Swissgrid reinforces EHV line in Greater Bern


Since the Mühleberg nuclear power plant will be shut down at the end of 2019,  the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO), TSC member Swissgrid, is modernising and strengthening the transmission line between Bassecourt and Mühleberg near Bern, the de facto capital of Switzerland. The reinforcement of the extra high-voltage (EHV) line from 220 to 380kV along the existing pylons is part of the “Strategic Grid 2025” package of measures and one of the country’s major grid projects. The feed-in of 370MW that will be lost as a result of the nuclear power plant’s decommissioning will be compensated through imports. The 380/220kV transformer in Mühleberg will strengthen the general infrastructure, too. Swissgrid plans to take the reinforced line into operation by the end of 2019.

> See Swissgrid press release (html)

Picture: BKW Energie AG


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BESTGRID keeping current


The EU-funded BESTGRID project pools the forces of five TSOs (50Hertz, Elia, National Grid, TenneT and Terna), two environmental groups (BirdLife Europe and Germanwatch), one research institute (IIASA) and the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI). Launched in April 2013, the project works towards modernising and expanding the European electricity grid for the integration of a growing share of renewable energies. Now the partners have published a newsletter to inform about the project’s progress.

> Go to BESTGRID website

> See BESTGRID project flyer

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