Lines and local communities


The construction of new lines is a response to technical requirements of the electric system – such as congestion reduction or the elimination of overloading – and the increase in production and consumption of energy that accompanies the economic growth of specific areas or the entire country. The development of the grid serves general interests of society, but the environmental impact connected with the construction of new electric lines is concentrated in the areas through which the lines pass. In Italy, moreover, the population density of many areas and the artistic, cultural, and landscape value of many others increase the complexity of planning and the difficulty of constructing lines. In response to these problems, Terna adopted an approach based on dialogue and consultation with institutions to seek solutions that allow the wealth and potential of the environmental and cultural heritage of such areas to be preserved.

The need to work on existing lines usually stems from the fact that many of them were constructed decades ago. The gradual urbanisation of rural areas and the adoption of new regulations, which change the standards previously in effect with regard to the interaction between electric lines and surrounding areas, make it necessary to make changes in segments of the existing grid.