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Merkel Cabinet Backs Power-Line Plan to Absorb Renewables Growth

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet backed a plan to build three “power autobahns” stretching north to south to move growing supplies of renewable energy across the country.

The plan involves laying about 2,800 kilometers (1,740 miles) of new transmission lines and upgrading 2,900 kilometers of existing cables by 2022, according to the Bundesnetzagentur regulator. New direct-current high-voltage networks would bring wind power generated in the north to consumers in the south, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said today in Berlin.