Impact on society
and employees
The quality of life of Poles depends on our actions and ensuring the continuity of electricity supplies.

PSE’s particular concern is to ensure the safety of employees and personnel of contractors providing services to our company. Therefore, we constantly care about the development and safety of our technical infrastructure.

We are a modern organization, shaping an innovative work environment. We care about the development of competences of our employees. We want to continually strengthen the unique knowledge base within the organization and the expertise of PSE's staff responsible for maintaining a safe and stable power system.

We are committed to strengthening awareness and educating the public about how the electricity market works.

Development of regions and local communities

Key figures (as of the end of 2020)

Impact on society

approx. 5%

of the fee transferred to PSE for transmission services included in the bills of residential electricity customers.

PLN 4,29 million

total value donated by PSE for social actions.

PLN 1,96 million

value of in-kind and financial donations for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


projects (100 under the formula of social sponsorship, 64 under the formula of donation) implemented in 172 municipalities in 11 provinces.


beneficiaries ─ entities that benefited from PSE's social support in 2020.

3 512

informational meetings with residents for ongoing investments between 2016 and 2021, including approximately 850 meetings in 2020.

Impact on society employees


of employees took advantage of health care benefits in 2020.


of employees took advantage of benefits in the field of subsidizing sports, recreational and cultural and educational activities in 2020.

Work safety


value of the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) at PSE. Compared to 2019, the index value has decreased, which is a positive trend and is mainly due to the reduced incident rate.

Development of regions and local communities
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Public purpose infrastructure investment projects, including the construction of electrical substations and extra-high voltage lines, significantly raise living standards throughout the regions.

Network investment preparation stages

  1. What do we need?

    Development of an investment plan based on power demand and connection requests.

  2. Line route design

    Definition of the technical parameters of the expected results and the area covered.

  3. Informational and consultation activities

    Consultation of the line route with public administration and local authorities Public consultation with residents and property owners along the line route.

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    Obtaining the decision on environmental constraints

    Conducting an environmental survey in the areas identified during consultations as optimal for the line route and substation.

  5. Negotiations with real property owners

    Acquisition of rights to administer real properties and establish utility easements.

  6. Obtaining a location / public utility project location decision

    Introduction to local planning, if it has not been done before.

  7. A building permit

    Obtaining a building permit.

  8. Tendering procedure

    Selecting a contractor.

  9. Performance of construction and erection works

    The stage of performance of construction and erection works.

  10. Commissioning new infrastructure

    Energizing / final technical acceptance.

By guaranteeing stable electricity supplies in a given area, PSE helps to perform a number of functions that are important for regions and local communities.
Benefits of infrastructure investment projects:
  • ensuring energy security and supplies for the region by increasing electricity availability,
  • reducing the risk of failure by replacement of worn and used systems with ones of modern designs,
  • increasing the region's investment attractiveness by providing suitable conditions for enterprises to locate and develop business operations, which results in new jobs as well as tax revenues for commune budgets,
  • reducing electricity losses and, consequently, electricity costs, by increasing the voltage levels in transmission networks and using high quality materials for their construction,
  • significant budget revenues from taxes paid to communes - every year the commune budget receives a fee in the amount of 2% of the value of the investment projects completed in its area in the form of real property tax,
  • development of local businesses - hiring local companies as subcontractors,
  • the impetus for modernization and development of local electricity distributor infrastructure,
  • increasing connection possibilities for local energy generation sources, including RES in particular,
  • creating conditions for further dynamic development of electromobility.
Cooperation with local governments
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As an exemplary investor and good neighbor, we place particular importance on establishing and developing relationships with local government authorities. During the implementation of investment projects, we involve representatives of provinces, districts and communes in the decision-making process, including the investment project preparation process.

While cooperating with local government, we provide comprehensive and reliable information on investment projects, at the same time taking care to properly present the resulting benefits, which are important for the commune.
PSE's ongoing efforts to build awareness of the importance of the investment projects:
  • designing route proposals in cooperation with local authorities during the Feasibility Study preparation stage,
  • direct talks with mayors and commune leaders regarding the final shape of the investment project,
  • presentations of proposed routes as part of community council investment sessions,
  • open information and consultation meetings for local communities, intended to listen to opinions and suggestions on the optimum investment processes in a given area,
  • organization of informational community outreach to listen to individual stakeholders,
  • maintenance of the investment website containing key issues concerning the investment project,
  • involving residents in communication activities at further stages of the investment project (e.g. through educational programs, participation in meetings, conferences, consultations with residents, etc.),
  • organization of study visits in the surroundings of the existing energy infrastructure in the region conducted by specialists from an accredited laboratory specializing in the measurement of the electromagnetic field (PEM) impact,
  • organization of site inspections showing the immediate surroundings of the investment project after its completion,
  • cooperation with local media journalists in order to inform about the progress of the investment project,
  • constant contact with investment stakeholders via hotlines and information points, ensuring two-way communication between the investor and residents,
  • distribution of informational materials to help in talks with residents (information brochures, Q&A documents, informational and educational videos).

Tab. 1. Meetings with authorities and institutions as part of investment project implementation
In-house indicator
Number of meetings with authorities and institutions as part of investment project implementation between 2016 and 2020
ZKO PSE areas 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Number of meetings Number of investment projects Number of meetings Number of investment projects Number of meetings Number of investment projects Number of meetings Number of investment projects Number of meetings Number of investment projects
Bydgoszcz 84 21 40 17 202 15 208 15 171 13
Katowice 126 23 84 21 112 30 91 30 125 17
Poznań 106 25 138 21 67 24 163 13 148 35
Warszawa i Radom 534 60 484 53 307 33 240 53 82 19
In total 850 129 746 112 688 102 702 111 526 84
While executing power investment projects, we share a common goal


meetings and events for investment projects held between 2016 and 2020, including 850 meetings in 2020.

Example information and consultation process
The information and consultation activities undertaken in the process are intended to reach a consensus on the final line route.

In implementing the above, PSE takes into account, first and foremost:
  • environmental, planning, engineering, and economic requirements,
  • interest of residents and real property owners.
Extensive public consultations are crucial to the optimum line routing. Talks with commune leaders, residents and social organizations allow us to provide all interested parties with complete details about the planned investment project and to develop a common position.
Completed outreach and communication activities with local communities:
  • Talks with commune mayors and leaders to analyze local zoning plans and commune development plans for the location of transmission facilities. At this stage we attempt - in accordance with the suggestions of local governments - to find such location for the investment project that will not interfere with the commune plans;
  • Meetings with commune councils to present main information about the investment project, in particular its significance for the region and the national economy, technological, formal and legal conditions, the schedule, the impact of the line and the model for public consultations, as well as to collect opinions on the proposal for the line route in the commune. PSE representatives agree with the commune authorities on the continuation of the information and consultation process in individual districts;
  • Open information and consultation meetings with residents, during which PSE representatives answer any questions residents may have about the line, and analyze their suggestions on modifying the line route or locating power poles on specific real properties. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates are set with individual village leaders, who indicate locations that are convenient for residents. No later than 7 days prior to the scheduled meeting, village leaders receive meeting informational posters. Real property owners take advantage of the opportunity to ask individual questions about their real properties, which often clears up a number of concerns. On this basis, PSE representatives collect comments and requests from the public regarding the proposed route variant. We also receive suggestions from individual plot owners on how to make minor adjustments to the route - pole location. Each request is considered individually and, if technically possible, is granted;
  • Direct face-to-face talks with all owners along the route as an opportunity to restate the investment assumptions and ultimately agree on how it will be implemented for specific real properties.
Informational materials are prepared and made available throughout the investment project process, such as:
  • leaflets about the project are available e.g. in all commune offices and distributed at information meetings,
  • a folder on the safety of power line operation,
  • maps dedicated to particular communes (available during meetings and in communes' offices as inserts to folders),
  • a dedicated website for the investment project,
  • a hotline available 5 days a week and manned by specialists with comprehensive knowledge in investment projects.
Notices about informational and consultation meetings are distributed via:
  • an investment project website,
  • commune websites (depending on the communal practices),
  • informational posters (on village information boards, in communal offices),
  • information points,
  • mayors, councilors and village leaders,
  • local media,
  • communal text message systems (if they have one)..

Media activities
For the purposes of cooperation with the media, a spokesperson for the investment project is appointed each time. His/her job is to provide information and answer questions from the media. Information on the specific steps and stages of the investment project implementation is provided through media publications in conventional and electronic form, which allows the message to reach the widest possible audience.
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Example impact of an investment project on local economy ─ key investment projects
Construction of the 400 kV Ostrołęka-Stanisławów line
Construction of the 400 kV Ostrołęka-Stanisławów power line is an investment project of strategic importance for the Mazovian Voivodeship. The estimated length of the route is about 100 km. Currently, the Warsaw agglomeration and Ostrołęka are connected by a 220 kV line built in the early 1970s. With increasing energy demand and planned changes in the generation profile, it is no longer sufficient, and due to its age, it is also more susceptible to failures and extreme weather conditions. The new 400 kV line will help increase the amount of energy transmitted while reducing losses and having less impact on the environment.

  1. Meetings with authorities and commune councils

    The information and consultation process provided for residents and local authorities of communes along the considered line route variants started in July 2019. A total of 67 meetings were held to present the contractor's proposals for routing the line in a number of variants. Representatives of the investor and the contractor visited a total of 16 communes. The first meeting was always addressed to authorities in a given area, i.e. local authorities, mayors and village leaders. The subject of talks with local governments included the purpose of the investment project, proposed location variants, environmental impact, technical aspects and benefits. Working relationships (face-to-face, by phone, correspondence) are continued throughout the investment project implementation period as required.

  2. Open meetings with residents

    As part of the activities conducted, 22 meetings were held with commune residents. In several cases, follow-up meetings were required for residents of the same commune.

  3. Study visits - PEM measurements

    In response to the reported needs of residents, two study visits for the residents of the communes of Jadów and Strachówka were organized during the consultation process, where measurements of electromagnetic field (PEM) impact under the operating 400 kV line were taken.

  4. Study visits ─ KDM

    Another type of a study visit was a visit on September 5, 2019 by the mayor and councilors of the commune of Zabrodzie to the headquarters of the National Dispatch Center, the place from which the Polish power system is managed. It was an opportunity to present the need for expansion and modernization of the transmission network nationwide and provide information on its impact on the state's ability to grow.

  5. Media activities

    Information about the investment project has appeared in the following media: Fakty WWL, „Goniec Tłuszczański”, „Kurier W” and „Życie Powiatu na Mazowszu”. A number of articles about the consultations were available on Tuba Wyszkowa and in weekly "Nowy Wyszkowiak"; a publication about the need to expand the EHV network appeared in weekly "Wyszkowiak", Tuba Wyszkowa and in "Tygodnik Ostrołęcki".

  6. Geo-survey

    In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, a new tool was implemented to communicate with residents - the geo-survey. From this application, available on the investment project website it was possible to find out what are the proposed line route variants. Residents could measure the distance from the line to the indicated point, indicate which solution they preferred, and make comments. The website also provides: a set of most important questions and answers (FAQ), materials concerning the terms and conditions for the investment project implementation, legal aspects and environmental impact. The new tool was implemented in response to the inability to conduct open meetings with residents during an epidemic risk.

  7. WzMOCnij swoje otoczenie (EmPOWER Your Environment)

    PSE has launched a grant program in more than 70 communes, including all the communes where the 400 kV Ostrołęka-Stanisławów line will run. Many ideas were submitted, of which more than a dozen were implemented. Each of them had a chance to make a positive difference in the local area, improving quality of life, public spaces, safety, or helping to better combat Covid-19. The winning projects include the construction of outdoor gyms, modernization of school computer rooms, health and medical care activities, and environmental protection campaigns.
Construction of 400 kV Mikułowa-Świebodzice line
Construction of the 400 kV Mikułowa-Świebodzice power line is necessary to ensure sufficient and stable power supply to all customers in the Lower Silesia. The new system will replace the 220 kV line that has been in operation for over 50 years. The route has an estimated length of about 107 km and will pass through several communes.

The information and consultation process provided for residents and local authorities of communes along the considered line route variants started in December 2017. At that time, the kickoff meeting was held at the Lower Silesian Voivodship Office. Since January 2018, meetings with the commune authorities (village leaders, mayors, commune councils) were held, during which the investor's representatives informed about the information and consultation process and agreed with the authorities on the details of conducting information activities regarding the investment project. Meetings were also held to provide an opportunity to review proposals for the line route in a number of variants. The next stage of communication activities was to obtain opinions of forest inspectorates and important details concerning the presented line variant, as well as the proposed construction technology, influencing the final course of the investment project (6 meetings).

In total, investor representatives visited 17 communes. The subject of talks with local governments included the purpose of the investment project, proposed location variants, environmental impact, technical aspects and benefits. Working contacts - face-to-face, by phone and correspondence - continue throughout the investment project duration as needed.

  1. Meetings with authorities and commune councils

    The first stage of the consultation process were working consultations with communes - 17 meetings held on the consultation of the power line route - conducted in 2018. During the meetings, the line route was analyzed and route adjustments submitted by commune planning services were collected. The second stage of the consultation process was to present the line route and the investment project assumptions during sessions of municipal councils. The presentations took place between January and April 2019. A total of 16 meetings were held. The presentations of the investment project assumptions during the commune council sessions took place in a calm and constructive atmosphere. During the meetings, the principles of PSE's CSR program "EmPower Your Environment" were also discussed. Councilors mainly asked questions regarding the issue of establishing a utility easement and the future use of the real property following the construction of the power line.

    JOne of the effects of the line route presentation during the commune council session included the proposed adjustment in the village of Kłaczyna, in the commune of Dobromierz. It was taken into account and consulted with the local community, which responded positively to the proposed change.

  2. Consultation and information meetings with village residents located on the line route

    The next stage of the process was the organization of 20 information and consultation meetings with property owners and commune residents along the line route held in October and November 2019. The meetings were preceded by the process of informing about the planned dates (posters in villages, information on the investment project website and on communes' websites). Additionally, each real property owner was invited to the meeting by registered mail.

    During the meetings, the detailed line route was presented, detailed information on the investment task was provided, and issues related to the establishment of utility easements were discussed.

    In March 2020, the investor sent letters to communes informing them of the completion of the information and consultation process along with a map of the line route. Implementation of the public consultation process with real property owners resulted in nearly 40 adjustments to the line route in response to the demands and expectations of the public regarding the investment project.

    Due to constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the process of acquiring title deeds to real properties along the line has been delayed until the fourth quarter of 2021. Separately, remote negotiations were conducted with two real property owners in the commune of Siekierczyn. They concerned the demolition of existing residential buildings located in the designed right-of-way of the power line. In November 2020, PSE's Board of Directors agreed to the negotiated terms of the agreements with the owners. In addition, in support of the communes during the epidemic outbreak, PSE donated personal protective equipment kits to the communes along the line route, supporting local governments in their COVID-19 efforts.

  3. Media and information activities

    Information about the investment project has appeared in the following media: Echo24 TV, TVP3 Wrocław, Radio Wrocław and Biznes Alert and on the following websites:, of the Lower Silesia Voivodship Office,, and at

  4. WzMOCnij swoje otoczenie (EmPOWER Your Environment)

    Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne organized the third edition of the good-neighborly grant program "WzMOCnij swoje otoczenie" (EmPower Your Environment) addressed to all communes where the Mikułowa-Świebodzice line runs. Local governments, schools, libraries and non-governmental organizations from the Lower Silesia participated in this program edition and could submit projects in categories such as physical activity, safety, education, development of common public space, natural environment and health.
Harmony Link ─ Submarine cable link between Poland and Lithuania
The Poland-Lithuania power connection ─ Harmony Link ─ jis an element of the strategic project of the European Union concerning synchronization of the Baltic countries with the power network of Western Europe. The project is implemented jointly by PSE and LitGrid (Lithuanian TSO). The connection will require laying two High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cables on the seabed and buried onshore. The connection point to the NPS in Poland will be the Żarnowiec substation (SE Żarnowiec) and the Darbenai substation in Lithuania. The cable connection is a modern technology that allows to reduce transmission losses, and owing to the marine connection the impact of the investment project on the environmentally sensitive areas in the north-eastern Poland will be limited.

  1. Meetings with authorities and commune councils and institutions

    The consultation process with local governments regarding, among other things, the cable location in the onshore part began in May 2019. By June 2021, a total of 22 meetings were held with, among others, the mayor, Krokowa commune council, the governor of Puck, the governor of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, the heritage inspector of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, forest inspectorates, and other interested parties. Meetings with the heritage inspector of the Pomeranian Voivodeship were held to determine the cable line route through areas under conservation (Karwieńskie Błota). This area is listed as a historic site due to its unique rural layout - drainage ditches made by Dutch settlers in the 17th century.

    The authorities and institution representatives were informed about the assumptions and schedule of the investment project and submitted their comments. As a result, it was possible to select the optimum line route variant.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the need to seek new channels of communication with stakeholders on-line. meeting organization tools have proved helpful. Some of the talks took place in this form, but the vast majority of them were held in the form of in-person meetings (taking into account the sanitary regime in place), which certainly facilitated communication.

    Talks with real property owners along the line route and residents of the commune of Krokowa are scheduled to begin in early 2021. Due to the ongoing epidemic emergency and the government-imposed restrictions on meetings and limitations on the number of participants, the PSEs adapted the meeting form to the existing situation. Instead of large open meetings for residents and real property owners along the planned cable line route, the focus has been on individual meetings as part of the information and consultation sessions. The purpose of the changes was to ensure the safety of both parties to the talks, while creating an environment where all the necessary information could be shared.

    During the meetings, comments were collected on the line routing. The role of the PSE representatives was to present arguments to justify the investment project, its formal and legal conditions and the concept of the line route variant. The next steps for gaining an agreement with real property owners expressed in a utility easement agreement were also outlined.

    PSE, as the investor, tried to take into account all feasible comments made by residents and owners. Adjustments were made to the line routing where possible.

  2. Media and information activities

    In 2020, the website with information on investment projects and investors (TSOs in Poland and Lithuania), as well as a contact form and a special hotline number. The hotline is available daily on weekdays, allowing interested parties to obtain detailed information about the project. In addition, national and local newspapers feature press releases on the progress of the investment project. A brochure about Harmony Link was also prepared for the outreach actions. Folders were given to the commune representatives, and then also to residents and real property owners along the line route.
Offshore Wind Farm power output system project
PSE is preparing to carry out projects related to power output from planned offshore wind farms (OWF) in the Baltic Sea. OWFs will be the main element of Poland's energy transformation. Their capacity was estimated in the draft Polish Energy Policy until 2040 at about 8 GW. That is nearly 20 percent of the nation's total installed capacity.

OWFs will be of great importance for the national power system, but require a significant strengthening of the transmission network in the Pomerania region. Therefore, PSE has prepared feasibility studies for a number of investment projects that will enable safe and efficient power output from wind turbines to every corner of Poland. These investment projects will also improve the energy security of the Pomeranian voivodeship and make it the largest supplier of renewable energy in the country.

  1. Meetings with authorities and commune councils

    Launched in January 2020, the information and consultation process for investment projects related to power output from Offshore Wind Farms is conducted as dialog with local authorities and local communities. By mid-June 2021, 230 meetings were held, including 90 with representatives of communes and various institutions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings were conducted as a teleconference. Whenever possible, however, PSE representatives met directly with village leaders, mayors, commune councils, and representatives of districts and offices covering the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

    Part of the planned lines will run through forest areas managed by the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Gdansk. The investor made sure that in the early stages of works on the target line vectors, ongoing arrangements were made at both regional and local levels, working with each of the 5 forest districts covered by the project range.

  2. Meetings with residents

    Information activities addressed to residents were conducted primarily through information points, where representatives of the investor, including design engineers, answered individual questions and presented preferred routes of the planned lines. During 40 meetings with real property owners and residents of the villages covered by the investment projects, comments were collected on the presented routes, which after the completion of the consultation process will undergo a thorough analysis to determine the target vectors of the lines.

  3. Media activitiese

    Information about the activities appeared in local, regional and national media. In June 2021, a press meeting was organized in Gdansk addressed to representatives of the editorial offices from the Pomeranian Voivodeship. At the meeting, the planned investment projects were presented and details of activities, including an information process addressed to residents, were given. Publications appeared, among others, in "Dziennik Bałtycki", on the websites: and, on the Kaszebe radio and on TTM TV.

  4. Outreach activities

    In order to inform the public, the website, a contact form and an information hotline were launched. Informational flyers and brochures describing the investment process were also printed.

  5. WzMOCnij swoje otoczenie (EmPOWER Your Environment)

    Due to the large scale of the project in Pomerania on the one hand, and the fact that in many of these areas PSE is a new, as yet unknown investor, Pomeranian communes and counties have been invited to join the "WzMOCnij swoje otoczenie" (EmPOWER Your Environment) grant program in 2021. A total of 28 communes and counties with planned investment projects related to the Offshore Wind Farms and Harmony Link can apply for grants to implement community projects that will improve the quality of life and safety of local communities.

    Through the "WzMOCnij Swoje Otoczenie (EmPOWER Your Environment) program, PSE equips local governments and non-profit organizations with tools that help them fulfill an important public mission and advocate for residents.
Construction of the 400 kV Dunowo-Żydowo Kierzkowo-Piła Krzewina line
The currently existing single-circuit overhead 220 kV Dunowo-Żydowo-Piła Krzewina power line, built in the 1960s and 1970s, is an important component of the national power system. The investment project concerns the construction of a new 400 kV overhead double-circuit power line on the Dunowo-Żydowo Kierzkowo-Piła Krzewina route. The new line will eventually replace the 220 kV line entirely. Its length is to be approx. 171 km (the Dunowo-Żydowo Kierzkowo section is 53.12 km, while the Żydowo Kierzkowo-Piła Krzewina section is 118.18 km in length). The investment project assumes connecting the network under construction to the retrofitted Dunowo substation, the newly built Żydowo Kierzkowo substation and the retrofitted Piła Krzewina substation.

The construction of the 400 kV Dunowo-Żydowo Kierzkowo-Piła Krzewina line is an element of the project of creating transmission system for the purpose of synchronization of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems (Harmony Link).

  1. Meetings with authorities and commune councils

    The information and consultation process intended to residents and local commune governments along the designed line route began in 2019. In total, more than 80 meetings were organized, which provided an opportunity to learn about the proposed line route.

    The first meeting was addressed to local government authorities, mayors and village leaders as the hosts of the given area. The final stage was the presentation of the designed line route during the sessions of the municipal councils, the meetings of the competent commissions and the meetings with the groups of councilmen. Due to the epidemic situation, depending on the expectations of local authorities, meetings were held in both traditional and on-line formats.

    Investor representatives visited a total of 13 communes. The subject of talks with local governments included the purpose of the investment project, proposed line route, environmental impact, technical aspects and benefits. Working contacts - face-to-face, by phone and correspondence - are continued throughout the investment project duration as needed.

    Meetings with representatives of the State Forests were an important part of the consultation. The new line route concept assumes that approximately 30 percent of its length will run through areas under the management of the State Forests. The route design has been presented to the Regional Directorates of State Forests in Piła and Szczecinek, as well as to the heads of all forest districts the areas of which are to be crossed by the line. The comments collected during the meetings were taken into consideration by the line design engineers.

  2. Meetings with real property owners and residents

    As part of the activities conducted in 2021, approximately 20 meetings were held with real property owners along the planned line route and commune residents. Epidemic restrictions prevented meetings in a larger group. For this reason, the consultations took the form of many hours of duty meetings in individual villages. PSE employees were present at the site to provide information on all aspects of the project and design engineers presented the planned line route.

  3. Media activities

    Information about the investment project appeared in local printed media, on social media, and on individual commune websites.
Impact on local communitiese
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Standards and regulations in the area of network assets

The social and environmental impact of our company's activities is particularly important in the construction of new overhead lines. Implementation of investment projects is based on the latest European standards PN-EN 50341 for the design of overhead power lines. We comply with all applicable national regulations on environmental protection, planning and zoning, real estate management and construction law and others.
European standards
The standards used for the design and construction of new lines ensure a high level of reliability for the line operation, a high level of public safety, and minimization of the line's nuisance to the surrounding environment. In forested areas, we follow the practice of running line conductors above the forest. Thereby, we restrict tree felling to small areas - only under pole stands.
For construction of each line it is necessary to obtain a decision on environmental constraints, according to which at selected points of the line the wires or poles are marked with elements visible to birds (silhouettes of birds of prey on lightning towers or warning spirals suspended on wires). Under applicable law, obstruction marking of the line as an aviation obstruction is also used.

Devices, instruments and systems installed in the substations also meet the requirements of European standards, which ensures a high level of reliability of their operation. Solutions are also used to reduce the impact of the substation on its surroundings, including the natural environment. Each grid transformer installed is fitted with an oil pit to protect the environment from oil spills in the event of a failure.
Establishment of rights to real property
In order to regulate legal relations regarding transmission facilities between transmission companies and real property owners on which such facilities are located, the concept of "utility easement" was introduced to the Civil Code in 2008. The right of utility easement defines the extent to which a transmission entrepreneur may use someone else's real property on which its transmission facilities, i.e. all structures and systems forming power lines, are located or are to be located. The provisions introduced allow an investor access to the equipment, i.e. poles, conductors and elements of the substation, located on the real property in case of failure, repairs and maintenance.
The utility easement is a limited property right established in the form of a notarial deed. The extent of the easement is registered in the land and mortgage register of the property to be encumbered.
Under the applicable law, compensation is paid to each real property owner for the establishment of the utility easement, as well as compensation for the reduction in the value of the real property.

Before the works begin, we commission valuation reports for each real property involved in the project. The valuation reports are the basis for determining the amount of remuneration and compensation for the land owner. Factors such as the existing value and use of the real property and losses in farmland, crops or harvests caused by the occupation of a portion of the real property by transmission facilities affect the amount of payments. Additional compensation is available for the foundation of a pole. Typically, upon approval and conclusion of a civil contract, owners receive the first installment of compensation. The payment of the second installment is made after the signing of the notarial deed that allows the investor access to the land and the line. Compensation is also granted for damage and loss caused during construction and erection works.

If the landowner does not agree to sign an easement agreement for a public purpose investment project, after the entire negotiation process has been used, a bargaining process is initiated in accordance with the requirements of Article 124 of the Act on management of real property (UGN). However, the administrative procedure is a last resort in the negotiation process. Before it is applied, efforts are made to find a compromise solution.
We do not maintain statistics on the number of easement agreements entered into with real property owners by contractors acting on our behalf. Many thousands of plots are affected annually. We estimate the percentage of concluded contracts at 94-98 percent. The remaining 2-6 percent include administrative decisions issued pursuant to Article 124 of the Act on management of real property
Number of persons physically and economically relocated and compensation for relocation
As early as at the planning stage of the project location we make efforts to minimize interference in the area inhabited by people. Where possible, we consider several investment project location options. We invite representatives of local communities and local authorities to cooperate with us. We strive to ensure that our investments do not involve relocations. There were no cases of relocation in 2020.
Number of people physically or economically relocated and compensations
Number of people physically or economically relocated and compensations by project type
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
0 0 0 2* 0
*As part of the extension of the 400/220/110kV Grudziądz Węgrowo substation in 2017, two people were relocated: a father and daughter who were co-owners of two land plots necessary for the extension of the substation. The repurchase case was finalized in the first quarter of 2017.
Oddziaływanie linii
All electrical equipment generates the electromagnetic field in its vicinity, created by the presence of voltage and by the flow of current. The group of these devices includes the extra high voltage lines. A low-frequency (50 Hz) electromagnetic field is created around the line - the same as that produced by a vacuum cleaner or washing machine, electrical appliances used in every home.

The impact of electromagnetic field and its effect on human health is often discussed. The results of research conducted around the world so far do not confirm the concerns about the negative impact of low-frequency electromagnetic fields on human health and other living organisms, but also do not exclude such an impact. For this reason, in Poland and throughout the European Union, appropriate regulations have been established, specifying the permissible impact of power facilities with a large margin of safety. Our company strictly adheres to these regulations. Before a given facility is commissioned, we perform measurements of electromagnetic fields. Measurement results are verified by environmental protection authorities, which excludes the possibility of non-compliance.

For each implemented investment project, we prepare guides for local communities with reliable information about the investment project and its impact on the environment. The impact of electromagnetic fields is always on the agenda of regional conferences organized by contractors in cooperation with us.
The level of noise emitted depends on the design of the power line and weather conditions (it increases significantly during drizzle and rain, which is beyond our control). Noise from the newly designed lines outside the right-of-way does not exceed environmental limits.

Transformers are the main sources of noise in our substations. We use equipment with a reduced sound power level and modern technological solutions for cooling systems. In special cases, noise barriers are built to reduce noise.
Landscape values
The problem of the window view on the power line, often even quite distant, is one of the main causes of public protests. The goal of each project is to blend the line into the landscape in a way that minimizes negative aesthetic impressions. In principle, we avoid running power lines through areas of special landscape value.
Electric shock or lightning strike
Our extra-high voltage lines are equipped with overhead ground conductors. This means that the threat of lightning strikes is reduced in their vicinity. However, elementary caution is always required in the vicinity of lines - especially when working with farming equipment.
Removal of failures
Due to the lack of legal regulation of utility easement for power lines built in previous years, problems sometimes arise on private land, which make it difficult or even impossible for maintenance crews to enter the real property in question. Obstructing access to a facility prolongs the time required to eliminate a failure or make repairs, which causes problems - especially for local electric customers.

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We evaluate impact of our investment projects on local communities in 100 percent of our investment operations.
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Minimizing the negative social impact of investment projects being implemented

The Feasibility Study phase is intended to conduct a detailed, in-depth analysis of the feasibility of the investment option based on specific studies, in particular on detailed maps showing the line route (including spacing of poles) or the location of the substation in the commune area. This allows to analyze local conditions and identify specific needs of the party in order to minimize negative social impact of investment projects being implemented.

As part of the works, modifications (sub-options) of the preferred option are created based on the suggestions made by the commune authorities. These are subject to further consultation with local communities and, ultimately, to assessment in an environmental decision procedure.
At this stage, it is important to obtain information on:
    • commune development plans in specific districts and localities (source of information: municipal study, Geoportal, key diagram (SUiKZP), local land development plan (MPZP), local development strategies, local government representatives),
    • residents' life plans, building permits and outline planning permissions in specific districts (source of information: local government representatives, opinion leaders),
    • potential problem situations in specific districts (source of information: local government representatives),
    • opinion leaders in specific districts (source of information: local government representatives),
    • the number of real property owners in the area where the investment project will be implemented (source of information: County Offices, land and building records),
    • estimated value of utility easement (source of information: dedicated web portals regarding transaction prices in the commune).
At this stage of works, public consultations on the final form of the investment project are carried out. During the consultation meetings, residents provide their comments and suggestions on the line route, location of poles on the plots, location of the substation, and access roads to the real properties where construction works will be carried out. Suggestions are collected and analyzed by the investor's representatives for possible implementation. The collected information is the basis for the development of investment project variants, which are then evaluated in the environmental decision procedure. Establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders is important at this stage.
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Tab. 2. Our stakeholders and how we engage them
Stakeholders Description Communication tools and techniques*
Direct action
Regulator The President of the ERO is responsible for regulating the energy sector and promoting competition.

Among other things, we agree with the President of URE on the Development Plan in meeting current and future electricity demand and its update.
Face-to-face meetings, professional conferences, PSE impact report presenting financial and non-financial data in an integrated manner, website.
Contractors of investment tasks Third party companies selected through public and non-public tenders. They act for and on behalf of PSE, influence the opinions of local communities and local authorities, and shape the image of our company as an investor. Face-to-face meetings, industry conferences, internal training, efficient communication in investment tasks as part of the Social Communication Programs (brochures, website, press briefings, conferences, films, educational programs, etc.), defining good communication practices and guidelines, and cooperation as part of the sustainable development principles.
Public administration, local authorities Transparent and professional information and education activities as part of public communication influence the building of proper relations Face-to-face meetings, letters of intent, dedicated specialist conferences, company-wide, specialist and investment task folders, expert magazine, PSE impact report presenting financial and non-financial data in an integrated way, website.
Public opinion, local communities A key group from the point of view of conducting infrastructure investments. Convincing its immediate neighbors to accept the investment project and establishing a utility easement are crucial to the completion date of the investment task. Contact with the group allows to gain the most social acceptance or work out a compromise. Media relations, press articles, websites, Twitter, YouTube, PSE, folders, flyers, educational programs for residents of communes where the investment project is planned, meetings held through contractors and directly.
Protest committees, local protest and social actions leaders Local initiatives resulting from public disapproval of a proposed solution and representing the interests of the entire community or a selected group. Formal correspondence, attendance at meetings and during protest actions.
Employees, managerial staff of PSE Capital Group Committed and motivated employees, managers and business ethics are the key to a company's effectiveness. The degree to which employees are informed and their level of job satisfaction are critical to building employee engagement. Code of ethics and conduct in line with the values, intranet, PSE impact report presenting financial and non-financial data in an integrated manner, information leaflets, communication of strategic projects, surveys, communication of implemented changes, face-to-face meetings, team building meetings, company celebrations, “Przesył” magazine, newsletter.
Employees of PSE Capital Group involved in the investment process Committed and motivated employees, managers and business ethics are the key to the company's effectiveness. The degree to which employees are informed and their level of job satisfaction are critical to building employee commitment. In addition to tools intended for all employees, additional tools to support ongoing works include: specialized folders, dedicated training courses, Q&A documents.
Local and regional associations Local and regional non-governmental organizations working for the development of a particular area, such as a commune, village or district. Providing comprehensive and reliable information on the investment project with particular attention to the planned location and line route, as well as the opinions of representatives of local communities - face-to-face meetings, promotional materials (brochures) and a website.
Non-governmental environmental associations and organizationse Local, regional and national non-governmental organizations working for the environmental protection, flora or fauna conservation, or active in the development of environmental initiatives in the areas concerned. Face-to-face meetings with association representatives, provision of informational materials with particular emphasis on environmental aspects and related investor activities.
Business partners Companies working with PSE at the pre-investment stage and performing services on PSE's behalf. Information on security policies, ISO certifications in place and anti-corruption policies provided by employees at meetings with partners and associates.
Indirect action
Media (national, regional, professional) They provide information and shape opinions about investment projects. Press conferences, briefings, workshops for journalists, one-on-one meetings (articles, interviews), Twitter, sponsored articles, newspaper professional supplements, expert magazine, press materials, presentations, website, PSE impact report presenting financial and non-financial data in an integrated manner.
Central administration, parliament Ministries and central offices, members of parliament – especially those involved in parliamentary committees and teams. One-on-one meetings, presentations, brochures, professional and economic conferences, website, PSE impact report presenting financial and non-financial data in an integrated manner, expert magazine.
Contracting parties (generating entities, distributors, trading companies) A group of contractually bound entities cooperating with PSE on a regular basis. One-on-one meetings, professional conferences, workshops, expert magazine, PSE impact report presenting financial and non-financial data in an integrated manner, website.
*In our activities, we attach special importance to building lasting relations and using various methods of dialog with stakeholders.

We communicate with our partners using multiple channels. The frequency of contact depends on PSE needs and inquiries from our stakeholders.
  • 21

    conferences, debates, seminars and professional congresses
    with PSE experts.

  • 25

    new videos
    posted on YouTube. All content published on this platform has reached over 30,000 in watched videos.

  • Around

    on different areas of PSE's operations were published in 2020, of which 99.7% were positive or neutral,

  • Around

    daily reach of approx
    this is how many users received PSE's Twitter posts,

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