1 October 2010 – RWE Innogy Italia has signed an agreement for the construction of an 18.7 MW biomass cogeneration plant in Sicily.
The company will be the majority owner of the power plant and owns 90 per cent of the project shares together with its joint venture partner Fri-El Green Power. The remaining 10 per cent are held by the Roman company Infrastrutture e Gestioni S.p.A..
From a present planning perspective, the work for the construction of the biomass plant is to begin before the end of this year. Commissioning is due late in 2012.
The biomass cogeneration plant is designed for a power generation output of 128 000 MWh, enough to supply about 30 000 residential households with electricity per year. The investment volume amounts to EUR61m ($84m).
Stephan Lohr, CEO of RWE Innogy Cogen GmbH, said: “The integrated supply concept provides for the use of local biomass for decentralized energy production and a close cooperation with the Italian partners. Enna is the ideal location for this.”
Long-term agreements are already in place for the supply of wood from the regional eucalyptus tree plantations with over 20 000 hectares. Moreover, nearby woodlands and unused agricultural areas offer various options for biomass production.
Currently, renewable energies contribute to the Italian electricity generation with 6.8 per cent. This value shall increase up to 17 per cent by 2020.
In Italy electricity generation from renewables is primarily supported through a “green certificate” system. Electricity providers are obliged to offer a certain percentage of energy through renewable schemes. In future, they can be free of this obligation by buying-in green certificates.