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In line with the rapid evolution of the electricity scenario and the objectives contained within the Strategic Plan, the Strategy and Development Department was enhanced further and, in March 2016, it became the second division within the Group (Strategy and Development Division) tasked with analysing the development of the electricity system, assessing impacts and opportunities for the Group, developing international business and Non-Regulated Activities within Italy, coordinating the Group's Regulated and Non-Regulated Activities, drafting the Development Plan of the NTG and the Security Plan for the National Electricity System, as well as managing relationships with domestic regulatory bodies and authorities.

This new organisational division has also been assigned the task of centralising and coordinating the innovation of the Group in order to guarantee the initiatives' full compliance with the strategic guidelines of the company's Strategic Plan.

The Group continues to use the specialised support of manufacturers, collaboration with universities, RSE S.p.A. (Ricerca Sistema Energetico) and CESI S.p.A., a specialised service company in which it has a 42.698% shareholding.

During 2016 the Operative Research Centre was established within Terna Rete Italia, based in Florence. The Centre's research areas include conducting studies and analysis and defining test protocols with a predominant focus on the following sectors: Power Electronics in HVDC, Sustainability, Asset Management and Smart Grids and Transmission Grid Resilience.


  • Smart Island

    In May 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Terna Plus S.r.l., the Municipality of Pantelleria and S.Med.E. (the company that produces and distributes electricity on the island) with the aim of constructing renewable generation plants and energy storage systems, increasing energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions, actively managing electricity demand and introducing a mobility system with electrical vehicles and charging stations, thus making the island an example of sustainability and cutting-edge technology.

    In August 2016 Terna Plus signed an agreement with Vento di Venezia, a company that is pursuing the requalification of the island of Certosa in partnership with the Municipality of Venice, with the objective of making the island of Certosa a smart energy lab. 

  • Environmental sustainability

    As part of the “TSO-DSO” project, development and construction of new dispatching functions continue which could be implemented in automation and control systems installed in substations and at NTG control and operation centres, with the aim of favouring the integration of distributed generation plants from non-programmable renewable energy sources, thereby improving operational security and safety.

    The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was conducted on 380 kV overhead lines and cable lines with single-stem pylons. An LCA assessment is currently being conducted on direct-current conversion plants (HVDC).  In regard to the project testing innovative solutions for mitigating low-frequency CEM (electromagnetic fields), following on from tests on the 150 kV Collarmele-Castelmadama line, guidelines were prepared for designing mitigation systems with passive loops, to be applied to HV electricity lines with different voltages.

    In regards to the trial of noise mitigation systems, a pre-prototype system has been tested at the Rome South electrical substation with good preliminary results. Additionally, a second solution with passive dampers has been completed, applied to a newly-constructed single-phase reactor, which has been installed at the Taio electrical substation. This lead to the provision of passive dampers being installed on Terna reactors.

  • Transmission technologies

    Electricity transmission continues to experience great evolutions, in terms of research into efficient and effective systems to meet the paradigm shifts taking place across Europe, in line with the prescriptions of the Energy Union concerning the strengthening of the interconnection between systems and markets.
    The challenge lies in not only creating the capacity to allocate substantial volumes of renewable energy, while guaranteeing satisfactory margins of adequacy, quality and security at the same time, but also the conditions to meet ambitious targets set for eco-compatibility for the next few decades.