Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Economic Instruments, Regulatory Instruments, Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments>Green certificates, Policy Support, Regulatory Instruments>Monitoring, Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements, Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas
Legal References:Legislative decree n. 387 of 29/12/2003 implementing EU Directive 2001/77/EC

At the end of December 2003, legislative decree n. 387 of 29/12/2003 implementing EU Directive 2001/77/EC was approved. The decree, which entered into force on 15 February 2004, sets in 20 articles a national reference framework for the promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) and particularly for their use in micro-generation plants. It sets a timetable for the periodic reporting, review and monitoring - by the Ministry of Productive Activities (MPA) - of progress towards the implementation of the objectives. It also sets for the period 2004-2006 a 0.35% annual rate of increase of the minimum share of electricity produced from RES that should be fed to the national grid, and deadlines for the MPA to plan further increments over the periods 2007-2009 and 2010-2012. Sanctions are established for non-compliance and applied by the Regulatory Authority (AEEG) based on the reports of the Grid manager (GRTN). To assess the exploitable energy potential from biomass, an ad-hoc experts committee is created which should assist in designing appropriate legislation to support this form of energy. A six-month deadline is also set for the adoption of legislation and criteria (minimum requirements, possibility to cumulate incentives, preferential tariffs, capacity targets, use of ?Green certificates") for granting incentives to power produced from solar energy. The decree includes specific provisions to favour hybrid plants (i.e. those producing part of their power from renewables) over conventional fossil fuelled ones in dispatching. A five year program agreement between the MPA and ENEA on RD&D measures to support renewables and energy efficiency is established. Regional targets for renewable-based electricity are encouraged and regional governments can establish their own plans for RES support. Specific articles address the issue of certification of origin for electricity produced from renewables: this certification, which can be requested for plants producing >100MWh/year, is made by the GRTN. Conditions under which the electricity produced can be sold in the power market or purchased by GRTN are indicated. Specific rules are set for the streamlining of authorisation procedures for plants and infrastructure devoted to power production from RES. The decree (art. #17), extends the benefits granted to RES to waste and fuels derived from waste, including the non-biodegradable fraction of urban, agricultural and industrial waste.

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