Press release: Principles for the future expansion and undergrounding of the overall electricity grid
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Published on 15 September 2010 21.17
Press release: Principles for the future expansion and undergrounding of the overall electricity grid

Yesterday, the Electricity Infrastructure Committee presented its report on the future expansion and undergrounding of the electricity transmission grid to the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Connie Hedegaard. Afterwards, the chairman of the Committee presented the report to the parties behind the energy agreement. The report is to form the basis of a political decision on the future model for expanding and undergrounding the overall electricity grid in Denmark.

- The overall electricity grid must be expanded and adapted on a continuous basis as the share of renewable energy and the trading capacity with other countries grow, says Peter Jørgensen, chairman of the Electricity Infrastructure Committee.

- An adequate and robust electricity grid is a precondition for realising the energy-political objectives for the security of supply, efficient competition on the power market, environmental considerations and cost-effective solutions. This is the background for the report.

The report is a technical account listing six expansion principles for the overall electricity grid on the basis of specific expansion models.

In the report, the Committee outlines the environmental, landscape, technical, cost-related and socioeconomic consequences of the individual expansion models. An assessment of the consequences for the grid tariffs is also included.

The Electricity Infrastructure Committee was set up in the summer of 2007 by Flemming Hansen, the then Minister for Transport and Energy, with the purpose of preparing a technical report on the future expansion of the overall electricity grid. The Committee comprises representatives of the Ministry of Climate and Energy, the Danish Energy Authority, Energinet.dk, the Danish Ministry of the Environment as represented by the Agency for Spatial and Environmental Planning, Odense Regional Environmental Centre, the Danish Ministry of Finance, the National Association of Local Authorities in Denmark and the Danish Energy Association.

The Committee has held a total of nine meetings.

The Ministry of Climate and Energy will now use the report to start the further work to assess whether it is necessary to change the present expansion principles.

You can download the main conclusions under "Related documents" below and a summary of the report here.

Additional information
Peter Jørgensen, chairman of the Electricity Infrastructure Committee, Vice President, Planning, Energinet.dk, tel. +45 76 22 44 20, mobile 23 33 85 38.

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