Italian wind lobby fights new administrative wind charges

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Associazione Nazionale Energia del Vento (ANEV), Italy's wind energy association, says that a recent regulation (Delibera 34) from the country's energy authority penalises renewable energy producers by requiring them to make extortionate payments to the grid operator for administrative and contract management costs. "These did not exist before but were introduced with this law," says Simone Togni of ANEV. Protests by ANEV led the regulator to tone down the original version of the rules, which set these payments at a total of 1% of the value of energy fed into the grid and with no upper ceiling. The revised version still sets the payments as a percentage of revenues, but establishes a top limit of EUR 7000. ANEV argues that these are fixed costs which Togni quantifies at no more than "a few hundred euros."

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