This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691624
Italian framework for thermal renewables is quite complex and a lot must be done to support them. Some recent laws indeed improved this framework, others did not. Italian associations from the thermal renewable branch are asking for financial and technical measures.
Italian law transposing the European RES directive introduces good framework conditions for district heating in Italy. District heating is indeed considered as work of primary importance and must be considered whenever a new residential, commercial or industrial area is being designed. Furthermore a guarantee fund will be created for new district heating networks.
On the other hand, however, the upcoming feed-in tariff for renewable heat will probably be much weaker than the existing feed-in tariff for renewable electricity: drafts of the upcoming law show that the latter might be up to 13 times higher than the former.
In this framework CARTE (Coordinamento Associazioni Rinnovabili Termiche Efficienza energetica), a group of Italian associations dealing with thermal renewables and energy efficiency, is promoting, among others district heating as a key technology for exploiting locally available thermal renewables and waste heat.
One of CARTE's requests to the Italian Government is to introduce mandatory rules for reducing heating plants' operation temperature in buildings. This would allow for district heating networks to be operated at lower temperature, creating, among others, optimal framework conditions for solar thermal.
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