Germany’s $123 Million Power Line Aids Nuclear Exit, Merkel Says

From Bloomberg

By Stefan Nicola

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a $123 million electricity line that took a decade to develop will improve supply security, transmitting renewable energy from north to south and helping the nation phase out nuclear power.

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, Erwin Sellering, governor of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state, said today at the line’s opening in Schwerin. “On windy days, turbines won’t have to be shut off any more,” he said.

Power supply has moved to the center of Germany’s political agenda since Merkel decided in 2011 to replace nuclear reactors with more fossil-fired plants and a growing share of clean- energy sources. The Bundesnetzagentur regulator has called on grid operators to stabilize the network as the country adds wind farms and solar parks, whose output varies with the weather.

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