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Reducing the environmental impacts of power transmission lines

Antonella Battaglini1,2,  and Stephanie Bätjer2     1Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany     2Renewables-Grid-Initiative, Berlin, Germany

Abstract

To successfully achieve the transition from a fossil fuel to a renewable energy–based society, new grids need to be built. Even though new infrastructure is necessary to transport renewably generated electricity to demand sites, it always comes with challenges: power lines can not only cause considerable damage on the environment, but also impact bird migration routes and vulnerable ecosystems. However, there are numerable examples of best practices and strategies that counteract these challenges and pursue ...

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