ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

In Italy, support schemes for RES-E are managed by Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE – Manager of Electricity Services). Electricity from renewable sources is mostly promoted through a combination of premium tariffs, feed-in tariffs and tender schemes. Tax regulation mechanisms are in place for investment in RES-E plants. Furthermore, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE – Manager of Electricity Services) shall manage the sale of renewable energy on request, and interested parties can make use of net-metering. ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

Grid operators are obliged to give priority access to renewable energy plants. They are also obliged to give priority dispatch to electricity from renewable sources. Plant operators can request the grid operator to expand the grid if the connection of a plant requires this expansion.

A tax regulation system is currently in place for the promotion of RES-H, in addition, loans are also provided for the years 2012, 2013, 2014, for new installations. District heating and cooling networks are managed at local level. A price based mechanism has also been made available for the support of RES-H installations. ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

Biofuels can benefit from a quota system, which is the main tool through which the 10% goal of biofuels in consumption is to be reached by 2020.

Training programmes are being developed at regional level, where they should be in place by to be implemented until 31 December 2012. Certification of installed plants is obligatory. All new or refurbished buildings must integrate RES, with an additional 10 % to the obligation level for public buildings. A guarantee fund is in place for supporting district heating network development. In addition, loans can also be used for supporting investment in district heating infrastructure.

ELECTRICITY

Support schemes

In Italy, electricity generated from renewable energy sources is promoted through a number of feed-in and premium tariffs and a tendering system. Depending on the source and the size, RES-E plant operators may be obliged to opt for a certain system or may choose between the available ones. Electricity may be sold on the free market or through “ritiro dedicato” (purchase by Gestore dei Servizi Elettrici at a guaranteed price). Under certain conditions, electricity producers can make use of “scambio sul posto” (net-metering). ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

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Grid issues

In Italy, grid operators are obliged to give priority access to renewable energy plants in the operation of their grids. They are also obliged to give priority dispatch to electricity from renewable sources. Plant operators may request their grid operator to expand the grid if the connection of a plant requires this expansion. ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

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Policies

In Italy, training programmes are developed at regional level. Certification of installed plants is obligatory. All new or refurbished buildings must integrate RES, with an additional 10 % to the obligation level for public buildings. A guarantee fund is in place for supporting district heating network development. In addition, a loan can also be used for supporting investment in district heating infrastructure.

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HEATING AND COOLING

Support schemes

A price-based scheme (Conto Termico) is in place in Italy for small RES-H sources. Heat pumps (aerothermal, geothermal, hydrothermal), biomass and solar thermal are eligible technologies and the incentive is granted for a period varying between 2 and 5 years. Furthermore, a tax regulation system is currently in place for the promotion of RES-H and a loan is provided for the years 2012, 2013, 2014, for new installations. ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

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Grid issues

In Italy, district heating and cooling networks are managed at local level. National legislation provides only the framework legislation. DL 28/11, Art. 22, c. 3 provides an obligation for all municipalities above 50,000 inhabitants to establish, in cooperation with provincial authorities and coherently with the regional energy plans, development plans for district heating and cooling with the aim to increase usage of the energy produced also from RES. Municipalities below 50,000 inhabitants can also develop such plans, however there is no obligation in place.

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Policies

In Italy, training programmes are developed at regional level. Certification of installed plants is obligatory. All new or refurbished buildings must integrate RES, with an additional 10 % to the obligation level for public buildings. A guarantee fund is in place for supporting district heating network development. In addition, a loan can also be used for supporting investment in district heating infrastructure. ITALY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

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TRANSPORT – MOBILITY

Support schemes

A quota system for biofuels is currently in place in Italy. This system is the main tool through which the 10% goal of biofuels in consumption is to be reached by 2020.

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Further information

  • Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare – Ministry of Environment
  • +39 065 72 21
  • website
  • URP(at)minambiente.it
  • Federazione Italiani Produttori di Energia da Fonti Rinnovabili (Fiper) – Italian Producer of Renewable Energy Federation
  • +39 034 270 62 78
  • website
  • info(at)fiper.it