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FNB Gas: Financing model for the hydrogen core network must be suitable for the capital market

In order not to jeopardize the success of core network planning to date, a few decisive changes to the draft legislation are necessary from an investor’s perspective. The main aim is to improve the risk assessment for investors.

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Hydrogen core network: a signal for the market ramp-up

Hydrogen is a key prerequisite for the decarbonization of industry and thus for Germany as a business location. The energy transition cannot succeed without hydrogen. We therefore need an appropriate infrastructure as quickly as possible.

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Integrated network planning for the energy system of the future: TSOs launch first joint market survey

The first joint survey of infrastructure requirements by the transmission system operators (TSOs) for the preparation of the scenario framework drafts for the electricity, gas and hydrogen network development plans starts today.

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Integrated network planning for the energy system of the future: First joint market survey by TSOs starts on February 7, 2024

The electricity and gas TSOs are now setting a milestone for sector coupling with the first joint survey of infrastructure requirements for electricity and hydrogen. The network operators will use specially developed web applications to ask existing and potential customers about their future needs. Based on this information, the grid operators can develop the corresponding infrastructure in line with demand and thus ensure a reliable energy supply for the future.

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Position paper of the FNB Gas for necessary adjustments within the framework of the EnWG amendment on the financing framework for the hydrogen core network and future integrated network planning

tzes at first reading. FNB Gas welcomes the submission of a draft law to create a legal and regulatory framework for financing the hydrogen core network and to anchor integrated network development planning for gas and hydrogen. This amendment to the Energy Industry Act is a prerequisite for the realization of the core grid and at the same time lays the foundation for the next expansion stages of the hydrogen infrastructure. This marks another important milestone on the way to establishing a hydrogen economy.

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The next big step towards the hydrogen core network

FNB Gas e.V. today submitted the draft application for the hydrogen core network to the Federal Network Agency and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. “This marks the next milestone in the realization of the core network,” emphasizes Barbara Fischer, FNB Gas Managing Director.

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Bundestag launches hydrogen core network

Barbara Fischer, Managing Director of FNB Gas e.V., explains on the occasion of the adoption of the Act on the Adaptation of Energy Industry Law to EU Requirements and on the Amendment of Further Energy Law Provisions, which the Federal Government presented on 24 May 2023: “With today’s decision, the Bundestag is paving the way for a Germany-wide, expandable, efficient and quickly realizable hydrogen network with the target year 2032. The hydrogen core network is the desired signal for the hydrogen ramp-up. The transmission system operators published the initial planning status in July and are currently working flat out to finalize the planning so that implementation can begin next year.”

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Transmission system operators on the path towards the hydrogen future

FNB Gas e.V. is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. On this occasion, the association discussed with guests from politics, the energy sector and industry at the hydrogen infrastructure conference how the market ramp-up of hydrogen can be further accelerated together.

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Statement of FNB Gas on the Federal Government’s draft bill on the third law to amend the EnWG (additions to regulations on financing the hydrogen core network)

FNB Gas welcomes the submission of a draft bill for a legal and regulatory framework for financing the hydrogen core network.

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FNB Gas statement on the BMWK’s draft bill for a third law amending the Energy Industry Act (EnWG)

FNB Gas welcomes the draft legislation that enshrines the second stage of the development of a Germany-wide hydrogen network in law and thus further supports the acceleration of the hydrogen market ramp-up. Combining network development planning for the natural gas network and the future hydrogen network is in line with previous experience of transmission system operators, according to which both processes have multiple interactions and interdependencies and can therefore only be carried out efficiently in a single integrated network planning process.

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Hydrogen core network: the long-awaited dawn of the hydrogen economy

The hydrogen core network is the starting signal for the hydrogen ramp-up. It solves the so-called chicken-and-egg problem and creates an infrastructure on the basis of which the hydrogen market can develop.

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Statement by FNB Gas on the occasion of the publication of the results report on the GTP 2023

“TSOs and DSOs are pulling together in planning the hydrogen network. It is important that hydrogen infrastructure planning goes hand in hand at all levels. FNB Gas therefore welcomes the fact that hydrogen network planning is also progressing at the distribution network level. The FNB’s interregional hydrogen core network connects generation regions and import points with consumption regions. The downstream distribution networks take over the area supply.

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Cabinet decision on the National Hydrogen Strategy: „Construction of the core network must begin this year“

The transmission system operators welcome today’s adoption of the update of the National Hydrogen Strategy by the German cabinet. The strategy sets important guidelines for the rapid development of the national hydrogen infrastructure and for its integration into a European network.

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Departure into the hydrogen economy: TSOs present current planning status for the hydrogen core network as first step for the future hydrogen network

The German hydrogen core network as the first stage of the future hydrogen infrastructure is taking shape: With the planning status published today, the German transmission system operators (TSOs) present a first modeling result for the future supraregional hydrogen core network.

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Press statement by FNB Gas on the draft amendment to the Energy Industry Act for the hydrogen core network

dena has presented a proposal to accelerate the development of the hydrogen start-up grid, which is also welcomed by the transmission system operators.

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With hydrogen to a climate-neutral chemical industry

dena has presented a proposal to accelerate the development of the hydrogen start-up grid, which is also welcomed by the transmission system operators.

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FNB Gas press statement on the agreement in the EU Council on the “General Approach” to the EU gas market package

dena has presented a proposal to accelerate the development of the hydrogen start-up grid, which is also welcomed by the transmission system operators.

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Statement of the FNB Gas on the draft of the BMWK for the update of the National Hydrogen Strategy

The transmission system operators support the declared goal of the German government to accelerate the market ramp-up of hydrogen and its downstream products and to massively increase the level of ambition along the entire value chain by updating the National Hydrogen Strategy. To ensure the success of the energy transition and maintain its competitiveness, Germany as an industrial location needs reliable framework conditions for hydrogen ramp-up as quickly as possible in this highly dynamic environment.

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„National hydrogen grid company would have no discernible added value“

Munich (energate) – With the update of the National Hydrogen Strategy, the Federal Ministry of Economics has proposed the establishment of a hydrogen network company with state participation. Opposition came promptly from the Bavarian state government. In the Free State, the long-distance network operator bayernets is already working on a hydrogen start-up network. energate spoke with Stefanie Jacobi, Hydrogen Project Development and Deputy Head of Grid Strategy & Innovation at bayernets GmbH, about the project and the proposal from Berlin.

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Acceleration instead of delay of H2 grid development in Bavaria

Munich, December 21, 2022 – The plans of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for a national hydrogen grid company are incomprehensible, as they would slow down the urgently needed development of hydrogen transport networks without any recognizable added value. Against this background, bayernets GmbH welcomes the clear positioning of Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger, against the BMWK’s plans for a national hydrogen grid company.

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Transmission capacities for LNG facilities help to ensure secure energy supplies

Transmission system operators (TSOs) today launch the consultation on the 2022-2032 gas network development plan (NEP Gas). The new LNGplus supply security variants take into account the profound changes in the energy supply situation. Measures to connect LNG plants and provide the necessary transport capacities are being implemented at full speed by the TSOs. The first grid connections for LNG plants will be completed by the end of 2022.

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Gößmann pushes for political decisions in the development of a hydrogen network

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Wait-and-see approach to hydrogen infrastructure development harms Germany as a business location

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“Germany must set the pace for hydrogen ramp-up”

How can the development of the supraregional hydrogen network be financed and accelerated? And what are grid operators doing to ensure that hydrogen can also contribute to energy supply security as quickly as possible?

Barbara Fischer, Head of Policy, Communication and Strategy at FNB Gas, and Christoph Diehn, Energy Policy and Hydrogen Officer at terranets bw, answer these questions in an interview with gwf Gas + Energie and talk about how a rapid build-up of the hydrogen network and thus the market ramp-up can succeed.

You can find the complete interview on the gwf Gas + Energie website and in the downloads below.

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Development of the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany at the transmission and distribution network level

dena has presented a proposal to accelerate the development of the hydrogen start-up grid, which is also welcomed by the transmission system operators.

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TSOs present hydrogen report: This is what we need to successfully develop the hydrogen infrastructure

Germany must accelerate the ramp-up of hydrogen in order to secure supplies and promote climate protection. The hydrogen report submitted today by the transmission system operators in accordance with Section 28q of the German Energy Act (EnWG) shows how the necessary transport infrastructure can be built efficiently, quickly and in a targeted manner by integrating hydrogen network planning into the tried-and-tested gas network planning.

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FNB Gas statement on the German government’s concept for implementing the 65 percent target for renewable energies in the installation of new heating systems as of 2024

FNB Gas welcomes early stakeholder engagement to design the implementation of the 65 percent renewable energy target for the installation of new heating systems beginning in 2024. Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, but also with a view to security of supply and ambitious climate protection targets, there is no time to lose now in driving forward the heat transition.

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National Hydrogen Council: Framework conditions for H2 transport and storage must be created this year

Since the publication of the National Hydrogen Strategy last year, the energy industry framework has changed fundamentally. This is what the National Hydrogen Council writes in a new key points paper. The existing high dependence of the German energy supply on fossil energy imports from Russia clearly shows the urgency of a sustainable diversification with regard to energy sources and suppliers. The importance of hydrogen has also increased once again as a result of the climate targets being brought forward.

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Special times require special measures

In recent weeks and months, the TSOs have been working flat out to provide initial answers to the new gas industry conditions resulting from Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine as part of the current gas network development plan.

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Pipeline network infrastructures for the development of the potential German hydrogen network within the NEP Gas 2022-2032.

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FNB Gas Position on the EU Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package

The transmission system operators welcome in principle that the European Commission, within the framework of its proposals on common rules for the internal markets for renewable gases and natural gas as well as hydrogen, wants to create the mandatory and timely necessary regulatory framework for the ramp-up of the hydrogen market in the EU.

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Start of modeling of the hydrogen variant in the NDP Gas 2022-2032

In a publication dated December 17, 2021, FNB Gas e.V. called on current and potential hydrogen network operators to participate in the development of the process for a common hydrogen network in Germany. The invitation of the transmission system operators was accepted by 12 potential hydrogen network operators and together with the transmission system operators they developed, intensively discussed and approved the process.

On March 21, the modeling for the hydrogen variant will be started by potential hydrogen network operators who have participated in the process development of the positive planning and/or have reported pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen transport as well as the transmission system operators. Until the modeling of the hydrogen variant of the Gas Network Development Plan 2022-2032 is completed in May 2022, regular workshops will be held among stakeholders to develop the hydrogen variant.

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Transformation of transmission networks: arteries of the climate-neutral future

“Gaseous CO2-free or CO2-neutral energy sources are an integral part of the energy transition.” This is the conclusion reached by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as a result of the “Dialogue Process Gas 2030”. energate spoke with Håvard Nymoen, Managing Director of Nymoen Strategieberatung, about what the commitment means for the gas industry and what steps will result from it.

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Call for cooperation for the initial preparation of the hydrogen report in accordance with Section 28q EnWG

Pursuant to Section 28q EnWG, transmission system operators (TSOs), together with hydrogen network operators who have submitted a declaration pursuant to Section 28j (3) EnWG (opt-in H2 network operators), have the obligation to submit a report to the Federal Network Agency by September 1, 2022 at the latest on the current state of expansion of the hydrogen network and on the development of future network planning for hydrogen with the target year 2035 (hydrogen report).

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Hydrogen network 2050: for a climate-neutral Germany

With the hydrogen network for a climate-neutral Germany (H2 network 2050), the transmission system operators (TSOs) are demonstrating that they can construct such a network efficiently and reliably at moderate investment costs. The H2 network 2050 has been further developed by the TSOs from the “Visionary Hydrogen Network” published in January 2020. This first vision of the future included many considerations, but without a network simulation for future hydrogen transport needs. The H2 network 2050 now presented, on the other hand, is based on detailed grid planning.

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Hydrogen Network 2030: Towards a Climate-Neutral Germany

With the Hydrogen Network 2030 (in short: H2 Net 2030), the transmission system operators (TSOs) show solutions how transport needs can be met promptly on a supra-regional basis in the case of dynamic development of the hydrogen market.

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Large hydrogen demand confirmed by MoU

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Statement of the FNB Gas on the H2 Regulation

The transmission system operators submitted comments on the draft ordinance on costs and charges for access to hydrogen networks as part of the associations’ consultation process.

In their statement, the TSOs welcome the attempt to launch the principles of network charging methods for the future regulated operators of hydrogen networks before the end of this legislative period. The regulation is an important (although not the only) basis for the entrepreneurial decision of network operators on the so-called “opt-in” into regulation pursuant to § 28j para. 3 EnWG. Parameters of the regulation, such as the level of the EC interest rate or the depreciation periods/useful lives, are central here. In addition, H2NEV will also have a special significance in the context of public funding (e.g. IPCEI).

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European Commission’s consultations on the Hydrogen and Gas Markets Decarbonisation Package

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EU conformity of joint network charges for natural gas/H2 March 2021 confirmed

On February 10, 2021, the German cabinet approved a draft law to implement EU requirements and regulate pure hydrogen networks in energy law. Contrary to the view held by the majority of the energy sector and industry that the natural gas network and the hydrogen network to be developed from it should be regarded as a single entity in terms of network planning and finances, the draft law provides for a strict separation of natural gas and hydrogen networks. The German government rejects joint financing of the development of the hydrogen infrastructure by natural gas and hydrogen customers with reference to EU law, without concrete proof.

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FNB Gas position paper on the draft law regulating pure hydrogen networks in energy law

On February 10, 2021, the German government presented draft legislation to regulate pure hydrogen networks in the German Energy Industry Act (EnWG). The transmission system operators (TSOs) very much welcome the fact that the urgency to create a regulatory framework for hydrogen networks has been recognized and that the first legal foundations for pure hydrogen networks are being laid.

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“Germany will not become world champion with Altmaier’s hydrogen network draft!”

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Statement by FNB Gas on the current draft bill for transitional regulation of H2 networks

The transmission system operators (TSOs) welcome the fact that the German government has recognized the urgency of creating a regulatory framework for hydrogen networks and has submitted a draft bill for consultation. First of all, it should be noted that the consultation period was very short in view of the high complexity and importance, in particular, of the regulations concerning hydrogen networks for our members. Therefore, we reserve the right to provide further comments on some aspects, if necessary.

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