Texas internet connectivity declining due to blackouts

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Wed Feb 17 20:58:55 UTC 2021

On Wed, 17 Feb 2021, Carsten Bormann wrote:
> That’s not how it works.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
English translation

The Federal Government has put the policies in place for expanding the 
grid more quickly and gaining public acceptance for it. Following the 
agreement within the governing coalition in July 2015, the cabinet gave 
the go-ahead in October 2015 for an increased use of underground DC cables 
(in German). On 3 December 2015, the Bundestag adopted the draft 
legislation, as amended by the coalition party groups, and the bill passed 
the Bundesrat on 18 December 2015. The new rules entered into force at the 
turn of the year 2015/2016.

In future, priority will be given to building the new electricity highways 
(the HVDC transmission lines) as underground rather than overhead 
powerlines. This applies in particular to the large transmission lines 
running from north to south such as 'SuedLink' or 'SuedOstLink'. In 
general, overhead DC powerlines are to be prohibited in places where 
people live. They will only be used in exceptional cases, for example in 
areas where nature conservation interests are identified or where existing 
powerlines can be used without major impact to the environment. Overhead 
powerlines may also be used if local authorities specifically request 
these powerlines in order to meet local needs.

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