Green Energy and Networking. 5th EAI International Conference, GreeNets 2018, Guimarães, Portugal, November 21–23, 2018, Proceedings

Research Article

Sustainability Assessment of High Voltage Transmission Lines

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-12950-7_7,
        author={Paula Ferreira and Glaucivan Cunha and Madalena Ara\^{u}jo},
        title={Sustainability Assessment of High Voltage Transmission Lines},
        proceedings={Green Energy and Networking. 5th EAI International Conference, GreeNets 2018, Guimar\"{a}es, Portugal, November 21--23, 2018, Proceedings},
        keywords={Transmission line Impact evaluation Sustainability},
  • Paula Ferreira
    Glaucivan Cunha
    Madalena Araújo
    Year: 2019
    Sustainability Assessment of High Voltage Transmission Lines
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12950-7_7
Paula Ferreira1,*, Glaucivan Cunha2, Madalena Araújo1
  • 1: University of Minho
  • 2: Coordination of Electrical Engineering, FAMETRO - Faculdade Metropolitana de Manaus
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This work aims to contribute to the proposal of a multi-criteria based methodology for sustainability evaluation of impacts from high voltage transmission lines integrating indicators reflecting environmental and socio-economic criteria. The proposed methodology was applied to a transmission grid project in Manaus/Amazonas, Brazil, evaluating its sustainability. From the analysis, it can be observed that the implementation of the project tends to have a significant impact during the construction phase. The most important indexes come from the environmental dimension resulting from a proximity to environmental protected areas and reduction of vegetation both during implementation and operation phases, which is particularly important for the case of Amazonia forest. As for the socio-economic index, this reflects an optimistic expectation of the population towards the arrival of electricity to communities that can lead to the creation of more jobs and improvement of cities infrastructures along with the low expected impact on local protected communities, given the previous studies addressing these concerns during the design phase. Based on the results achieved, avenues for future research are proposed.