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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1576; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10101576

High Voltage Overhead Power Line Routing under an Objective Observability Criterion

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of La Rioja, 26004 Logroño, Spain
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Received: 7 September 2017 / Revised: 6 October 2017 / Accepted: 10 October 2017 / Published: 12 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
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Abstract

The construction of new high voltage overhead power lines (HVOPLs) has become a controversial issue for electricity companies due to social opposition. Citizens are concerned about how these power lines may have an impact on their lives, basically caused by their effects on health and safety. Visual impact is one of the most easily perceived. Although there are several published works that deal with the assessment of the visual impact produced by HVOPLs, no methodology has been proposed to assess this impact from an objective perspective. This work presents an original methodology which helps to identify the optimal routes for a new HVOPL under an objective observability criterion, enabling the selection of those with the lowest visibility in a zone. The application of the proposed methodology achieves a set of routes that links new HVOPL origin and destination points creating a corridor which includes all possible routes with an observability of its towers under a threshold limit. This methodology is illustrated by a real-life use corresponding to the selection of the route with least observability for a new power line in La Rioja (Spain). The results obtained may help to achieve a consensus between key stakeholders since it is focused on the specific issues of the planned HVOPL and its observability from an objective perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: overhead power lines; geographic information systems; technology social factors; power line routing; visual impact overhead power lines; geographic information systems; technology social factors; power line routing; visual impact
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Fernandez-Jimenez, L.A.; Mendoza-Villena, M.; Garcia-Garrido, E.; Lara-Santillan, P.M.; Zorzano-Santamaria, P.J.; Zorzano-Alba, E.; Falces, A. High Voltage Overhead Power Line Routing under an Objective Observability Criterion. Energies 2017, 10, 1576.

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