Instant reduction service in withdrawals on the major islands

Law Decree no. 3 of 25 January 2010, converted with amendments into Law no. 41 of 22 March 2010 instituted the instant reduction service in withdrawals of electricity in order to guarantee the safety of supplies of electricity to the major islands for the three-year period 2010-2012. This service, which is only supplied to Sicily and Sardinia, aims to guarantee the possibility of reducing the electricity demand on said islands, with absolute availability, reliability and continuity. By Resolution ARG/elt 15/10 (subsequently amended with Resolution ARG/elt 75/10), the AEEG defined the technical/commercial methods by which to assign and manage this service.

In February 2010, Terna defined the procedures for the assignment of 500 MW for Sicily and 500 MW for Sardinia for the period 1 March 2010 – 31 December 2012 and requests only came from Sardinia, for a total of 296 MW, from 4 parties. Resolution ARG/elt 15/10 also provides for the quarterly reassignment of any residual quantities and, therefore, in May, August and November, a further total of 79 MW were assigned to Sardinia and 24 MW to Sicily, with effect as from 31 December 2012.