Call to halt German HVDC links

Horst Seehofer with German chancellor Angela Merkel

Horst Seehofer with German chancellor Angela Merkel

A plan for an 800km "transmission highway”, deemed necessary for Germany's energy transition, is being endangered by local protests and state politics.

The high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) SuedLink line proposed by transmission system operators (TSOs) TenneT and TransnetBW is one of three major transmission highways aiming to transport energy from coastal and offshore wind parks in the north to industrial centres in southern Germany, where several nuclear plants will be switched off in coming years.

“The [southern] federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse in 2023 will have to import some 30% of their annual electricity consumption,” says Rainer Joswig, a member of the TransnetBW board.

“But wind energy that is supposed to supplant nuclear power is being produced Log in to read complete article.

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