Lines and local communities


S010The construction of new lines meets the technical requirements of the electricity system, such as the elimination of congestion SO9and the risk of overload, as well as the increased production and consumption of electricity that accompanies SO1the economic growth of Italy or of specific areas of the country. Terna includes the necessary new building activity in its Grid Development Plan, which every year follows a complex authorization process. The development of the grid aims at the general interests of society, however, the environmental impact connected with the construction of new power lines focuses on the territory crossed by the line route. Furthermore, the population density of many parts of Italy and the artistic, cultural, and landscape value of many others increases the complexity of planning and the difficulty in implementing the projects. In response to these problems, Terna adopted an approach based on dialogue and consultation with local institutions to seek solutions that allow the local treasures and potential of the country’s environmental and cultural heritage to be preserved.

The necessity of working on the existing lines is usually connected with the fact that many lines were constructed tens of years ago. The gradual urbanization of rural areas and the adoption of new regulations that change the parameters previously in effect with regard to the interaction between electricity lines and the surrounding territory determine the need to update portions of the existing grid.