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Germany Should Reassess Size of Power-Grid Expansion, Group Says

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Germany needs to reassess plans to expand its power grid that seek to accommodate increased use of renewable generation as they are probably too large and fail to utilize the best routes, an environmental campaign group said.

“We need grid expansion for the energy switch but we likely need less and different routes than have been proposed to date,” said Werner Neumann, an energy spokesman for BUND.

Germany needs as many as 8,200 kilometers (5,100 miles) of new and upgraded lines as it carries out plans to shutter atomic reactors by 2022 in the biggest energy-infrastructure overhaul since World War II, the four German grid operators said in May.

Bundesnetzagentur, the federal grid regulator, needs to question such proposals because they would also benefit coal-fired power plants, BUND said today in an e-mailed statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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