Germany: Protesters oppose SuedLink energy cable

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About 2000 protesters gathered on Easter Sunday in central Germany near the city of Schweinfurt to voice their opinions against the SuedLink project, an extra-high voltage line that would bring wind-generated energy from the north to the south of Germany.

DW reports some of the participants are against the 700km underground energy cable due to the multi-billion euro cost of the project, and others said it had not been thought through properly.

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Bales of straw with protest poster of a citizens’ initiative on a meadow near 
Garbsen, Germany

Farmers suggested the heat from the cable may warm the soil and therefore make the land less fertile for crop growing. Protesters would prefer locally produced energy.

The SuedLink is a key part of Germany’s energy reorganisation program, which includes shutting off the nation’s remaining six nuclear station by 2022 and having 80 per cent of its power supplies renewable by 2050.

A federal decision on the SuedLink is expected by the end of this year.

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