Lines and local communities

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The construction of new lines is a response to technical requirements of the electric system, such as the elimination of congestion and the risk of overload, as well as to the increased production and consumption of electricity that accompanies the economic growth of Italy or specific areas of the country. Ternai includes the necessary new construction in its Grid Developmenti Plan, which every year follows a complex process of authorization. The development of the grid serves the general interests of society, but the environmental impact connected with the construction of new power lines is concentrated on the territory through which the route of the line passes. 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 of implementing it. 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 electric lines and the surrounding territory determine the need to update portions of the existing grid.