Growing the Grid
Germany’s public utilitites regulatory body, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), says that the country made major progress in expanding its power grid in 2019.
Over that twelve-month period, 1300 kilometers of grid expansion were realized, while a further 830 were approved. The expansions are part of 7700 kilometers of envisioned extensions. An additional 3600 kilometers are foreseen by 2030 as existing connections are strengthened.
The government is putting its money where its mouth is where the grid is concerned. BNetzA says that more than EUR 1.4 billion was spent on grid and supply security measures in 2018.
In response to strains on the grid in June 2019, the agency is also cracking down on companies that fail to meet their responsibilities in terms of maintaining Germany’s power supply.