The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Regional affairs has released details of the final draft of its Conto Energia V. This latest version differs from the previous with the introduction of a six-month register for PV plants over 12kW and two new taxes.
Energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE) would charge PV installation owners between €2 and €5 per kW, depending on its size upon registration. The second tax requires imminent and current owners to pay €0.001 per kWh produced. According to Photon, with Italy’s current 13GW of installed power and an annual output of 1,300kWh, the second tax would generate an annual income of €17 million for the GSE. However, with electricity demand in Italy apparently falling, this could now be quite a generous estimate.
The government insists that the Conto Energia V lays the groundwork for the sustainable and balanced development of renewable energy, adapting to trends in market. The Italian administration claims this will ensure the completion of EU targets for 2020 whilst stabilizing the impact of incentives on a household’s energy bills.
The government states, “These two decrees will introduce a modern system of incentives. Renewable energy remains a key pillar of our strategy and this is essential to support it effectively, favouring green sources that can develop a national industrial and manufacturing sector. We will also put a halt to the growth of energy costs for citizens and businesses. The economic and environmental sustainability are the two pillars on which the government intends to base the new national energy strategy being prepared.”
The draft has been submitted to the State-Regions Conference, although a date for completion is yet to be announced.