Federal sectoral planning: nature and environmental conservation for the expansion of the transmission grid

Project title: Development of technical standards for the nature and environmental assessment of federal sectoral planning to increase the acceptance of the results and the planning and legal certainty of the process


  • Federal sectoral planning in practice
  • Proposals and coordination on standard methodologies


Stiftstr. 12, 30159 Hannover
Dipl.-Ing. Holger Runge
Tel.: : +49 511 51949780



FKZ 3518 86 0600
Departmental research plan 2018
Term: 01.08.2018 – 30.04.2020

Despite the initial publications by the Federal Network Agency and transmission grid operators, in practice there are still unresolved questions about the methodology of federal sectoral planning in terms of many of the procedural steps. This applies for example to key aspects such as the definition of "spatial resistance classes" and the proposals for new transmission corridors and their plausibility. This stage of the procedure requires the development of new proposals for technical methodologies based on the existing principles and taking account of experience with the current federal sectoral planning process.

Based on the practice of federal sectoral planning, the R+D project aims to analyse processes, identify optimisation requirements and potential approaches for standardising the methods, and integrate proposals for specialist methods into federal sectoral planning by 2020.


Reviewing and presenting existing nature conservation and planning methods for the expansion and new construction of high-voltage electricity lines (underground cables and overhead power lines).

  • Presenting the processes and identifying difficulties in connection with federal sectoral planning, established from current practice in ongoing procedures.
  • Developing proposals about the point at which to introduce standardisation of the methods required in the course of generating documents for federal sectoral planning.
  • Establishing a working aid that describes the agreed methodological standards for planning practice in a form that can be used directly.

Work packages

Work packages

  1. Analysing the status quo
  2. Proposals for the development of methodological standards
  3. Developing specific proposals for the standard methodologies
  4. Agreeing the methodological standards

Project partners

Project partners

Project management

Stiftstr. 12, 30159 Hannover
Dipl.-Ing. Holger Runge
Tel.: +49 511 51949780

Project partners

Bosch & Partner GmbH
Kantstr. 63a, 10627 Berlin
Dr. Wolfgang Peters
Tel.: +49 30 609 88 44-60

Arbeitsgruppe Land & Wasser
29355 Beedenbostel, Amtshof 18
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaiser
Tel.: +49 5145 2575


Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
II 4.2 Impact regulation, traffic route planning
Herr Dr. Klaus Follner

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