New procedures for the transmission and offtake of wind and other renewable energy sources in Italy came into effect at the beginning of January. A key change is that the Gestore del Sistema Elettrica, a state-controlled agency responsible for promoting renewable energy, now has sole responsibility for purchasing electricity generated by renewables plant, a role previously filled by a number of utilities. In addition, a minimum guaranteed remuneration for small-scale renewable energy plants up to 1 MW in capacity has been introduced. The energy regulator, L'Autorità per l'Energia Elettrica e il Gas, approved the new procedures in November with the aim of simplifying the system.
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