The publication of Terna’s new Development Plan, which sets out the medium and long-term plan for the development of the Italian transmission grid, has sparked much interest in the last few days. The plan is structured into four strategic directions: grid rationalisation, increasing resilience, asset acquisition and the integration of renewable sources. The strategic objective is to design the network of tomorrow, focusing on accelerating the energy transition. This might seem a linear process, simply updating the development plans each year, but in fact the context is constantly changing; priorities shift and challenges evolve, sometimes with entirely new characteristics.
In recent years the scenario has been characterised by the directives of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) and the UN Agenda 2030, as well as the effects of climate change resulting in a higher frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather events. “This is why we are constantly researching,” explains Simona Baldissoni, grid development senior specialist in the Grid Planning department. A Civil Engineering graduate, Simona has worked in the electricity sector for twenty years, sixteen of which have been with Terna, and for the last three years has worked in the department that defines “the soul of the TSO, the “Terna” aspect”. This department is responsible for the planning, development, investments, security and resilience of the Italian national grid. In fact, it is a decisive technical sector for system decarbonisation.