Protests against north-south power line in four states
dpa / Die Welt
Around 2,200 people in the states of Thuringia, Hesse, Bavaria and Lower Saxony gathered on Easter Monday to protest against the building of a new power line (Suedlink) from Germany’s windy north to the industrial south, dpa reports in a piece carried by Die Welt. The protesters want either a change to the route of the underground direct-current grid connection, or to see the project scrapped in its entirety.
Suedlink is to cover a distance of 700 kilometres and is deemed necessary by federal parliament, the government and most experts, to transport the large volumes of wind power generated in the country’s north to the power-hungry south, where the last nuclear power stations will go offline in 2022. It is planned for completion by 2025 but the final route of the cables has yet to be defined.