For the project “Thüringer Strombrücke” planned by 50Hertz, together with two local foundations, Germanwatch has commissioned a study on public involvement during the planning and permitting process of this power line.
With the help of media analyses, the analysis of political and legal documents and interviews with involved actors, a 50 page report has been developed. The authors of the study identified chances and obstacles of participatory approaches during permitting procedures. Focus was put on informal participatory elements.
A main finding of the study is the fact that the public needs to be involved in the discussions early on before any final decisions have been taken. This also refers to the questions of the general need of a specific power line. Concluding remarks contain recommendations for politics, authorities and TSOs.