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 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.

Italian firm buys 51% of Romanian servicing

ROMANIA: Italian clean energy group PLC will acquire a majority stake in the operations and maintenance (O&M) arm of Romanian renewables and water company Monsson Group.

Eni targets 1GW of renewables by 2021

ITALY: Oil and gas giant Eni aims to install 1GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2021, rising to 5GW by 2025.

Veteran steering O&M drive in recovering market

ITALY: As managing director of Nordex Italy for ten years, and general manager of Vestas Italy for eight years before that, Francesco Paolo Liuzzi has seen Italy's wind energy sector grow from infancy to maturity, with capacity expanding from a few hundred megawatts to its current level of about 9.5GW.

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