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Why GSE should reduce instead of revoke incentives for PV plants
Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale
  • Italy
  • 21 October 2019

According to a recent Lazio Regional Administrative Court ruling, before reaching a decision on the revocation of incentives, the Energy Services Operator must confirm whether the renewables exception set out in Article 42(3) of Legislative Decree 28/2011 applies (ie, the plant in question must have received incentives when the violation was verified) and assess the size of the reduction with regard to the extent of the violation detected.

Use of corporate power purchase agreements
Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale
  • Italy
  • 17 June 2019

The use of corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) looks set to increase in Italy. Corporate PPAs are contracts between buyers and power producers to purchase electricity at a pre-agreed price for a pre-agreed period. As the market for the development of subsidy-free renewable energy projects grows, corporate PPAs are expected to become a common part of the energy and sustainability strategies of Italian corporates.

Fine line between financial initiatives in PV greenhouses and genuine agricultural projects
Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale
  • Italy
  • 15 April 2019

The Regional Administrative Court of Sardinia recently annulled the regional authority's decision to revoke authorisation for the construction and operation of a photovoltaic (PV) plant on the rooftops of agricultural greenhouses following its alleged loss of status as an agricultural company. The decision confirms that the lack of qualification as a professional agricultural entrepreneur should not jeopardise the right to operate PV plants and receive incentive tariffs on the production of renewable energy.

Repowering – getting more energy from existing assets
Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale
  • Italy
  • 06 August 2018

Repowering is the process of replacing an energy plant's original components with new ones and reconfiguring the layout in order to boost the plant's yield. Given that the regulatory framework in this regard is ambiguous, repowering works are innovative and the case law on such matters contains gaps, energy producers seeking to repower their plants are advised not to start the simplified deemed-consent procedure without obtaining prior clearance from the competent authorities.

How to manage risks in photovoltaic plant acquisitions
Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale
  • Italy
  • 21 May 2018

Even after the retrospective cut in renewable energy incentives in Italy, the acquisition of operating solar photovoltaic (PV) plants under the right conditions still provides strong financial returns to investors. Nonetheless, irrespective of a project's financing structure or size, there are risks associated with such transactions which buyers should be aware of during the due diligence process.

National authorisation guidelines to boost solar power
  • Italy
  • 15 November 2010

In spite of the overall economic climate, the renewable energy sector shows promising signs of improvement. Long-awaited national guidelines on authorisation for renewable energy plants, as well as new classifications for photovoltaic plants, will be crucial to the future development of the sector.

Draft changes to incentives for solar power generation
  • Italy
  • 04 May 2010

The Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Environment have prepared a draft decree to amend the system of incentives for photovoltaic solar power generation. The main concern for entities working in the sector is the overall reduction in incentive tariffs. However, the framework for investment is still advantageous.

Regulations and incentives for renewable energy
  • Italy
  • 22 February 2010

In addition to the general liberalization of electricity generation in Italy over the past decade, further liberalizing incentives apply to generation from renewable sources. A streamlined application system applies for authorization to establish and manage new renewable energy plants.

Gas Operators Free to Sell to End Consumers
  • Italy
  • 15 July 2002

From January 1 2003 all gas producers, importers, distributors and wholesalers will be free to execute supply agreements with end consumers, as long as they meet certain specified criteria. The step is intended to further the liberalization of Italy's gas market.

Accelerated Authorization Process for Power Plant Works
  • Italy
  • 07 May 2002

Until recently, the construction of new power plants and the repowering of existing plants were subject to a lengthy and complicated bureaucratic process. However, a new law enables power projects to progress swiftly through a simplified authorization process.

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  • Milan
  • Italy
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  • Milan
  • Italy