TransnetBW presents foresight on the power grid 2050


TransnetBW, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), presented its study “Electricity Grid 2050” (“Stromnetz 2050”) in a Twitter online event on 22 April. The study, in which the TSCNET shareholder drafts a scenario for a largely climate-neutral energy system in Germany and Europe, is now available to anyone interested. The TSO outlines a target vision of the German energy system after the climate protection and energy transition goals have been achieved and indicates, which requirements must be met at system and grid level in a sustainable energy future.

The live-stream presentation of the study, followed by an online question and answer session, was hosted by Michael Jesberger, member of the TransnetBW executive board, together with Christian Schorn, Head of Asset Management & Operations at TransnetBW, Dr. Felix Matthes, research coordinator for energy and climate policy at the Öko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology, a non-profit, private-sector environmental research institute) and Helmfried Meinel, Ministerial Director of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector.

“The energy transition is progressing, and climate policy goals have been set: By 2050, the energy system in Germany should be largely climate-neutral. The transmission grid plays a decisive role in this,” explained Michael Jesberger. “With the study ‘Electricity Grid 2050’, we are revealing how a greenhouse gas-neutral energy system can look like.” By considering the time after the climate targets are reached, the study extends the time frame beyond the requirements of national planning guidelines. “With this approach of thinking the energy transition from the end, the study provides a new basis for discussion of the methodological refinement of the German Network Development Plan (NEP), which so far only plans the transmission grids ten to 15 years in advance,” stated Christian Schorn.

According to the study, it is necessary to increase the installed capacity of wind energy and photovoltaic systems by three to four times compared to 2018 to achieve the energy and climate policy goals by 2050. In addition, the heating and transport sector will have to be largely electrified, which will lead to an increase in net electricity demand of over 50%. This will only be partially compensated by the integration of the European internal electricity market and the increasing cross-border electricity trade. Hence, the transmission grid planned in the NEP is not sufficient to achieve the energy goals. The integration of renewable energies requires a set of grid extension measures that goes far beyond the previous plans. The study “Electricity Grid 2050” offers a new level of detail of the future grid and is intended to stimulate a fruitful debate.

TransnetBW has presented an in-depth study on the future electricity infrastructure (picture of Michael Jesberger, Managing Director at TransnetBW: screenshot of the study’s online presentation)

> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)
> Visit Stromnetz 2050 website, in German (html)
> Download Stromnetz 2050 study, in German (pdf, 22.79MB)

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TransnetBW study presentation as online event


Challenging times demand creative solutions: TransnetBW, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), will present its study “Electricity Grid 2050” in a Twitter online event. In the study, the TSCNET shareholder develops a vision for a largely greenhouse gas-neutral energy system in Germany and Europe. TransnetBW extends the time perspective beyond the requirements of national planning guidelines and investigates what the energy system in Germany will look like once the energy and climate protection targets have been implemented. Obviously, a decisive issue for a TSO in this respect is how the appropriate grid infrastructure should develop by 2050.

The emphasis on the electricity infrastructure is fundamental for TransnetBW, because while the standards for the energy system in the year 2050 have already been determined – greenhouse gas neutrality in Germany and Europe – the planning of a demand-oriented grid in the German Network Development Plan for Electricity (NEP) is only carried out step by step and with a focus on the next 10 to 15 years. In contrast, TransnetBW is now presenting a “top down” view of the needed grid structure, which is new in its level of detail. The study also offers the opportunity to examine the transmission system designed in the NEP for its long-term sustainability.

TransnetBW is looking forward to presenting the study to all interested parties online instead of the originally intended personal presentation. The German-language livestream will start on 22 April 2020 at 10:30 a.m. under the Twitter hashtag #Stromnetz2050. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to discuss the study results live in an open question and answer session.

TransnetBW will present its vision of the future electricity infrastructure in a Twitter event on 22 April

> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)
> Direct link to Stromnetz 2050 Twitter event, in German (html)

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APG study on targets for renewables


A resilient electricity transmission grid is the most effective flexibility option for converting the energy system in the course of the energy transition. This is the result of a study conducted by the renowned consulting company “Energy Brainpool” on behalf of TSCNET shareholder APG, the Austrian transmission system operator (TSO). The aim of the study is to identify possible effects of the restructuring of the energy system and concrete measures so that Austria can sufficiently contribute to the international climate agreement. According to “Mission 2030”, the Austrian energy and climate strategy, the national target in this respect is to cover 100% of electricity consumption with renewable energies by 2030.

“A full focus on renewables is the only reasonable way,” states Gerhard Christiner, CTO at APG. “We fully support the political goals of the Austrian Federal Government.” Since the transformation of the energy system is a comprehensive project, it can only be realised with enormous effort of all parties involved. The new study shows that the expansion of renewables will lead to unprecedented volatility in power generation, which should best be countered with a strong transmission grid. The basic precondition for this is the rapid implementation of the existing grid extension plans.

“The APG grid development plan provides for an investment volume of more than two and a half billion euros over the next ten years to upgrade our infrastructure,” explains Thomas Karall, CFO at APG. That’s money well spent, for the results of the “Energy Brainpool” study show that, in principle, it is possible to achieve the targets set out in “Mission 2030″. But official approval procedures must be accelerated, because: “If we do not manage to extend the transmission grid on time, the energy system will reach its limits. Then it will not be possible to fully exploit the potential of renewable energies,” explains CTO Christiner.

Vienna-based APG presents the results of a study on the preconditions for the Austrian “Mission 2030” targets

> See APG press release, in German (html)
> Open study “Austria’s way towards 100% renewables”, in German (pdf, 1.19MB)

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Swiss study on transborder market design


Together with Swisselectric and management consultancy Pöyry, TSC member Swissgrid, the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO), conducted a feasibility study on crossborder marketing of flexibility. The proposal describes an alternative to capacity markets. Since yesterday, the study is available in German and can be downloaded for free.

> See Swissgrid press release (html)

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Study on Hydropower


The Austrian electricity company Verbund is one of Europe’s largest producers of electricity from hydropower in Europe and a member of the European Hydropower Initiative. Now the initiative published its youngest macro-economic study on behalf of 21 European hydropower companies and associations: “The hydropower sector‘s contribution to a sustainable and prosperous Europe.”

> See Verbund news (html, in German)

> Open Presentation of study results (pdf, 1.52mb, in English)

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Integrating the Nordic and German systems


On 6th of June, Agora Energiewende, a joint initiative of the Mercator Foundation and the European Climate Foundation, and the Swedish think tank Global Utmaning will present the results of a study about “Economic and Climate Effects of Increased Integration of the Nordic and German Electricity Systems” in Berlin, Germany. Representatives from the TSC member TSOs 50Hertz and TenneT will be among the speakers. The event will be held in English. Registration is now open.

> See Agora event page (html)

> See Agora online registration (html)

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