60 GW of new renewables to fight the energy crisis

The dramatic geopolitical situation has accentuated the energy crisis. With Brent just under $ 100 a barrel (today’s price) and with the risk that the “gas taps” will be closed due to the Russia-Ukraine war, Future Electricitythe main association representing Italian electricity companies (over 500 companies, 70% of the national electricity market), asks the Government for urgent intervention to implement a strategy that can get the country out of the energy crisis in which it is as quickly as possible. finished.

During the press conference, the association highlighted that Italy is in full energy emergency since the cost of gas has soared and why almost 60% of electricity in Italy is still produced with gas.

Renewables are the energies that cost less. Already this year, renewable producers have entered into fixed price contracts with GSE for 20 years at 65 euros / MWh, almost a quarter compared to the wholesale price of electricity in January 2022 of 225 euros / MWh.

The energy emergency, highlights the association, is already there cost almost 20 billion euros to the country: 11 billion allocated by the Government to contain the cost of electricity bills from July 2021 and 8 billion euros in additional charges for consumers. To get out of this situation, Elettricità Futura asks the Government and the Regions to authorize 60 GW of new renewable plants by Juneequal to only one third of the connection applications already submitted to Terna.

For the association, installing 60 GW of renewables over the next 3 years is the right structural solution to increase energy security and independence, and significantly reduce the electricity bill. The money is already there since the sector is ready to invest 85 billion euros over the next 3 years. Investments that could lead to the creation of up to 800,000 new jobs, thus helping the Italian economy to grow.

Second Agostino Re RebaudengoPresident of Elettricità Futura, the 60 GW of new renewable plants they would save 15 billion cubic meters of gas every yearequal to 20% of imported gas, more than 7 times what the Government expects to obtain from the increase in domestic gas extraction.

The 60 GW to be authorized are divided between 12 GW of wind, hydroelectric and bioenergy and between 48 GW of photovoltaics which would require an area of ​​48,000 hectares. The association therefore says it is willing to discuss with the Government to identify extraordinary measures for the objective of 60 GW of new renewable plants.