Historically, renewable energies, especially hydro and geothermal energy, have played an important role in Italy’s energy mix. Since 2008, wind and photovoltaic power have entered a phase of rapid development thanks to a very favourable regulatory framework. By the end of 2017, installed capacity was 9.8 GW for wind and 19.7 GW for photovoltaic, and renewable energy production, including biomass, accounted for 36.7% of national energy production during that year.
The new Directive on Renewables (REN II), effective since January 2019, has increased the target to 2030 for the share of renewables of the EU total energy demand from 27% to 32%.Accordingly, Italy has worked out a National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate (PNIEC) which set at 55% the share of renewables in the electricity demand. This objective,……, should increase the wind capacity in operation by 2030 from the current 10 GW to 18 GW and the solar capacity from 20 GW to 53 GW.”
The EDF Group has had a presence in Italy’s renewable sector since 2001, initially through the company SIIF Servizi. In April 2007, SIIF Servizi became EDF Renewables Italia, a holding company for all the companies taking part in the project and currently one of the main operators in the sectors.
Towards the end of 2004, EDF Renewables Italia’s first wind plant, with a nominal power of 22.1MW, was commissioned in Sardinia. The system was carried out as a Joint Venture. In the following years, EDF Renewables Italia’s wind activities expanded. Towards the end of 2007, the company had 3 wind plants in operation (with a gross power of 165 MW) and 2 wind systems under construction (with a gross power of 102 MW).
Activities in the photovoltaic sector started in 2007, when the first 0.9 MW system started operating in Umbria. The system was installed on top of the shelter of a car park on an industrial site.
Between 2010 and 2012, EDF Renewables Italia significant growth in both the wind and photovoltaic sectors. The total installed power went from 158 MW at the end of 2009 to 444 MW by the end of 2012.
Towards the end of 2014, EDF Renewables Italia contributed with two of its wind farms, for a total power of 108MW, to the creation of a new entity called E2i Energie Speciali, also owned by Edison and the F2i investment fund.
Since then, the EDF Renewables Group has also been present in Italy in the wind O&M sector through its subsidiary EDF EN Services Italia.
EDF Renewables Italia is currently present in 9 regions and operates 8 wind farms, 5 of which are run under a Joint Venture, with a total gross installed capacity of 384 MW (265 MW net) and 57 solar systems with a gross installed capacity of around 77 MW (74 MW net).
76.8 MW - 57 Plants
384.4 MW - 8 Plants
N.B. situation up to date as at 31/12/2018
In 2017, EDF Renewables acquired the company Futuren, which operates two wind plants with a gross installed capacity of 40 MW.