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Green electricity from north to south: Green light for faster expansion of power lines

Green electricity from north to south: Green light for faster expansion of power lines
Green electricity from north to south: Green light for faster expansion of power lines

In order to bring the green electricity produced in the north to the south, functioning lines are needed. The Bundestag has now approved the faster expansion. Cost: almost 47 billion euros.

In order to further advance the energy transition, the electricity grids are to be expanded more quickly. The Bundestag gave the green light for this on Friday with a change in the law. According to this, the expansion of two power lines that are intended to transport green electricity from the north of Germany to the south is to be brought forward. Specifically, this concerns nine lines that are now to be included in the federal requirements plan ahead of schedule and thus built more quickly. When exactly construction can start depends on the plans of the Federal Network Agency and the transmission system operators. However, with the Bundestag’s decision, the expansion can begin as soon as possible.

Electricity should reach the south and west more quickly

The change that has now been decided on concerns nine electricity highways that are planned as underground cables, explained SPD energy politician Markus Hümpfer in the Bundestag. These are part of the so-called North-East Link, which transports electricity from Schleswig-Holstein to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, as well as the Rhine-Main Link. The Rhine-Main Link is intended to better transport electricity from Lower Saxony to the south in the future.

Costs for electricity customers could rise

According to the draft law, the expansion of the lines will cost around 47 billion euros. This could also lead to an increase in electricity costs for consumers. According to the draft, the network fees, which are passed on to all electricity customers, will rise by around 80 euros net per year as a result of the investments. However, Green Party politician Ingrid Nestle believes that this effect will be offset by cost reductions elsewhere. “We will all benefit greatly from the network expansion,” Nestle told the dpa news agency. The additional costs of network fees will offset savings, as the new lines will lead to fewer energy bottlenecks and the use of “expensive fossil power plants” will be limited. Most households – especially those with low incomes – will not be affected by the increase, she assured.

FDP parliamentary group vice-chairman Lukas Köhler also believes that the expansion of the network will lead to a secure power supply “at reasonable prices” in the long term.

Beyond the new power lines, the Bundestag was actually supposed to deal with further changes to the law on the expansion of renewable energies on Friday. For example, comprehensive regulations for the implementation of a corresponding EU directive into national law were to be discussed. However, according to the Federal Ministry of Economics, this discussion has been postponed to a “later date”.

Source: Stern

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