June 6 (Renewables Now) - The Lazio Administrative Regional Court (TAR Lazio) has voided a note from November 2017 that denied a form of tax relief to operators of renewable power plants in Italy if they were receiving feed-in tariffs (FiTs).
The case has been won by the Italian Association of Consumers and Producers of Renewable Energy (ACEPER), which represents 15 photovoltaic (PV) park operators. Following the court decision, power plants with FiT contracts under the III, IV and V Conto Energia scheme will still be able to enjoy the Tremonti Ambiente, a tax relief proportional to their environmental investment commitments, law firm Watson Farley & Williams, which advised ACEPER in the process, announced recently.
In the note on November 22, 2017, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici GSE SpA forced FiT-supported renewable power plants to renounce the tax relief. The judge in the case, however, has agreed that operators receiving Tremonti Ambiente was not incompatible with them also getting the feed-in tariff. There will be compensations for the payments lost because of the November 2017 note, Watson Farley & Williams said.