Power lines and regional planning go hand in hand in Ticino
Thanks to the Studio Generale, Ticino has been playing a pioneering role in fostering dialogue and the search for synergies since 2013. Studio Generale is a cantonal working group that brings together Swissgrid, SBB and AET to work on a common goal: the search for synergies and optimisation of power line routes tailored to suit the landscape. The parties’ goal is to ensure the continuing security of the electricity supply in harmony with regional planning.
The transition towards sustainable energy sources requires the extra-high-voltage grid to be upgraded and expanded to comply with the amount of electricity that will need to be transmitted in the future.
On 8 January 2021, a grid frequency deviation occurred in Europe. ENTSO-E published an intermediate report on the incident on 26 February. In an interview, Markus Imhof, Head of Balancing & Scheduling, explains the role that Swissgrid played in this event.
Swissgrid and SiL have renovated their electrical facilities at the Romanel substation. The work has now been completed. Yves-André Bagnoud, Head of the Research & Project Office at Lausanne industrial Services (SiL), tells us about the history of this substation and its importance for SiL.
The grid needs to be upgraded and expanded in line with demand to ensure the successful implementation of the Energy Strategy 2050. That much is clear. But grid projects often take longer than planned. Why is that?
The importance of the Gotthard route applies not only to road traffic, but also to electricity transmission. Swissgrid's extra-high voltage line Mettlen – Airolo runs via the Gotthard Pass and is vital for north-south electricity transport.