Windpower Monthly rating 2.5/5

Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.

Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.

Approved in late 2017, Italy’s Strategia Energetica Nazionale (SEN) aims to boost renewables’ share of electricity generation from 33.5% in 2015 to 55% by 2030. Wind power production is scheduled to more than double — from 15TWh in 2015 to 40TWh by 2030.

The energy plan highlights the importance of repowering a substantial amount of Italy’s ageing wind fleet and the need to simplify the authorisation process. Investors have been encouraged by the new energy strategy but are still seeking concrete measure to support the plan’s objectives, particularly with regard to legislation for forthcoming competitive auctions and specific policy action on streamlining the planning and permitting procedures.

Italy is no longer widely open to new onshore projects in those areas that offer a potential. Often, the areas that still offer the possibility to build (sufficient hours of wind and friendly environment) have a lack of connection capacity because all developments concentrate there.

Its first offshore project, a 30MW development at Taranto harbour, is now under construction.

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Italy In-Depth

Market Status: Italy - Auction process needs clarifying

Market Status: Italy - Auction process needs clarifying

ITALY The country is expected to install 300-400MW of new wind capacity in 2015 as a number of projects assigned a feed-in-tariff (FIT) through the auction process in recent years finally reach the construction stage.

Enel Green Power: Balancing the portfolio

Enel Green Power: Balancing the portfolio

WORLDWIDE: Enel Green Power is diversifying both geographically and in the renewables technologies it deploys, but the lion's share of the Italian firm's sizeable pipeline remains in wind power.

Italy - Repowering projects provide main hope

ITALY: Italy is likely to install about 400MW of new capacity this year, broadly in line with 2013 but well below the roughly 1GW annual growth in 2010-2012.

Italy - Depression expected as market policy tightens

Italy - Depression expected as market policy tightens

ITALY: Italy's wind energy sector is expected to slam on the brakes in 2013, after a less generous and more stringent market framework went into effect on 1 January.

Developers shift focus to northern and eastern Europe

Developers shift focus to northern and eastern Europe

EUROPE: Wind power developers in Europe are looking northwards and increasingly exploring the east when choosing sites for future wind farms, while southern Europe is off the radar of most market participants.

Latest Italy News

Enel plans 5.7GW wind capacity boost by 2022

Italian utility Enel has announced plans to invest €11.5 billion over the next three years to grow its renewable capacity by 14.1GW, including 5.7GW of wind.

Oil and gas contractor exploring kite wind potential

Oil and gas company Saipem has signed an agreement with KiteGen Venture to develop and commercialise technology capable of producing electricity from high-altitude wind.

Enel launches €1 billion green bond

Enel has launched a €1 billion green bond to finance clean energy projects including development of renewable energy projects, smart grid technology and demand response initiatives.

Enel plans 6.1GW of new wind capacity by 2021

ITALY: Utility Enel announced plans to invest €10.6 billion over the next three years in 11.6GW of new renewable energy capacity, including 6.1GW of wind, while closing 7GW in thermal power plants.

Clean energy 'main driver' of Enel's earnings

ITALY: Renewable energy was the main driver behind Enel's growth in operating profit, the power firm stated, and was its largest recipient of investment in the first nine months of the year.

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