Declaration of public utility of transmission grid facilities

This declaration represents the specific recognition that each planned line or substation is designed to meet objectives of general interest and involves the need to occupy land, imposes the right of easement of electricity infrastructure.

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Each one of the transmission grid facilities shall have the declaration of public utility which expressly applies to each project.

The electricity transmission grid facilities meet the objectives of general interest, and therefore, they have generically been declared of public interest in the Electricity Sector Law.

As the transmission grid facilities affect the property, rights  and interests of individuals or entities, public or private, in order to deploy infrastructure of this type in the territory, it is necessary to obtain the specific public utility declaration from the competent authority for each of them.

This declaration represents the specific recognition that each planned line or substation is designed to meet objectives of general interest and involves the need to occupy land, imposes the right of easement of electricity infrastructure. Similarly, it implies that the right be granted for the authorisation of the installation or for it to pass over public or national heritage of the different public administrations.

The property and rights necessary for the establishment of an electricity installation can be obtained amicably or mandatorily. The amicable way to get them is through mutual agreement. When this is not possible, the declaration of public utility initiates the procedure for urgent occupation of land for the purposes specified in the law regarding compulsory expropriation.

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