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    Italian TSOs to Work More Closely


Following the Dutch example, the gas and power grid operators are preparing for the energy transition.

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Italian TSOs to Work More Closely

Italian gas and power grid operators, Snam and Terna,  have signed a memorandum of understanding to define and implement common initiatives to speed up the energy transition.

In a March 1 statement, they said they would work on research, development and innovation and on the possible convergences between their two grids.

The areas of activity covered by the agreement, to be developed observing the relevant legislative and regulatory framework, regard in detail, among other things:

-        the development of shared national and European energy scenarios for the preparation of the respective ten-year investment plans;

-        taking advantage of the convergences between electricity system and gas system in the context of the Snam project for converting its compression and storage plants into “dual energy” gas-electric plants with significant benefits in terms of increased flexibility of the services rendered and reduction of environmental impact;

-        research and development initiatives with particular reference to the use of programmable renewable sources for electricity generation and to the new coupling sector technologies, aimed at ever-better use of resources;

-        the testing and development of innovative technological solutions for analysis and monitoring of the infrastructures, hydrogeological analysis of the territories, monitoring of worksites, joint optimisation of the electricity and gas networks.

Terna said: "The electricity system is going through a moment of crucial change characterised by an energy transition that involves the whole sector and for which everyone is called upon to do their part. The agreement signed today goes in this direction and the collaboration between Terna and Snam to define and implement common initiatives strengthens further Terna’s commitment as a protagonist and enabling factor of the transition in progress.”

Snam said: “The objective of this agreement is to put together the experience and skills of two companies of excellence such as Snam and Terna in a context of growing convergenses between electricity and gas, for the benefit of the Italian energy system. This initiative is a further step in Snam’s change to being the energy company of the future: with the new Snamtec project and the new investments planned in innovation and sustainability - from biogas to energy efficiency, from sustainable mobility to ‘dual energy’ plants - we want to be increasingly protagonists of the energy transition”.

Earlier this month, the Dutch gas and power grid operators, Gasunie and Tennet, both state-owned, set out their plans for dealing with the energy transition through close co-operation.