What is repowering?
- What is repowering?
ERG is a pioneer in the technological upgrading of wind energy through repowering, with an investment plan of over €400 million and additional potential that could take this figure as high as €1 billion.
Repowering is an operation that makes it possible to produce more energy by increasing the height of the blades and reducing soil consumption.
As well as making a significant contribution to meeting the 2030 renewable energy production targets established by the PNIEC (National Energy and Climate Plan), it is a win-win solution for all stakeholders: institutions, operators, the banking sector, the general public and the country in general.
- We can build a better Italy...
We can build a better Italy that sees the environment as an ally for the production of sustainable energy.
17 SDGs guide the sustainable development of the planet with the aim of safeguarding the wellbeing and prosperity of its inhabitants.
ERG has adopted a sustainable business model in line with the SDGs and focused on decarbonisation. The projects to repower its wind energy fleet are a prime example: they don't require the use of new soil and on average they reduce the number of wind turbines (SDG9) by over half, treble the production of green energy (SDG 7 and 13) and foster economic development (SDG 8).
The project in the Nulvi-Ploaghe area in Sardinia, with the backing of the Municipalities in which it is located and the Region, has passed the extremely strict authorisation process of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Committee without the addition of any provisions but received a negative technical opinion from MIBACT (Italian Heritage Ministry): an emblematic case of how achieving emissions targets risks ending up no more an "optimistic resolution".
- Abandoning old methods and embracing new visions...
To take the country into a new economic era we must abandon old methods and embrace new approaches.
The commitment to making the fight against climate change a reality and not just a mere declaration of intent is one we must all undertake. Public officials and executives responsible for the permitting of plants connected with the energy transition can no longer simply perform their duties thinking only of their own specific functional goals.
They must also carry out their roles as members of the public, requesting and insisting that the most relevant and priority climate, economic, social and public health implications and consequences be given due consideration during the decision-making process. Only in this way can MIBACT and local Heritage departments cease to represent an obstacle to the process of decarbonisation and the fulfilment of the Government's PNIEC goals.
Conversely, if this doesn't happen, as in the case of Nulvi-Ploaghe (SS), they risk being responsible for the failure of the PNIEC and of hindering the achievement of two SDGs like increasing the production of clean and accessible energy (SDG7) and combating climate change (SDG13), without considering the substantial economic and social damage associated with the blocking of investments, the failure to create jobs and the lack of economic support for local communities.
- It isn't too late to change tack
It isn't too late to change tack and work together to build an economy that can count on the production of environmentally sustainable and safe electricity, but to achieve this we need everybody's help: citizens, communities and institutions.
Our Nulvi-Ploaghe (SS) Repowering project, which received the positive opinion of the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Committee, which reports to MATTM (the Ministry of the Environment), was rejected by MIBACT.
The Regional Administrative Court (TAR) of Sardinia then rejected our appeal even though the project had received the favourable opinion of the Region and the Municipalities and the 'Simplifications Decree' had been passed into Law with provisions supporting Repowering, which the court completely ignored.
Two ministries, two different visions, even if the EIA procedure is designed to assess not only environmental effects but also effects on health, wellbeing, quality of life, flora and fauna, the soil, the water, the air, the climate, material assets and cultural heritage, and is open to the contribution of citizens with the goal of ensuring maximum transparency.
The TAR's decision marries with the reticence of the Heritage Department of Sassari and MIBACT and highlights the impossibility of planning the industrial growth of renewable energies in our country, necessary in order to meet the targets of the PNIEC established by the Government to which the two ministries report. Our ability to meet global goals, like increasing the production of clean and accessible energy (SDG7), combating climate change (SDG13) and sustainable economic development (SDG8), is hindered as a result.