Energy transition Expansion of the power grid is not making progress

Energy transition Expansion of the power grid is not making progress

Energy transition Expansion of the power grid is not making progress

The expansion of the power grids in the course of the energy transition is not progressing fast enough. According to the latest figures from the Federal Network Agency, of the 7700 kilometers required for network expansion, 1750 kilometers have currently been approved and only 950 have been implemented. The current pace of network expansion is lagging behind the rapid growth in the generation of renewable electricity, according to the Federal Network Agency. “The network expansion has to catch up.” In addition to new power lines, this also involves projects to strengthen existing networks.

On Tuesday, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, together with the Federal Network Agency, presented an action plan for a faster expansion of the power grids. It is the start of a three-day trip by the CDU politician with stops in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. He visits power plants, lines and underground cable construction sites and conducts public dialogues.

The SPD energy politician Bernd Westphal told the German Press Agency: “Unfortunately, the network expansion is currently lagging behind. It is important that the minister swiftly follows his high-profile summer trip into action. “Altmaier must present a draft law on the main challenges in network expansion and optimization. The green energy politician Ingrid told the dpa that the federal government had shifted responsibility to the federal states for too long when it came to expanding the grid. “As a result, the speed of implementation varies widely. We need an intensive dialogue with the local people and effective and early participation. “

In many places there is resistance from residents, farmers and environmentalists to the construction of new electricity highways and new lines. However, the power grid must be expanded to make it suitable for the energy transition, explained the Federal Network Agency. The expansion of renewable energies has progressed enormously, and their share is set to continue to increase massively. The last nuclear power plant will be shut down by 2022. The developments have massive consequences for the power grid, which threatens to reach its capacity limits.
Wind power is mainly produced on the coasts; it has to be transported to the large industrial centers in the south and south-west. New power lines are needed for this, thousands of kilometers are involved. The central new power highways Südlink and Südostlink, which cost billions, should be ready by 2025.