Italy unveils 870 MW wins in green tender, 1st offshore wind farm is there

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December 28 (SeeNews) - Italy’s energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) last week released the list of projects, 869.8 MW of capacity, that won the right to sign offtake contracts in a renewable energy auction.

The auction, launched in June, includes a 30-MW offshore wind farm, Italy’s first, planned for an area off the coast of Taranto.

Fixed-price power purchase agreements (PPAs) are to go to 800 MW of onshore wind farms, the offshore wind project, 20-MW of bioenergy capacity and a 19.8-MW geothermal power plant. The deals have not been finalised yet.

GSE’s tender attracted onshore wind proposals of 2.083 MW and the successful bids were for a tariff of EUR 66 (USD 69) per MWh, which is 40% below the reference price. In contrast, the winning offshore wind, bioenergy and geothermal projects faced no competition and the discount was minimal. Details on these three categories are available in the table.

Winning project Developer Region % below
reference price
30 MW offshore wind Beleolico SRL Puglia 2
19.8 MW geothermal Enel Green Power Toscana 2
20 MW bioenergy Q.Thermo SRL Toscana 5.15

As previously announced, EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) has been awarded a 20-year power supply contract for 127 MW of wind power capacity. The list of onshore wind winners also includes e2i Energie Special, with eight successful projects with a combined capacity of more than 150 MW, as well as E.on unit Dotto Morcone SRL, electric utility Inergia Spa and many more.

The tender attracted also a solar proposal for 41 MW, but that has been excluded by GSE.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.04)

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