TERNA AND THE VENETO REGION: CEO FERRARIS AND GOVERNOR LUCA ZAIA SIGN NEW PLAN FOR THE GRID

Works for the development and renovation of existing plants following the wave of bad weather last November
  • 21/01/2019
Terna and the Veneto region: CEO Ferraris and Governor Luca Zaia sign new plan for the grid

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Significant investments for the security of the grid. Terna finalises an ambitious agreement with the Veneto region, the aim of which is to support the promotion of sustainable development in the region and the economic and social relaunch of the areas affected by the weather events of November 2018, through the reconstruction and development of the region’s electricity infrastructure. Terna CEO Luigi Ferraris expresses great satisfaction following the signing of the agreement with Governor Luca Zaia in palazzo Balbi in Venice. The CEO highlights that “the works are the result of dialogue with the territory which today represents, along with the sustainability of the works and attention to the environment and territory, an essential value in Terna’s strategy”. In reference to the bad weather, Ferraris reiterates the importance of investments in the territory and bringing innovation “for a broader community eager for social advancement, and the route that this agreement needs to take is one founded on the synergy in resources, ideas, choices and individuals who want to build a better future”.

From the Dolo-Camin electricity cable to the Alto Bellunese restructuring works. The numerous planned works focus on improved development of the grid and the resolution of critical infrastructure issues. In response to journalists’ questions, Ferraris specified that Terna foresees around € 900 million in investments throughout the region. The rationalisation project between Venice and Padova alone will cost over € 400 million: the 380 kV Dolo-Camin connection will be constructed entirely with underground cables. “This new project will be shared first with the territory and then presented for authorisation in the following months”, confirmed CEO Ferraris. “It is the fact that Terna has listened to the requests from the territory which has pushed our efforts beyond the consolidated and traditional studies, toward innovation and experimentation”.

The demolition of power lines and reconstruction using underground cables is also planned, for example, in the area belonging to the Volpago substation, in the Middle Piave Valley area and in Alto Bellunese between Cortina and Auronzo di Cadore. Specifically, the latter is the result of a long process of dialogue and collaboration with the Veneto region, which coordinated a technical consultation with the two municipal administrations and managed the public consultation phase with the local citizens and stakeholders.

Innovation: monitoring and security in the region. The action plan for the region is part of the campaign to modernise the Italian national electricity grid, in support of regional energy transition. The aim is “to support the electricity service for isolated areas and buildings, creating micro-electricity grids producing energy from renewable sources and storage systems, and optimise the electricity service in the ports”, adds Terna’s CEO.

Luca Zaia, the President of the region, highlights the region's commitment to supporting the growth of its economic and social fabric, combining it with environmental sustainability through appropriate planning on the energy front. Zaia adds, “these are challenges which also involve infrastructure and plants, which need to be increasingly efficient and have a lower environmental impact. From this point of view, Terna’s regional electricity grid development project, which also includes the laying of important underground connections, is in line with our objectives and acknowledges the needs expressed by the territories and, as well as improving the service, also looks at the security and quality of the environment”.