27 January 2016 - Bayreuth, Berlin, Dortmund, Stuttgart. The four German transmission system operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW have agreed new responsibility principles for the construction and operation of direct current lines (HVDC). The reason for this are the new legal regulations for grid development, which entered into force in January. It is the transmission system operators' common goal to further the expansion of the transmission grid needed for the success of the energy transition as quickly and with as much public acceptance as possible.
The agreement basically provides the following competences: now that the end point of the South-East Passage direct current line has been moved from Gundremmingen to Isar in TenneT's control area, TenneT will be responsible for the Bavarian section of the project. 50Hertz will stay responsible for the northern part of the South-East Passage from the Bavarian state border up to Wolmirstedt near Magdeburg. Transmission system operator Amprion, which is already implementing the southern part of Corridor A (Ultranet) together with TransnetBW, will realise the complete section of Corridor A North.
The companies' main objective is to realise the projects without delay. After all, in order to guarantee the stability of the electricity supply, the German transmission system operators have to intervene in the market and grid ever more frequently: in the past year the costs for these grid stabilisation measures already amounted to one billion EUR for all of Germany. The main cause is the lack of grid development on the German north-south axis, leading to transport bottlenecks in the transmission system.
50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Kerstin Rippel, T +49 30 5150 3418, M +49 172 5805691, E firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Wiede, T +49 231 5849 13679, M +49 162 1938047, E email@example.com
TenneT TSO GmbH
Ulrike Hörchens, T +49 921 50740 4045, M +49 151 17131120, E firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina König, T +49 21858 3155, M +49 173 650 7067, E email@example.com
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