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German Wind Autobahn Irks Locals Deploring Landscape Blot

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to replace nuclear power plants across Germany with renewables requires an energy superhighway that will run over Valerie Grill’s back yard.

The 43-year-old mother of two is one of thousands of citizens objecting to the 21 billion-euro ($23 billion) program to erect high-voltage electricity lines linking offshore wind farms in the North Sea to factories in the south. It includes a 500-mile cable from Wilster on the north coast to Grafenrheinfeld in Bavaria, known as Suedlink.