EU presents 22 projects for grid expansion in Germany
Oct 16, 2013 - The European Commission Monday presented 22 projects for power grid expansion in Germany as part of a broader plan for the development of a total of 250 energy infrastructure projects in Europe until 2020.
The Commission has prepared 140 projects in the field of electricity transmission and storage, around 100 projects involving gas transmission and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as projects for oil and smart grids in a transeuropean energy network. The Commission will pour EUR 5.85 billion (USD 7.9bn) into the initiatives.
The programmes to be carried out in Germany include the connection of the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein with the south-eastern state of Bavaria, which will facilitate the transportation of generated electricity by offshore wind farms and the integration of the photovoltaic (PV) solar systems in southern Germany.
The transeuropean energy infrastructure will strengthen competition on the European energy market, secure electricity supply, diversify energy sources and reduce CO2 emissions, the Commission said.