E.on Netz is to spend EUR 80 million building a new 110 kV high-voltage transmission network to take more wind generated electricity on board. Planning applications have been lodged to build 100 kilometres of cable in the west coast and eastern Holstein regions. The measures are designed to meet forecasts of onshore wind energy growth of another 1000 MW to 2006 in addition to the 1500 MW installed in Schleswig-Holstein at the end of 2001. The cost of the expansion work will be rolled over via network usage charges to electricity consumers using E.on Netz' electricity grid. "Our network capacity in Schleswig-Holstein has been exhausted by the wind boom and we are already at the limit. To secure the operation of our network in the north we have to invest, and we are preparing for further network expansion measures in the coastal areas in the coming years," says Martin Fuchs, head of E.on Netz.