There was quite a stir around the Law on the Acceleration of Energy Network Construction. To be honest, ener|gate Gasmarkt needed a while to understand the relevance of this excitement for the gas sector. The law is an omnibus bill that amends 20 different laws and ordinance provisions to speed up the extension of the German power network (the already existing Law on the Acceleration of Network Extension (NABEG) is among the laws that were amended). The upper house of parliament (Bundesrat) had to approve the new law, and in its statement demanded a number of adjustments to the draft of the government. One of the changes concerns section 43 of the Energy Act (EnWG) that regulates the formal planning procedures for the gas and power transmission networks. The responsible state authorities are in charge of these procedures. In future, the regionalstate authorities are to have the right to approve not only gas and power networks but also plants that couple networks, and large storage plants with a capacity of more than 50 MW. This was newly added to the law.