News Digest Item
09 May 2018

Grid agency sees progress in grid expansion

Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)

The planning procedures for Germany’s transmission power grid expansion, including the two large direct-current power lines between the North and South of the country (SuedLink and SuedOstLink), have seen “distinct progress” in 2017, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur BNetzA) says in its new annual report. However, the expansion of the grid was not happening at the same pace as the growth in renewable installations, which made grid stability measures (re-dispatch) necessary at times of peak renewables production, the agency said. Costs for re-dispatch and other stabilising measures were over 1.2 billion euros in 2017.

Find the annual report in German here.

For an in-depth analysis of the German grid expansion issue see here.

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