News Digest Item
04 Oct 2017

Power grid: Legal concerns could stand in the way of farmers’ compensation demands – law firm report


“Considerable legal concerns” could stand in the way of German farmers’ demand for recurring compensation payments if power lines are built on their land, according to a law firm report commissioned by energy industry association the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), seen by Handelsblatt. Landowners already receive substantial compensation payments and the land could still be used after power lines are installed, BDEW head Stefan Kapferer told Handelsblatt. Demands for further compensation were “completely unreasonable”, Kapferer said, and would lead to “over compensation” in conflict with public interest, according to the report.

Find the article (behind paywall) in German here.

For more information, see the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid.

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