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SO1Consultation with Local Governments
SO10Terna’s approach to local communities comes into play especially when the Company builds new lines (see chapter on Environmental Responsibility) and consists in the early engagement of local authorities (regional and local authorities, parks, etc.).This process includes sharing the development needs of the National Transmission Grid (NTG) with local authorities, listening to stakeholders’ opinions and the pursuit of an agreed solution for the location of the new infrastructures and the reorganization of the existing ones. To encourage the acceptance of electricity infrastructures on the part of the local communities, Terna believes it is fundamental to advance as much as possible the coordination phase with the Local Authorities as of the moment the need is determined for implementing new development projects for NTG. In this way conditions are “built” together for developing the grid, allowing the projects to be more sustainable and acceptable. This approach can also help expediting authorization processes that for the Local Authorities become a way to recognize the advance work coordinated with Terna, rather than being the first opportunity for learning about the existence of projects involving one’s own territory planned by others, without any prior involvement. The dialogue between Terna and local authorities requires nearly 20 resources of the Institutional Affairs Department, who deal with institutional meetings and joint on-the-spot investigations with all the bodies concerned. This is an intense activity, since the process before and after the authorization of new projects is very complex.

The voluntary pre-authorization process lasts on average from one to three years and includes various specific activities, particularly meetings, for:

  • defining and finalizing cooperation for sustainably developing the NTG as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment;
  • defining a system of criteria for analyzing the local area and selecting the alternatives with the least impact;
  • applying the criteria to the local area and identifying the best corridor in which the work is to be built;
  • defining the feasibility range inside the corridor and finalizing the related memorandums of understanding;
  • defining and finalizing agreements on offsetting any remaining environmental impact.

As established by the law, the authorization process is implemented through “conferenza dei servizi” (meetings of all authorities and players involved) and lasts on average from one to two years.

EU19The following table summarizes the level of participatory decision-making processes with the stakeholders concerned on energy planning and infrastructure development, as well as the results of their engagement.

MAIN COORDINATION ACTIVITIES
Project Type Lenght Authorities involvedNumber of meetings in 2011
“Foggia-Villanova (PE)” power line (“Foggia-Gissi (CH)” segment) (Abruzzo Molise, Puglia) 380 kV Nearly 120 km

3 Regions

3 Provinces

19 Municipalities

71
“Fano (PU)-Teramo” power line 380 kV Nearly 190 km

2 Regions

6 Provinces

45 Municipalities

46
Interconnection of the islands in Campania (part of the work) 150 kV 30 km 3 Municipalities 6
“Deliceto-Bisaccia” power line (Campania and Puglia) 380 kV Nearly 35 km

2 Regions

2 Provinces

5 Municipalities

35
“Montecorvino-Avellino Nord-Benevento II” power line (“Avellino Nord - BN II” segment ) 380 kV 65 km

1 Region

3 Provinces

23 Municipalities

15
Station north of Bologna (Emilia Romagna) 380 kV

25 km of overhead lines

20 km of dismantlement

2 Municipalities 5
Upgrading Reggio Emilia Area (Emilia Romagna) 132 kV

38 km of overhead lines

14 km of cable lines

44 km of dismantlement

1 Province

7 Municipalities

6
Riccione-Rimini ring 132 kV Work to be defined (*) Municipalities of Riccione, Rimini, Coriano 4
“S.ta Teresa-Tempio - Buddusò” power line (Sardinia) 150 kV Nearly 95 km

1 Region

1 Province

9 Municipalities

7
“Selargius-Goni” power line (Sardinia) 150 kV Nearly 30 km

1 Region

1 Province

12 Municipalities

2
Station in Mulargia (Sardinia) 150 kV ===

1 Region

1 Province

1 Municipality

3
“Chiaramonte Gulfi-Ciminna” power line (Sicily) 380 kV  

22 Municipalities

6 Provinces

1 Region

11
Grid restructuring in Lucca area (Tuscany) 380 kV e 132 kV Work to be defined (*) Coordination presently underway with the Municipality of Lucca 2
Upgrading HV grid in Umbria (Umbria) 120 kV Work to be defined

1 Region

2 Provinces (as of today, 1 Municipality involved in coordination)

16
Station in Schio (VI) (Veneto) 220 kV === 1 Municipality 25
Cross power line in Veneto 380 kV  

2 Provinces

9 Municipalities

1 Park

50
Upgrading Valle Sabbia (integration) 380/220/132 kV (*)

1 Municipality

1 Mountain Community

6
Upgrading HV line in Potenza area 380/220/150 kV (*)

2 Provinces

11 Municipalities

8
380 kV Sorgente-Ponte Cinque Archi power line 380 kV   4 Provinces 3
Upgrading Valle D’Aosta 380/132 kV Work to be defined (*)

1 Province

12-13 Municipalities

10
220 kV Partinico-Fulgatore power line 220 kV   2 Provinces 1
Grid restructuring in Ferrara 380/220 kV Work to be defined (*)

1 Province

1 Municipality

3
Grid restructuring in Penisola Sorrentina 380/220/150 kV Work to be defined (*) 3 Provinces 10
(*) In the event of restructuring/upgrading, this does not involve only one line but a series of measures, that cannot be grouped only into one figure

Trasversale in Veneto: complete online informationSO1

 At the beginning of 2011, within the section “Terna’s buildings sites in Italy” on its website www.terna.it, Terna published online a focus on the reasons for building the new “Trasversale in Veneto” electricity line, its impacts and advantages, with charts, data and overhead photographs of the territory, updates on the coordination in progress and on the authorization process that started at the beginning of 2012.

This initiative, a first of its kind, intends to provide all the communities of the provinces of Treviso and Venice involved by the new electricity line, easy and immediate access to complete, transparent and timely information on this essential and urgent work for solving the risk of blackouts and guaranteeing stability to the regional electricity system.

The detailed section “Trasversale in Veneto” is divided into five parts: “Reasons for implementing the project”, “The project and its advantages” (with details for each Municipality) “The Authorization Process”, “Communication” and “Questions and Answers” and illustrates to all the communities involved by the presence of the power line (Venice, Martellago, Scorzé, Zero Branco, Quinto di Treviso, Morgano, Paese, Istrana, Trevignano and Volpago del Montello) and to those involved only by possible removal and modernization of old lines (Ponzano Veneto, Povegliano and Treviso) the need for the project, its progress and advantages for each territory in the event an agreement is reached between the Municipalities and Terna, prior to the authorization request for the new line.

Reasons for implementing the project

The Veneto region is characterized by a high level of electricity consumption, but produces less than half the quantity it consumes: for this reason it must import the electricity it needs from neighboring regions, using the “energy highways”, i.e., the system of transmission lines that must be efficient and safe.

Veneto’s transmission grid currently represents a critical segment of the entire Italian electricity system: the region only has two main EHV electricity lines crossing it from the North to the South, part of a grid system (built prior to 1950) characterized by a low level of interconnection and of meshing. The region’s inadequate transmission grid also emerges from the direct comparison with other regions having similar characteristics owing to the presence of extensive industry. A malfunction or maintenance work along a segment of the two existing EHV lines are sufficient for risking blackouts in the Treviso and Venice provinces. In order to solve the risks of blackouts to which families and businesses living in the Marca Trevigiana and in the Venice area are exposed to, it is essential to build as soon as possible the power line named “Trasversale in Veneto” – connecting the two existing EHV lines. Thanks to building the new line, all the area involved in the project will solve the risk of outages.

The project’s environmental advantages

The Trasversale in Veneto electricity line includes building approximately 34 km of a new 380 kV electricity line between the existing power station in Venezia Nord and a new power station to be built in Volpago del Montello. The electricity line, far away from urban centers, will be built fully respecting the safety distances from urban areas exceeding by far law requirements which are the most stringent ones in Europe for electromagnetic fields. It will also be possible to remove 86 km of old electricity lines currently included in urban centers: approximately 1,000 buildings, built near (if not actually under) the power lines could benefit from the removal of the electricity lines. Over 1,800 buildings located within a 100 meter reach from the electricity lines that could be removed, would benefit from an economic re-evaluation thanks to the removal of the pylons.

The new electricity line will allow reducing by 12 thousand tons/year the quantity of CO2 emissions in the environment. The old electricity lines that will be replaced by the new Trasversale were built with obsolete technology and with grid losses that the new, more efficient, electricity line will drastically reduce.