Grid self-help by Enercon in eastern Germany

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Germany's leading supplier of wind turbines, Enercon, is investing EUR 40 million in building an "internal transmission network" to secure the swift connection of new wind power stations in the state of Brandenburg to the high voltage transmission network. Commissioning of the planned 76 kilometre 110 kV network and 200 kilometre 30 kV cable, both of which will go underground, is due in November, says the company. While the project would have been economically viable for regional network operator E.dis -- required by law to expand the network where necessary to accommodate new renewables capacity -- Enercon says that by taking matters into its own hands it can achieve "significantly earlier completion" of the needed wires. It also ensures direct connection at the Schönewalde-Hartmannsdorf transformer station to the high voltage network of Vattenfall Europe Transmission, the dominant network operator in eastern Germany, it adds.

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