Snapshot of renewable energy in Italy: latest report


About 12.5 million Euros of incentives were granted to renewable energy generation in Italy last year, according to a report by GSE, the state-owned company that manages renewables’ support in the country. In total, 2,990 plants (265 MW) started operations in 2017: 79% generating wind power, 11% hydro and 9% bioenergy. These new installations were in large part related to non-solar incentives decided by the government in 2016, the first support scheme adopted since 2013. Another 1,099 MW (76% wind) are expected to come online in the near future.

Further Information:
Full report in Italian is available online.

As regards incentives decided in 2012, 250 MW went online in 2017 out of a total of 1,712 MW (1,205 MW from wind).

With regard to solar, the report says that 549,114 installations feeding energy into the grid (17,502 MW) were granted incentives in 2017 for a total of 6.4 billion euros, some 400 million more than in 2016.

For the fourth year, over 17% of Italy’s final energy consumption was met with renewables. In the electricity sector, renewables accounted for 34% of the total, almost 5% more than the European average.

According to GSE’s estimates, the sector employs permanently 38,000 people in the operation and maintenance of renewable electricity plants and about 34,000 in renewable heat. Temporary jobs in 2017 were estimated at 16,000 for electricity and 31,000 for renewable heat.

In November the Italian government adopted the new national energy strategy, with a target of 28% renewables in final energy consumption by 2030.

Claudia Delpero

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