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.