Public energy law / Power lines

Reference Projects Public Energy Law

(As of January 2018)

As one focus in the field of public energy law we offer our clients comprehensive legal advice on planning and approval procedures for new power lines. If in the subsequent projects a regional planning procedure and/or an approval procedure was required, our legal advice generally included several of the consulting services:

  • Accompanying consultation during the preparation of planning documents including the experts’ reports relevant for the Environmental Impact Assessment, legal advice for surveyors and planners on all relevant questions of planning law and procedural law as well as environmental law and nature conservation law;
  • Preparation of statements on individual legal questions regarding public energy law as well as planning law and procedural law as well as environmental law and nature conservation law;
  • Support during planning procedure by preparing and coordinating meetings with public authorities as well as attending such meetings;
  • Preparation of the public hearing by coaching sessions, preparation of a prompt book;
  • Assistance with the public hearing or moderation;
  • Examination of draft plans;
  • Advice and representation during appeal procedures.
  • Legal opinion on the legal classification of underground cables and their secondary equipment (2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Western Germany
  • Legal opinion on the requirement of an environmental impact for cumulated district heating pipelines (2017), on behalf of a nationwide operating energy supply company, Northern Germany
  • Legal representation in proceedings concerning compensation for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) (Project No. 1 of the Annex of the EnLAG) (since 2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Southern Germany
  • Legal advice on the preparation of the documents for and the implementation of a spatial planning procedure and a subsequent planning approval procedure for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) to connect a coal-fired power station with the transmission grid in Lower Saxony (since 2016), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Southern Germany
  • Legal advice on the implementation of a spatial planning procedure for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) (Part of the Project No. 16 of the Annex of the EnLAG) in Lower Saxony (since 2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Western Germany
  • Legal advice on the implementation of a planning approval procedure for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) (Part of the Project No. 16 of the Annex of the EnLAG) in North Rhine-Westfalia (since 2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Western Germany
  • Legal opinion on the admissibility of the construction and the operation of a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line in a so-called factual Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) (2016), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Southern Germany
  • Legal advice during a spatial planning procedure and a subsequent planning approval procedure for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Federal Requirement Plan Act (Bundesbedarfsplangesetz) (Project No. 7 of the Annex of the Bundesbedarfsplangesetz) including the underground cables-issue (since 2015), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Southern Germany
  • Legal advice during the planning approval procedure for two 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) in Eastern Germany (since 2015), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Eastern Germany
  • Legal advice on the preparation and implementation of a spatial planning procedure and a planning approval procedure for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under under the Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) (Part of Project No. 5 of the Annex of the EnLAG) in Lower Saxony (since 2014) and legal representation in subsequent court proceedings (since 2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Southern Germany
  • Legal advice on the implementation of an “energy concept” for the setting up and operation of a combined cycle power plant together with the further development of district heating pipelines and natural gas pipelines in Northern Germany (2011/2012),on behalf of a nationwide operating energy supply company
  • Legal advice during the planning approval procedure under the Environmental Impact Assessment Act for a district heating pipeline for a coal-fired power plant in North Rhine-Westphalia (2010/2016), on behalf of a nationwide operating energy supply company
  • Legal advice on the preparation of documents for and the implementation of a spatial planning procedure for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) in Lower Saxony (2010/2011), on behalf of a major network operator, Southern Germany
  • Legal advice on the preparation of documents for and the implementation of the spatial planning procedures and the planning approval procedures for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line under the Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) (part of Project No. 2 of the the Annex of the EnLAG) in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia and legal representation in subsequent court proceedings (since 2009/2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Western Germany
  • Legal advice during a planning permission procedure and subsequent legal procedures as well as during a following planning approval procedure under the Environmental Impact Assessment Act for the extension of a district heating pipeline in Northern Germany (2009/2015), on behalf of a nationwide operating energy supply company
  • Legal advice on the preparation for spatial planning procedure as well as for two subsequent planning approval procedures under energy law for a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line from Germany to the Netherlands (Project No. 13 of the Annex of the EnLAG) as a joint German-Dutch project and subsequent legal representation in court proceedings (2008/2017), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Western Germany
  • Legal advice during a planning approval procedure for the construction and operation of a 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead line in North Rhine-Westphalia under the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) (2007/2010), on behalf of a large power-grid operator, Western Germany
  • Legal advice during planning permission procedure for the construction and operation of a 110 kV high voltage overhead line under the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) in Saxony-Anhalt, including arrangements with property owners on the restriction of use (2003), on behalf of a nationwide operating waste disposal firm