Italian offshore wind association launched

A trade association for offshore wind and other offshore renewable energy sources called the L’Associazione delle Energie Rinnovabili Offshore (AERO) has been set up in Italy.

AERO is headquartered in Rome and counts companies Acciona Energia, Agnes, BayWa r.e. Progetti, BlueFloat Energy Holdings Italia, Fred Olsen Renewables Italy, Galileo Green Energy, Renantis Italia, Repower Wind Offshore, Saipem and Tozzi Green among its founding members.

Fulvio Mamone Capri, the former head of the Italian bird protection association LIPU, is AERO’s first president.

AERO said it aims to promote the develop of offshore wind and other offshore renewable energy sources, including floating photovoltaic and tidal wave energy.

The trade body said it will contribute to “the definition of a clear, stable and transparent regulatory framework that helps the sector to grow not only in terms of installed capacity but also in the establishment of an Italian supply chain that contributes to the country’s economic growth through the creation of jobs and wealth”.

The launch of AERO is a sign of the growing interest in developing projects off the country’s coasts.

Italian developer Renexia last year commissioned the 30MW fixed-bottom wind farm Beleolico in the port of Taranto, Italy’s only operational offshore wind farm.

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