Connection of plants using renewable energy

The main contribution of the 2011 Developmenti Plan to the reduction of CO2 emissions will be due to the connection of plants producing from renewable sources. The production of energy from renewable sources has grown rapidly in the last few years. In particular wind generating plants have considerably increased, especially in southern and insular Italy. During 2010, new wind plants with about 950 MW of installed capacity were commissioned, while photovoltaic plants with about 1520 MW(2) of installed capacity were also commissioned.  

One of Terna’s main tasks is to plan the upgrading of the NTG in order to encourage production of electricity from renewable energy sources by trying to overcome any grid and operating limitations that could condition the injection into the grid of such energy, which is entitled to dispatching priority.   
In this regard, the works included by Terna in the 2011 Development Plan will release about 4,700 MW of power from wind, thus obtaining a reduction of emissions amounting to about 5,000,000 tons of CO2.

[1] Provisional 2010 data as of March 2011

Category Work Power from renewable sources (MW)
Grid upgrading indirectly functional for the reduction of operating limitations in dispatching generation, which favor production from renewable sources that cannot be planned 380-kVi “Sorgente – Scilla – Rizziconi” line and upgrading of the EHV grid in Sicily 1,000
Upgrading of interconnection capacity between Sardinia and Corsica/ continental Italy
New 380-kVi “Aliano
– Montecorvino” line
380-kV “Foggia-Villanova” line
Upgrading of 380-kV “Foggia-Benevento” line
Work to upgrade and decongest EHV and HV grid sections into which Terna injects production from renewable sources that cannot be planned.
Upgrading the transmission grid in southern Italy