EV chargers, heat pumps may be curtailed in Germany as of 2024

(EurActiv, 30 Nov 2023) Germany’s residential grid operators will be empowered to restrict the flow of power to heat pumps and electric vehicle (EV) chargers from 2024 in order to preserve the stability of the grid, which is suffering from chronic underinvestment

Across Europe, investments into grids are lagging behind what’s needed as the continent embraces heat pumps and electric vehicles. 

“Waiting time for permits for grid reinforcements are between 4-10 years, and 8-10 years for high voltages,” the European Commission said on Tuesday (28 November) as it unveiled a new Action Plan to accelerate the deployment of electricity grids.

“Grids need to be an enabler, not a bottleneck in the clean energy transition,” said Kadri Simson, the EU’s energy commissioner.

In Germany, the network regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, is now taking steps to throttle the electricity delivered to EVs and heat pumps to alleviate pressure on the grid. 

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EurActiv, 30 Nov 2023: EV chargers, heat pumps may be curtailed in Germany as of 2024