Public Lighting

The management of Public Lighting is governed by the ten-year contract, starting on 1 June 2005, signed by ACEA S.p.A. and the Municipality of Rome in 2007, which governs services related to public lighting.

Subsequently, ACEA S.p.A. and ACEA Distribuzione signed a contract for the assignment of public lighting activities in the Municipality of Rome.
In 2010, the bulk of works related to the “Safety Agreement” were completed, which was initially launched in 2008, strongly supported by the Municipal Authority following the tragic events that occurred at the Tor di Quinto railway station in November 2007.

On the other hand, new construction activities concerned, in particular, the implementation of the “Suburbs plan” on behalf of Department XVI, and the execution of several other works set forth by the Municipal Authority.

The other major works include: the assignment of former ANAS plants along the urban section of Via Aurelia, completion of the lighting of via Cassia between the ring road and l’Olgiata (stretch that runs from via del Cenacolo and via Amoretti), and lastly, the management of the Car. Gest. tunnel on via Tiburtina.

In addition to the above, further programmes focused on the following principal areas:

  • the replacement of 2.7 kV circuits (i.e. from MV to LV plants) led to operations on 1,067 lighting points;
  • network modernisation: 1,985 lighting points were upgraded in 2010, a process that in some cases included redevelopment of the power supply network;
  • plant renewal; this activity is directly linked to approval of the said long-term programme and, pursuant to the previous points, envisages the inspection, extraordinary maintenance and, if necessary, the upgrading to Class II of the lighting points managed on behalf of the Municipality of Rome.
  • plant maintenance: maintenance activities primarily took the form of planned, emergency and extraordinary maintenance;
  • artistic maintenance: in 2010, extraordinary maintenance work was completed on several historic fountains (Fontana di Trevi, Fontana del Campidoglio, Fontana del Quirinale, Fontana Piazza della Repubblica, Fontana del Mose) as well as other major installations in central areas like Piazza del popolo, Via Cernia – Planetario, terme di Diocleziano (Diocletian’s Baths), Via delle Terme di Caracalla and Faro del Gianicolo. Extraordinary maintenance work was carried out on some bridges on the Tiber such as Ponte Milvio, Ponte duca d’Aosta and Ponte Umberto. The upgrading of Parco Schuster at the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura (Basilica of St Paul outside the walls) was of particular significance, in which 144 new latest generation LED covers were used.
  • energy efficiency initiatives: 2010 saw a continuation of the experimental program for the development of technological solutions aimed at achieving energy efficiency of public lighting plants, started in 2008. The areas involved in the works have been identified as flow regulators and LED technology for street lighting respectively.

These initiatives have brought the city systems more into line with the requirements of Regional Law 23/2000 regarding the reduction of light emissions, in addition to the measures that have already been implemented with the adoption of cut-off devices. As regards said new technology projects, a total of 989 lighting points were installed and 258 retrofits carried out in 2010, marking a total of 1,232 LED lighting points. These activities will continue in the 2011-2015 period with a further 30,000 LED installations.

  • new plant works: a total of 4,195 lighting points were installed in the Municipality of Rome, with work carried out for Department XII, Department XVI, other departments (Parks and Gardens, Suburbs, Area Planning) and Municipalities.
  • districts: 6 new agreements were stipulated, accompanied by the necessary maintenance contracts subject to the condition precedent that the related works must be completed.