Consultation with local administrations

Terna's approach to the territory, expressed on the basis of the need to build new lines consists of a voluntary process of prior engagement with local institutions (regional and local administrations, Park Entities, etc.). This process involves the sharing of National Transmission Grid (NTG) development needs with local institutions, a willingness to listen to stakeholder opinions and the search for a shared solution for the positioning of new infrastructure and the reorganisation of existing ones.

To encourage the acceptance of electricity infrastructure by local communities, Terna believes it essential to bring forward as much as possible the discussion with local administrations to the time of planning the need for a new NTG development operation. This will help create the conditions to “build” the development of the grid jointly with them, thus making it more sustainable and acceptable.

The voluntary pre-authorisation process, which last on average from one to three years, envisages several specific activities, in particular meetings to:

  • define and formalise cooperation for the sustainable development of the NTG, in harmony with the goals of the Strategic Environmental Assessment;
  • share a system of criteria for analysis of the territory and the selection of lower-impact alternatives;
  • apply the criteria to the territory and identify the preferred corridor for the location of the work;
  • define the feasibility band of the line within the preferred corridor and formalise the related memoranda of understanding.

The voluntary pre-authorisation consultation phase is followed by the authorisation process required by law.