In less than a decade, Germany will have to emit 65 percent fewer greenhouse gases than in 1990. This means great upheavals for everyday life and the economy. A journey into the not too distant future.
Photovoltaics everywhere you look
It can finally flow. The way for the direct current, which is pushing its way from the north German wind farms to Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, is clear. The Südlink power line is ready after around 15 years. It was originally supposed to be four years ago, in 2026. But only at the beginning of the decade did the Corona crisis throw the building back, before legal proceedings and petitions did the rest.
But it shouldn’t have been much later. The year 2030 marks a turning point for the domestic power grid. After the one-time coal compromise, which provided for an exit by 2038, European emissions trading has in the meantime created facts. With DattelnIV and Boxberg, only two coal-fired power plants are still on the grid, and they will soon switch to backup operation. In exchange with the Federal Network Agency, the operators are currently working out plans on how to convert the systems, as has already been done with most of the old power plants. Both the option of leaving the generators connected to the grid as a “balance aid” for the fluctuating green electricity in dark, windless weather, and plans to expand them into thermal storage systems are on the table.