Country:Italy
Year:2017
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2017
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Energy Efficiency Policy Targets:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Multiple RE Sources, All
Policy Sector:Multi-sectoral Policy
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Climate Change Policy Targets:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico - Ministry of Economic Developnment
URL:http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/testo_della_StrategiaEnergeticaNazionale_2017.pdf
Legal References:Interministerial Decree November 10th, 2017 - National Energy Strategy
Energy Efficiency Description:

The objective of the Strategy is to make the national energy system more competitive, more sustainable, and more secure.

More competitive: which means aligning Italian energy prices with European ones to the benefit of both companies and consumers; opening up new markets to innovative companies; creating new employment opportunities; and fostering research and development.

More sustainable: which means contributing to decarbonisation, in line with the long-term targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; improving energy efficiency, and encouraging energy conservation to mitigate environmental and climate impacts; promoting environmentally conscious lifestyles, from sustainable mobility to wise energy usage; and confirming Italy’s environmental leadership role.

More secure: which means improving the security of energy supply, while ensuring its flexibility; and strengthening Italy’s energy independence.

To reach the objective of the Strategy six priority actions have been established:

RENEWABLES

The target of a 28% share of RES in total energy consumption by 2030 is ambitious but feasible. This RES share will be broken down as follows:

• 55% of RES-E by 2030 (33.5% in 2015)

• 30% of RES-H&C by 2030 (19.2% in 2015)

• 21% of RES-T by 2030 (6.4% in 2015)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The target of the Strategy in this area is to foster low energy-consumption initiatives having the best cost/benefit ratio, so as to achieve 30% of energy savings by 2030 with respect to their trend in 2030, and give impetus to the Italian energy efficiency industry (e.g. construction of energy-efficient buildings and installation of energy-efficient facilities).

DECARBONISATION

The Strategy aims to speed up the decarbonisation of the energy system, starting from the use of coal in power generation, and to progressively introduce measures spanning the entire energy process, thereby achieving significant environmental and health benefits, and contributing to the attainment of European targets. Hence, the Strategy requires a political commitment to phasing out coal-fired thermal power plants by 2021.

ENERGY SECURITY

The Strategy has set the target of providing the power system with innovative instruments and infrastructures, in order to: guarantee its adequacy and capability of meeting security standards; guarantee its flexibility, thanks also to technological breakthroughs, in a context of growing penetration of RES; promote its resilience to extreme weather events and contingencies; and shorten the timescales of and streamline the permitting process and the implementation of projects.

Actions

• launching the capacity market in 2018 to guarantee system adequacy, maintaining the still necessary gas-fired capacity (with priority to flexible capacity), and integrating new resources into the market (cross-border renewable-energy power-generating units, storage systems, active demand side)

• further strengthening interconnections with neighboring countries

• increasing the capacity of storage systems

• implementing grid projects to integrate renewables, and increase the resilience of the system

With the growth of RES, natural gas will continue to play a key role in the energy transition, as it will represent a back-up resource for the power system. However, the gas market will be more uncertain and volatile. Therefore, the Strategy deems it vital to: diversify supply sources, by optimising the use of the existing infrastructures, and develop new connection infrastructures; improve the flexibility of supply sources, by strengthening gas pipelines and the peak-demand security margin; and coordinate national contingency plans, including mutual support between EU countries.

Actions

• promoting the construction of new gas import pipelines by private parties, in accordance with market principles, in order to diversify supply sources and routes

• holding auctions (instead of using tariffs) for LNG regasification services. in order to make the use of Italian gas terminals more attractive

• converting local networks of distribution of LPG and propane-air mixtures in Sardinia to natural gas from regasified LNG; developing them by connecting them incrementally to small-scale LNG storage terminals; and using LNG to implement the first pilot project of Sulphur Emission Controlled Area (SECA) for maritime traffic in Sardinia.

ENERGY MARKETS: ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OIL

The target of narrowing the gap between Italian final electricity prices and European ones will be achieved through the reduction of the average cost of power generation from RES, the convergence of power generation mixes across European countries, the natural-gas cost alignment, the full liberalisation of final markets, and the progressive reduction of system charges

The demand for oil products shrank progressively from 2005 to 2015, leading to the conversion of refineries into biorefineries and storage systems. The target in this area is to decrease primary consumption of oil products by 13.5 Mtoe by 2030 as against its 2015 levels.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION – GOVERNANCE AND REGULATION

Doubling investments in clean-energy research and development: from € 222 million in 2013 to € 444 million in 2021.

Renewable Energy Description:

The objective of the Strategy is to make the national energy system more competitive, more sustainable, and more secure.

More competitive: which means aligning Italian energy prices with European ones to the benefit of both companies and consumers; opening up new markets to innovative companies; creating new employment opportunities; and fostering research and development.

More sustainable: which means contributing to decarbonisation, in line with the long-term targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; improving energy efficiency, and encouraging energy conservation to mitigate environmental and climate impacts; promoting environmentally conscious lifestyles, from sustainable mobility to wise energy usage; and confirming Italy’s environmental leadership role.

More secure: which means improving the security of energy supply, while ensuring its flexibility; and strengthening Italy’s energy independence.

To reach the objective of the Strategy six priority actions have been established:

RENEWABLES

The target of a 28% share of RES in total energy consumption by 2030 is ambitious but feasible. This RES share will be broken down as follows:

• 55% of RES-E by 2030 (33.5% in 2015)

• 30% of RES-H&C by 2030 (19.2% in 2015)

• 21% of RES-T by 2030 (6.4% in 2015)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The target of the Strategy in this area is to foster low energy-consumption initiatives having the best cost/benefit ratio, so as to achieve 30% of energy savings by 2030 with respect to their trend in 2030, and give impetus to the Italian energy efficiency industry (e.g. construction of energy-efficient buildings and installation of energy-efficient facilities).

DECARBONISATION

The Strategy aims to speed up the decarbonisation of the energy system, starting from the use of coal in power generation, and to progressively introduce measures spanning the entire energy process, thereby achieving significant environmental and health benefits, and contributing to the attainment of European targets. Hence, the Strategy requires a political commitment to phasing out coal-fired thermal power plants by 2021.

ENERGY SECURITY

The Strategy has set the target of providing the power system with innovative instruments and infrastructures, in order to: guarantee its adequacy and capability of meeting security standards; guarantee its flexibility, thanks also to technological breakthroughs, in a context of growing penetration of RES; promote its resilience to extreme weather events and contingencies; and shorten the timescales of and streamline the permitting process and the implementation of projects.

Actions

• launching the capacity market in 2018 to guarantee system adequacy, maintaining the still necessary gas-fired capacity (with priority to flexible capacity), and integrating new resources into the market (cross-border renewable-energy power-generating units, storage systems, active demand side)

• further strengthening interconnections with neighboring countries

• increasing the capacity of storage systems

• implementing grid projects to integrate renewables, and increase the resilience of the system

With the growth of RES, natural gas will continue to play a key role in the energy transition, as it will represent a back-up resource for the power system. However, the gas market will be more uncertain and volatile. Therefore, the Strategy deems it vital to: diversify supply sources, by optimising the use of the existing infrastructures, and develop new connection infrastructures; improve the flexibility of supply sources, by strengthening gas pipelines and the peak-demand security margin; and coordinate national contingency plans, including mutual support between EU countries.

Actions

• promoting the construction of new gas import pipelines by private parties, in accordance with market principles, in order to diversify supply sources and routes

• holding auctions (instead of using tariffs) for LNG regasification services. in order to make the use of Italian gas terminals more attractive

• converting local networks of distribution of LPG and propane-air mixtures in Sardinia to natural gas from regasified LNG; developing them by connecting them incrementally to small-scale LNG storage terminals; and using LNG to implement the first pilot project of Sulphur Emission Controlled Area (SECA) for maritime traffic in Sardinia.

ENERGY MARKETS: ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OIL

The target of narrowing the gap between Italian final electricity prices and European ones will be achieved through the reduction of the average cost of power generation from RES, the convergence of power generation mixes across European countries, the natural-gas cost alignment, the full liberalisation of final markets, and the progressive reduction of system charges

The demand for oil products shrank progressively from 2005 to 2015, leading to the conversion of refineries into biorefineries and storage systems. The target in this area is to decrease primary consumption of oil products by 13.5 Mtoe by 2030 as against its 2015 levels.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION – GOVERNANCE AND REGULATION

Doubling investments in clean-energy research and development: from € 222 million in 2013 to € 444 million in 2021.

Climate Change Description:

The objective of the Strategy is to make the national energy system more competitive, more sustainable, and more secure.

More competitive: which means aligning Italian energy prices with European ones to the benefit of both companies and consumers; opening up new markets to innovative companies; creating new employment opportunities; and fostering research and development.

More sustainable: which means contributing to decarbonisation, in line with the long-term targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; improving energy efficiency, and encouraging energy conservation to mitigate environmental and climate impacts; promoting environmentally conscious lifestyles, from sustainable mobility to wise energy usage; and confirming Italy’s environmental leadership role.

More secure: which means improving the security of energy supply, while ensuring its flexibility; and strengthening Italy’s energy independence.

To reach the objective of the Strategy six priority actions have been established:

RENEWABLES

The target of a 28% share of RES in total energy consumption by 2030 is ambitious but feasible. This RES share will be broken down as follows:

• 55% of RES-E by 2030 (33.5% in 2015)

• 30% of RES-H&C by 2030 (19.2% in 2015)

• 21% of RES-T by 2030 (6.4% in 2015)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The target of the Strategy in this area is to foster low energy-consumption initiatives having the best cost/benefit ratio, so as to achieve 30% of energy savings by 2030 with respect to their trend in 2030, and give impetus to the Italian energy efficiency industry (e.g. construction of energy-efficient buildings and installation of energy-efficient facilities).

DECARBONISATION

The Strategy aims to speed up the decarbonisation of the energy system, starting from the use of coal in power generation, and to progressively introduce measures spanning the entire energy process, thereby achieving significant environmental and health benefits, and contributing to the attainment of European targets. Hence, the Strategy requires a political commitment to phasing out coal-fired thermal power plants by 2021.

ENERGY SECURITY

The Strategy has set the target of providing the power system with innovative instruments and infrastructures, in order to: guarantee its adequacy and capability of meeting security standards; guarantee its flexibility, thanks also to technological breakthroughs, in a context of growing penetration of RES; promote its resilience to extreme weather events and contingencies; and shorten the timescales of and streamline the permitting process and the implementation of projects.

 

Actions

• launching the capacity market in 2018 to guarantee system adequacy, maintaining the still necessary gas-fired capacity (with priority to flexible capacity), and integrating new resources into the market (cross-border renewable-energy power-generating units, storage systems, active demand side)

• further strengthening interconnections with neighboring countries

• increasing the capacity of storage systems

• implementing grid projects to integrate renewables, and increase the resilience of the system

With the growth of RES, natural gas will continue to play a key role in the energy transition, as it will represent a back-up resource for the power system. However, the gas market will be more uncertain and volatile. Therefore, the Strategy deems it vital to: diversify supply sources, by optimising the use of the existing infrastructures, and develop new connection infrastructures; improve the flexibility of supply sources, by strengthening gas pipelines and the peak-demand security margin; and coordinate national contingency plans, including mutual support between EU countries.

Actions

• promoting the construction of new gas import pipelines by private parties, in accordance with market principles, in order to diversify supply sources and routes

• holding auctions (instead of using tariffs) for LNG regasification services. in order to make the use of Italian gas terminals more attractive

• converting local networks of distribution of LPG and propane-air mixtures in Sardinia to natural gas from regasified LNG; developing them by connecting them incrementally to small-scale LNG storage terminals; and using LNG to implement the first pilot project of Sulphur Emission Controlled Area (SECA) for maritime traffic in Sardinia.

ENERGY MARKETS: ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OIL

The target of narrowing the gap between Italian final electricity prices and European ones will be achieved through the reduction of the average cost of power generation from RES, the convergence of power generation mixes across European countries, the natural-gas cost alignment, the full liberalisation of final markets, and the progressive reduction of system charges

The demand for oil products shrank progressively from 2005 to 2015, leading to the conversion of refineries into biorefineries and storage systems. The target in this area is to decrease primary consumption of oil products by 13.5 Mtoe by 2030 as against its 2015 levels.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION – GOVERNANCE AND REGULATION

Doubling investments in clean-energy research and development: from € 222 million in 2013 to € 444 million in 2021.

This record supersedes:National Energy Strategy 2013

Last modified: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:47:00 CEST