Germany faces greater grid expansion in bid to meet 65 per cent green target

The German government’s objective of powering the country 65 per cent by renewables by 2030, will require a fresh investment in the power grid.

Grid operator BNetzA have stated that while much progress was made in grid expansion last year, more power lines will be needed to facilitate the 2030 target.
Overhead power lines and pylons
According to its annual report, the annual cost of redispatch and other grid-stabilizing measures rose again above Eur1bn in 2017 with full Q4 details not yet available.

Long-term, only new North-South power transmission lines will reduce such costs and ease stress on the grid with the permissioning process for major projects making some progress in 2017, it added.

The TSOs’ 10-year grid development plan had led to some 15,000 statements by the public, but added that route planning for the SuedLink and SuedOstLink projects is now on track for a 2025 start.

BNetzA president Jochen Homann stated in the report, “An increase in the share of renewables is therefore expected to lead to an increased grid expansion requirement even after all alternatives are taken into account,” adding that the current plan’s scenarios were based on a renewables share of 47.5 to 52.5 per cent.

The current plan estimates the cost of grid expansion to 2030 at around Eur50bn including offshore wind grid links.

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