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According to the recommendations of the United Nations and the European Union, in the coming years the electricity system should be sustainable, decarbonised and characterised by a predominance of renewable sources.

  • Recommendations of the United Nations. The Paris Climate Agreement defined during COP21 in December 2015 reinforced the focus towards renewable energy sources in order to limit global warming. 
  • EU Energy Guidelines. The European Union has committed to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, setting a target for renewable energy sources to represent at least 27% of total generation. The Clean Energy Package (“Clean Energy for All Europeans”) presented by the European Commission at the end of 2016 aims to prioritise energy efficiency, attain world leadership in renewable energy and ensure a secure supply of electricity. 
  • Recommendations of the National Energy Strategy (SEN) 2017. Adopted on 10 November 2017, the new National Energy Strategy envisages a target for renewable sources of 28% of total energy usage by 2030, equating to 55% in the electricity sector. The National Energy Strategy also defines the complete phase-out of coal by 2025, accelerating the decommission of coal-fired power stations by this date. Significant international interconnections and storage capacities of 5 GW are also envisaged, aimed at storing intermittent production, reducing plant downtime.

 

In this context, the role of electricity grids is even more central and strategic than in the past. This is confirmed by the $ 6,700 billion of investment envisaged by the International Energy Agency for the electricity sector until 2025, relating mainly to electricity generation from renewable sources and grid infrastructure: in practice, every Euro invested in the development of renewable energy corresponds to around one Euro invested in the electricity grids. The industry will be characterised by increasingly rapid technological evolution which will entail a reduction in costs, an improvement in performance of renewable production sources and storage systems and the introduction of more efficient systems, technologies and solutions.

We are ready to meet the challenge with our investment plan, aimed at developing the Italian national grid and international interconnections, fully integrating energy from renewable sources and improving efficiency, service quality and system stability through innovative solutions and digitalisation projects.