Germany's BNetzA endorses power grid development plan for 2021-2035

17 Jan 2022

The German energy regulator Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) has approved the country's 2021-2035 electricity network development plan, which envisions around 1,000 km of additional lines and reinforcements of existing grid. The public agency greenlighted 28 new measures for the construction of power lines, including two additional EHV-DC transmission corridors between Rastede (Lower Saxony) and Bürstadt (Hesse) and Heide (Schleswig-Holstein) and Klein Rogahn (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) to transport wind power produced offshore and in northern Germany to consumption centres in the South. The BNetzA has also confirmed two major corridors that were included in the 2019-2030 development plan, namely between Wilhelmshaven and the Hamm region and between Heide and Polsum. In addition, the 2021-2035 development plan considers 11 more offshore connection systems in the North Sea and Baltic Sea to be necessary by 2040 compared to the previous plans, enabling the connection of 40 GW of offshore wind power by 2040. Finally, in connection with offshore wind, two projects in which direct current (DC) lines with a capacity of 2 GW can be networked using multi-terminal technology have also been endorsed.

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