30 Aug '13, 8am

Grid Expansion Delays Won't Derail Germany's Energy Transition, Analysis Finds

Grid Expansion Delays Won't Derail Germany's Energy Transition, Analysis Finds

Germany’s grid expansion plans are ambitious, involving four new HVDC cables from the north to the south of the country according to the national grid development plan, and some analysts believe they may not happen on schedule. A new report from renewables consultancy Ecofys, commissioned by the Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP), looked at Germany’s options if grid expansion is delayed, concluding that even in this case the nation can stay on its current renewable energy deployment track. “There are a number of reasons why there are concerns,” said Raffaele Piria, SEFEP’s programme director. “Some say grid expansion cannot or might not happen at the speed assumed by the official grid development plans, and the risk of delays has been used as a motivation to propose a slowdown in renewable energy deployment in Germany. Our study shows that even if there is a delay, i...

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