Germany Will Invest Billions to Bolster Electric Grid

Germany announces plans to upgrade and expand its electricity grid over the next decade in order to help renewable energy sources fill the gap left by its phase-out of nuclear power.

Grid-at-SunsetAt the request of the German government, the country’s four grid operators – 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW – have drawn up a joint network development plan which identifies the necessary grid expansions over the coming years. The plan – co-ordinated by the federal network agency – was presented to Chancellor Angela Merkel, economics minister Philipp Rosler and federal environment minister Peter Altmaier. It will provide a basis for a federal plan designed to deliver the country’s energy transition.

According to the grid operators, “the nuclear phase-out and the increased supply of renewable energy are major challenges for the current infrastructure and require further development of the networks.” Their plan identifies the potential grid investments that may be needed in the coming period on the basis of various scenarios.

On-shore high-voltage grids in Germany will have to undergo considerable expansion in the next decade, the companies say. This expansion is necessary to facilitate German’s energy transition and the development of the European electricity market. In addition to the upgrading of 4400 km of existing transmission lines, the grid operators anticipate that the construction of some 3800 km of new high-voltage lines will be needed over the next ten years. These network upgrades and additions would require investment of some €20 billion ($25 billion) by 2022.

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Source: World Nuclear News