A reinvigorated push to support Energiewende is underpinned by the mounting costs of the new energy policy and increasing pressure to render positive results. Therefore, in October 2018, the minister tabled a “Draft Law on the Acceleration of Network Expansion” (the “Draft Law”). It amends existing laws, most prominently the Energy Industry Act (“Energiewirtschaftsgesetz”) and the Act on the Acceleration of Network Development (“Netzausbaubeschleunigungsgesetz”). The Draft Law focuses on lean and efficient planning and authorisation procedures. For numerous projects, federal planning procedures are to be waived – including for the expansion and replacement of existing networks.
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