Costs of around two billion euros
“We are continuing to accelerate the network expansion”, said Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency. The approval authority largely follows the proposal of the transmission system operator Amprion, who is planning and building the power line.
Is electricity going to get even more expensive?
Energy industry experts assume that the two billion euros in costs for the route will be passed on via the network charges. This is fueling consumer concerns that electricity prices in Germany – currently the highest in Europe and in the world – are rising Level hold or continue to rise.
The Federal Audit Office recently commented on the implementation of the energy transition as follows: “A high level of effort combined with considerable expenses and costs is still a core element of the energy transition.” And he added “that a reliable and affordable supply of private households and businesses with electricity is increasingly questionable” be.
The public should be comprehensively involved in the planning
However, the public should be fully involved in the planning approval process. In this approval step, the exact course of the line within the route corridor is determined. According to Amprion, the first construction work should start in late 2023 and early 2024 and take around three years.
According to the original plans, the line should go into operation in 2025. As a precaution, Amprion has listed the year 2027 as an alternative in the latest network development plan.
Amprion wants to compensate farmers
The route corridor in which the cables will be laid will be up to one kilometer wide, which will result in considerable interference with nature. This aspect had repeatedly led to public protests in the past.
Amprion roughly estimates that around 2,000 owners along the route in NRW will be affected by the construction work. The company announced that it would compensate farmers in the Münsterland and Lower Rhine region for the loss of land and crops during the three-year construction period.
Environmentalists: Why not develop renewable energies in the south?
Jürgen Kruse from the Waldschutz-Bündnis Steinfurt / Borken expressed his fear to the WDR that this might be responsible for the construction of the route “very valuable parts of the forest are sacrificed”. Environmentalists should be able to ask the question “Whether you really have to transport electricity from the North Sea to Bavaria, for example, or you can’t make sure that enough renewable energies are developed in the south as well”.
In addition, only large corporations could finance such route projects: “Wouldn’t it be more sensible and more democratic to have a lot of small solutions on site with citizen participation in the form of energy cooperatives? Then there would also be greater acceptance for wind energy”, so Kruse.