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Francesco Starace’s vision for energy independence

Starace at the “Green Talks”: the energy crisis must be the new push for the transition


More alive than ever. Francesco Starace’s words leave no room for doubt: the energy transition is not affected by the crisis, on the contrary, “the latter has given it a new look, that of security”. On October 11, in an interview at the “Green Talks” organized by the RCS Academy and leading Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”, Enel’s CEO stressed that “if previously we spoke of the energy transition in terms of convenience and environmental protection, today it also helps us to free ourselves from a ‘pathological’ dependence on gas”. In an emergency context like the current one, accelerating the transition is still possible thanks to renewables: “In the first six months of this year, solar power connection requests from companies and private individuals tripled compared to the previous six months of 2021.” The trend is already accelerating in the second half of the year and “connection requests will perhaps triple again”: to quote a few numbers reported by Francesco Starace, “the approximately 450 MW installed on average in a six-month period were 1,200 in the first half of 2022. By the end of the year, we will have 2,500 MW almost without realizing it, because the Italians did it”.

“The energy transition is more alive than ever. This crisis has given it a new look, that of security”

Francesco Starace, Enel CEO

With this in mind, it is also necessary to work on batteries, as the CEO explained during the panel focused on choices and innovations for energy independence. Enel is making an effort across the board to free us from energy imports, as also shown by the project under development for the photovoltaic gigafactory in Catania. The prospect is to work on the “upstream supply chain”, building it quickly in this case: just think that, as early as next summer, the plant will start producing photovoltaic panels and “will be fully operational in 8 months, with an annual production of 3,000 MW of panels”. The value of the project is in the words of CEO Francesco Starace: “Having the capacity and being able to grow gives us the lever for economic freedom to create value and work in Italy.

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Enel editorial staff