30 Sep 2014, 00:00
Peter Dinkloh

Germany's energy transition in the media on 30 September

Handelsblatt / Die Welt

Underground power lines costly, complicated alternative to pylons

 Laying underground power lines underground in order to avoid pylons is difficult, costly and requires extensive groundwork, write Juergen Flauger in Handelsblatt and Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt, describing a project in western Germany.

For the article in German see here.



North-south power line through Germany to cost at least 2 billon euros

The new 800 kilometer power line to connect north and south Germany in order to transport windpower from the coast to users in the south, called “Suedlink”, will cost between two and three billion euros, the managing director of TenneT, the company building the line, said in an interview.

For the article in German see here.


Der Tagesspiegel

Environmentalists seek to convince public institutions to ditch coal investments

Environmentalists are seeking to convince public institutions such as municipalities and universities to not invest in companies that profit from fossil fuels, Lisa Kolde writes in Der Tagesspiegel.

For the article in German see here.


International Energy Agency

Germany to raise solar capacity 40 percent by 2020

Germany will raise the generation capacity from photovoltaics to 50 gigawatt (GW) by 2020 from 36 GW at the end of last year, an eighth of global capacity and the second largest capacity worldwide after China, on par with Japan, the International Energy Agency says in a study. The country, where commercial solar systems cost half that of the United States, would be able to install 105 GW of capacity to cover 19 percent of its electricity consumption without the need to store power.

For the study see here.

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