Political Breakthroughs Brighten Outlook for Germany’s Grid Expansion

By [email protected] German officials have long claimed that completion of the country’s energy transition, or “Energiewende,” will require the construction of a robust cross-country transmission grid to deliver renewable electricity from the north to industrial zones and population centers in the west and south.

However, the fraught process to build such lines has been met by resistance from farmers and other landowners who reside in the path of planned high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines.

Yet recent events, including the enactment of a new grid expansion law and a political agreement announced by Germany’s powerful economy and energy minister, make it more likely that

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