the necessary grid development. The BDEW will constructively participate in the consultation procedure“, said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW). The government has announced to present a federal demand plan law for priority line projects in Germany based on the grid development plan. The energy sector advocates this approach but draws attention to the need for timely implementation. „It is up to politicians to launch the grid development issue as soon as possible in order not to turn it into a topic for the upcoming election campaign. Personal interests must be left aside when it comes to the urgently needed grid development. The early dialogue with citizens must therefore not be disregarded. At stake is the backbone of the energy transition and thus a task to be pursued by all players for the sake of society as a whole", Hildegard Müller emphasised.

By the amendment of the Energy Industry Act (Energiewirtschaftsgesetz - EnWG) in 2011, grid development planning was put on a new basis. In this context, the BDEW basically also welcomes the law on the acceleration of grid development which is to enhance transparency of the grid development to citizens and accelerate the construction of new line routes. An essential amendment achieved by the entry into force of the EnWG on 4 August 2011, is the annual elaboration of an electricity grid development plan by the transmission system operators (TSO). This plan has to be submitted for the first time to the authorisation authority not later than 3 June 2012, and subsequently as per 3 March every year.

Since entry into force of the EnWG, the four transmission system operators have successfully and transparently carried out numerous dialogue events on the grid development plan in cooperation with the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur - BNetzA). The first draft of the grid development plan has been published on the Website www.netzentwicklungsplan.de. The plan is based on the scenarios approved by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on 20 December 2011. All three and four scenarios, respectively, were modelled and accordingly represented in the grid development plan.

The period of consultation on the plan will be six weeks and expire on 10 July 2012. The BDEW will participate in the consultation. Besides, every citizen may take part in this consultation process. After its termination, the statements received shall be taken into consideration in the grid development plan. Moreover, all position statements will be handed over to the BNetzA which ultimately has to decide whether and in which form the statements received will be taken into account in the grid development plan.

The grid development pan confirmed by the BNetzA will be submitted to the Federal Government as draft for a law on a federal demand plan. The routes then decided by the Bundestag shall be regarded in subsequent authorisation procedures as necessary in energy terms and rank among priority requirements. „The energy industry welcomes this approach and hopes that synchronisation between the development of renewable energies and the grid will be improved. Only in this way can the transition be made a success“, Hildegard Müller declared.

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