Merkel backs HVDC wind links

Angela Merkel: all the signs point to a win, but who will be her governing partner?

Angela Merkel: all the signs point to a win, but who will be her governing partner?

Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuffed calls from her Bavarian coalition partner, the Christian Social Union (CSU) for a moratorium on the construction of major high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission lines slated to cross Germany in coming years.

“We’re all in agreement that there will be HVDC lines,” Merkel was quoted as saying during a weekend meeting of her Christian Democratic Party (CDU) by the AFP news wire.

Merkel stressed that German state premiers overwhelmingly agreed last year to plans to build the transmission lines that are 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.

Pressured by not-in-my-backyard protest groups and upcoming local elections in his state, Bavarian state premier and CSU leader Horst Seehofer last week Log in to read complete article.

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