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Dialogue for the long haul

What’s it all about

For Germany’s energy transition to succeed, electricity generated from renewable sources predominantly in the country’s north must reach the major hubs of energy consumption in the south. An indispensable part of this effort will be SuedLink, a roughly 700-kilometre transmission line that represents a key infrastructural element of Germany’s energy transition. The connection will enable fluctuating renewable energy sources to be flexibly networked, thereby ensuring a stable and secure power supply.

Tackling challenges together

TenneT and TransnetBW are fostering comprehensive dialogue with systematic citizens’ participation along the entire path of SuedLink, which will run through Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. This dialogue was initiated even before the official approval process for the underground cable link had begun. Since 2016 – and just in the first approval phase – we have jointly organised almost 690 information events and answered around 14,000 enquiries from residents. These efforts have been recognised with nine German and international communications awards.