Raesfeld, Germany

Presentations online: The prospects of undergrounding power lines - Lessons learned from pionieering cable projects

More than three years ago, we met in Switzerland to discuss the technical, environmental, financial and regulatory aspects of highest-voltage underground cables in Europe. Since then, a lot has happened in this field. At our workshop, which was kindly hosted by Amprion, we looked at the status quo of underground cables in Europe. Where are we, which lessons have we learned?

While years ago, the technical feasibility has often been questioned and many stakeholders have elaborated over the costs of new underground cables, we are now at a stage where some pilot projects are in the construction phase or even operational. Experiences have been gained regarding how decisions to lay a new power line underground impact discussions with stakeholders and the public. New political frameworks on the pre-conditions and decision-making rules for new underground cables have been established. 

At our workshop, TSOs and project stakeholders gave us first-hand information on different pilot projects. We collected and discussed the main conclusions so far. And, what’s even more exciting: we had the great opportunity to visit an on-going project and look at the laid cable, cable transfer station and construction site in Raesfeld.

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Workshop summary

Workshop material

Overview: upcoming cable projects in Europe and their different technological, policy and stakeholder approaches

New regulation: mainstreaming undergrounding in Germany?

  • Heinrich Laun and Oliver Smith | Bürgerdialog Stromnetz - Presentation

Three case studies on technical, environmental and acceptance aspects of underground cables

Event partners

The workshop was kindly hosted by


Theresa Schneider
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