News Digest Item
30 May 2018

Germany has to hurry up with grid expansion – chancellor Merkel

Clean Energy Wire

New power lines are needed urgently to incorporate an increasing amount of renewable electricity in the power grid, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the 20-year anniversary of the Federal Network Agency. “It’s obviously also a question of the acceptance in the population which we have improved because we have been relatively adventurous by deciding to install many powerlines underground. We have to see if this is as successful in the long-term as we hope. Because the technical experience with [these lines] is still very limited. Never mind, the main point is, these powerlines will be built,” Merkel said.

For background on the issues with Germany’s grid expansion see this CLEW Dossier.

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