Merkel says $123m power line will bolster renewable strategy

Chancellor Angela Merkel opened a $123m power line in Germany yesterday and said that such projects would go a long way to ensuring acceptance of renewables as the key to the country’s energy future.

The line will transmit renewable energy from north to south and continue to assist Germany to phase out nuclear power altogether.
Angela Merkel
According to Bloomberg, the line, stretching 88 kilometers (55 miles) across two states from Kruemmel near Hamburg to Schwerin, will ensure more efficient distribution of power from wind farms in the north.

“The acceptance of renewables depends on our managing to bring power from where it’s generated to where it’s needed,” Merkel said in Schwerin. Germany needs to build “thousands of kilometers” of new lines and ensure it’s done efficiently to keep costs in check, she said.

The new link will also boost security of supply in Hamburg, home to Germany’s largest port, said Boris Schucht, head of grid company 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, which invested $123min the line.

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