“Urgent measures to contain the costs of electricity and natural gas, for the development of renewable energy and for the relaunch of industrial policies”:
approval in Italy of the Decree Law n. 17 of 1st March 2022
On 2nd March 2022, the Decree Law n. 17 of 1st March 2022, n. 17 on “Urgent measures to contain the costs of electricity and natural gas, for the development of renewable energy and for the relaunch of industrial policies” came into force.
The rules introduced aim to support economic recovery and remove obstacles that prevent full economic development. The measures amount to almost 8 billion euros, of which about 5.5 will be destined to meet the increased energy cost and the remaining part to support the production chains, which under particular hardship at the moment.
Below we list the key measures:
Art. 1 – Zeroing of system charges for the second quarter of 2022, in order to reduce the effects of price increases in the electricity sector
Art. 2 – Reduction of VAT and general charges in the gas sector
Art. 4 – Extraordinary contribution, in the form of a tax credit, in favour of energy-intensive companies
Art. 5 – Extraordinary contribution, in the form of a tax credit, in favour of companies with a high consumption of natural gas;
Art. 9 – Simplifications for the installation of renewable source systems
Art. 11 – Regulation of photovoltaic development in the agricultural sector
Art. 12 – Simplification for renewable systems in suitable areas
Art. 16 – Measures to deal with the increased energy cost emergency by strengthening the security of supply of natural gas at fair prices.
In addition to these measures, a fund has been set up by the Ministry of Economic Development with a budget of 700 million euros for the year 2022 and 1,000 million euros for each year from 2023 to 2030 to promote the green transition, research, and investment in the automotive sector aimed at setting up, reconverting, and redeveloping towards innovative and sustainable forms of production.
Finally, Art. 36 makes an amendment to Art. 23 of Legislative Decree 152/2006, simplifying the regulation of the technical commissions for assessing the environmental impact (EIA and SEA) and establishes new provisions on radiometric surveillance.
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