The law that stimulates the creation and development of Renewable Energy Communities and widespread self-consumption in Italy has been published on the website of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security. As of today, 24 January, the decree comes into force for all intents and purposes, having been registered by the Court of Auditors and, previously, approved by the European Commission.

As provided for by the provision itself, within the following thirty days, the Ministry will approve the operating rules that will govern the methods and timing of the recognition of the incentives, subject to verification by ARERA and on the proposal of the Energy Services Manager. The GSE (Energy Services Manager), the entity managing the measure, will put into operation the portals through which it will be possible to submit requests, within 45 days of the approval of the rules.

The text identifies two ways to promote development in the country of Renewables Energy Community’s: a non-repayable contribution of up to 40% of eligible costs, financed by the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan ) and aimed at communities whose plants are built in municipalities with less than five thousand inhabitants that will support the development of a total of two gigawatts, and an incentive tariff on renewable energy produced and shared throughout the country. The two benefits can be combined. The measure will therefore encourage the development of a total of five gigawatts of renewable energy production plants.

The GSE (Energy Services Manager) will also make available on its institutional website (www.gse.it) documents and information guides, as well as dedicated support channels, to accompany users in the establishment of Renewables Energy Community’s and, in conjunction with the MASE, will launch an information campaign to make consumers aware of the benefits related to the new mechanism: the first “step” is already online and consists of some “FAQs” to start orienting citizens,   small and medium-sized enterprises, institutions, cooperatives and all others other addressees of the measure.

A simulator for the energy and economic evaluation of the initiatives will soon be online on the GSE website, while the interactive map of the primary substations on the national territory is already available.