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Electricity project too slow: Minister Meyer pushes the pace



Taught – It is a long way to connect the offshore wind turbines off the coast of Lower Saxony to the south. Above all, however, it is a path that takes an incredibly long time.

Environment Minister Christian Meyer (Greens) is again calling for significantly more speed in the approval and implementation of such electricity highways: “It cannot be that a process like the Südlink route lasts more than ten years.”

On Monday he visited the switchgear of Tennet in Lehrte (Hanover region), one of the network operators in Lower Saxony alongside Amprion. “I’m glad that we’re finally starting to build the route,” said Meyer, but also emphasized: “We have to get faster here.”

The minister advocated the construction of underground cables for more acceptance among the population, “because a local route consensus is still the best way to speed things up”.

Tennet is part of a working group in the “Taskforce Energiewende” of the red-green state government. According to the ministry, Tennet invested 4.5 billion euros in network expansion last year. In 2023 it should be 8 billion euros.


Source: Asia Times

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