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Electricity grid operators say Germany must invest about $25 billion in new networks
BERLIN (AP) ' The operators of Germany's electricity grid say the country must invest about '20 billion ($25 billion) in new transmission networks as the nation's remaining nuclear power plants are shut down over the next decade.
The four operators said in a report presented to the government Wednesday that about 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) of new transmission networks must be built to ensure the country's energy switchover.
Germany decided last year in the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster to accelerate the shutdown of its atomic power plants, embarking on a transition to renewable energies.
Transmission networks are a major issue because while much heavy industry is based in southern Germany, the coasts and plains of the country's north are the main source of wind energy, for example.