Renewables, that’s why companies scramble the government decree

Renewables, that's why companies scramble the government decree

All the criticisms of companies active in renewable energy on the energy decree approved by the government

It is inexplicable, he added, the fact "that the Government has focused exclusively on a single energy sector, that of renewables, which on the contrary is the only one able to offer a solution to the energy crisis caused by the increase in the price of gas. ".

Word of Agostino Re Rebaudengo, president of Elettricità Futura, the association that gathers all producers of electricity from renewable sources: "If the new measures announced by the government for expensive energy were to be confirmed, it would mean giving a severe blow to the electricity sector. renewables and the path to decarbonization ”, he told Sole 24 Ore .


The text – concludes the Confindustria newspaper – “refers to photovoltaics with incentives from Conto Energia and contracts for hydroelectric, solar, wind and geothermal, but excluding green certificates (tariff incentive for difference). Not only that: the closing paragraph of article 15 of the decree launched yesterday also excludes contracts concluded before the launch of the provision and that they were stipulated at a fixed price lower than 10% compared to a reference price used to calculate extra-profits (which is, moreover, a recurring calculation method, which goes back to the average of the energy sales prices since a plant came into operation) ".



Businesses in the sector are in turmoil after the decision of the Council of Ministers. The National Wind Energy Association (ANEV), which brings together the operators of the Italian wind power chain, protests against the government's decision to cut the revenues of energy producers from renewable sources.


Yesterday the Council of Ministers approved a decree on the prices of electricity and gas bills, which also increased in the first quarter of 2022 mainly due to the high prices – for several months now – of natural gas, the most used fuel for electricity generation.

The draft of the decree, as reported by Energia Oltre , introduces a "compensation mechanism" on the price of energy produced by renewable plants, with the aim of reducing the system charges present in the bill. The mechanism will be active from 1 February to 31 December 2022.

High energy prices are not only a problem for families but also for businesses, especially energy-intensive ones, which are seeing production costs increase significantly.


In the press release, ANEV writes that "this situation of soaring energy costs is […] caused by the growing cost of producing energy from fossil sources, in particular from gas, while renewable sources by their nature have a fixed cost of production, not burning fuel ".

The association thinks that the government, rather than cut the remuneration of renewable energy producers, "should have intervened both in past years through the promised and not implemented energy transition, and through adequate supply systems for the necessary resources". And he complains about the delays in the authorization procedures for energy plants, "blocked" – he writes – "by the Superintendencies".

“To the damage of not hitting those who are the cause of the increase in prices, that is fossils”, ANEV continues, “add the insult that instead it is precisely those who are affected who contribute to reducing these costs; in fact, renewables, and wind power in particular, have for some years been able to produce electricity at lower costs than those of fossils, and in this way are bringing down the cost of electricity in our country ".

According to the association, the proposal to penalize renewables and not gas due to the energy price crisis "is as if to combat COVID-19 it was decided to hit vaccines, masks and hospitals".


ANEV proposes to the government to focus on renewable sources "without delay" and to "discourage the use of fossil sources by cutting the huge subsidies recognized to them".

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:51:51 +0000.