News Digest Item
31 Jan 2017

“Protests against transmission lines grow”

dpa / BUND / BBgS

Environmentalists and critics of current Energiewende policies are intensifying protests against major high-voltage transmission lines traversing Germany from north to south, news agency dpa reports. Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and anti-transmission line citizens’ group BBgS issued a joint statement saying they opposed the planned transmission lines dubbed “Suedlink” and “Suedostlink” meant to transfer electricity from wind-rich northern and eastern Germany to industrial centres in the south of the country. The activists said they opposed “point-to-point connections” like Suedlink as they lacked branch connections needed for a future “decentralised energy production and consumption structure”.

Read an article on the topic in German here and the press release in German here.

For background, see the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid.

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