The SEA coordination tool

The various positive results obtained in planning sustainable development, that were recognised also at the highest government levels, were reached thanks to Terna’s approach based on coordination with Regional and Local Bodies, in the ongoing search for a proper balance between electricity needs and meeting the interests of the community and with a new tool: the SEA – Strategic Environmental Assessment – that Terna has been the first to apply in Italy since 2002 on a voluntary basis. Up to now, 18 SEA agreements were signed with Piedmont, Calabria, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Sicily, Campania, Basilicata, Umbria, Tuscany, Marche, Sardinia, Abruzzo, Puglia, Molise, Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Lazio and the Autonomous Province of Trento.

In 2009, in particular, the following memorandums of understanding were signed with Regional Authorities and Local Bodies: with the municipalities of Fiano Romano, Capena, Montopoli Sabina and Nazzano, for restructuring the electricity grid between Rome and Terni (December 21); with Lazio’s Regional Authorities (December 17), with Liguria’s Regional Authorities (November 3) and with Valle d’Aosta’s Regional Authorities (July 10) for the electricity grid’s sustainable development; with Piedmont’s Regional Authorities and the City of Turin for upgrading Turin’s 220 kV grid (June 12); with Piedmont’s Regional Authorities for the “feasibility range” of the 380 kV Trino (Vercelli)-Lacchiarella (Milan) power line between Piedmont and Lombardy (May 27); and lastly with Campania’s Regional Authorities and the Province of Naples for restructuring the 220 kV line in Naples (January 28).