The Bundesnetzagentur's new responsibility
The demands on the energy networks of the future are diverse. Consumers want a reliable energy supply at the best possible price. Energy suppliers and network operators need framework conditions in which their investments will pay off. Conservationists want to make sure that animals and plants are not affected by the changes. And local residents expect their property to be protected. The Bundesnetzagentur's role is to find the right balance.
The Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG) and the Energy Act (EnWG) passed in 2011 gave us an extensive range of new tasks relating to the expansion of Germany's extra-high voltage networks.
These tasks include
- approving the Scenario Framework, having evaluated the responses to the public consultation,
- examining and confirming the Network Development Plan,
- assessing the environmental impact of the network projects and compiling an environmental report,
- submitting the Network Development Plan as a draft Federal Requirements Plan to the federal government,
- regional planning activities as part of the Federal Sectoral Planning process and
- laying down the exact routes for the projects spanning federal state or national borders in the planning approval procedure.
There are a wide range of opportunities for people to access information and become actively involved, enabling anyone wishing to do so to gain comprehensive information and contribute their opinions, concerns and ideas. These contributions feed through us into the ongoing proceedings.
Putting the planning approval decisions into practice – installing or upgrading the lines – is the task of the transmission system operators. The operators recoup their investment through their network charges, meaning that it is the consumers who indirectly bear the costs of the investment. Our goal is therefore to ensure that Germany's networks are expanded only as much as is necessary for a secure energy supply.