European CEO Alliance backs ambitious climate strategy

100 billion euros of investment to decarbonize their companies by 2030, a gradual introduction of a cross-sector CO2 price and ambitious phase-out dates for coal: These are some of the key points of ten top managers from the energy, transport and technology industries issued in a joint position paper. Thereby, the leading European CEOs are calling for far-reaching climate protection measures at the occasion of the seventh international climate strike on Friday, March 19, 2021.

The ten business leaders Björn Rosengren (ABB), Thierry Vanlancker (AkzoNobel), Francesco Starace (ENEL), Leonhard Birnbaum (E.ON), Ignacio Galán (Iberdrola), Søren Skou (Maersk), Christian Klein (SAP), Henrik Henriksson (Scania), Jean-Pascale Tricoire (Schneider Electric) and Herbert Diess (Volkswagen) are members of the “CEO Alliance for Europe’s Recovery, Reform and Resilience”.

This CEO Alliance formed in 2020 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the historic decisions on the European Green Deal. Their common goal is to make the EU the world’s leading region for climate protection while unlocking investments, driving innovations in tomorrow’s technologies and creating future-proof jobs.

The top managers published a joint position paper with ambitious proposals. They state: “We firmly believe that the EU Green Deal and Next Generation EU will put Europe’s innovation and business ingenuity to the service of the global climate cause, will kick-start a wave of investments into sustainability and resilience and will create future-proof jobs across the EU.”

The CEOs encourage European policy makers to take bold steps towards climate neutrality such as “continuing to pursue a standardized cross-sector CO2 price” and “setting end-dates for carbon-intense technologies”.

The CEO Alliance considers itself an “Action Tank”, working together in concrete joint projects: Cross-EU charging infrastructure for heavy duty transport, integration of EU Power systems, digital carbon footprint tracking, sustainable healthy buildings, e-buses for Europe, green hydrogen value chain and rapid build-up of battery production.

The aspiration of the top managers is to work with their companies across sectors to find practical solutions for effective climate protection. In doing so, they strive for an ongoing constructive dialogue with the EU Commission. In a digital meeting just days ago, the Executive Vice President of the Commission Frans Timmermans and the CEOs discussed the progress on the implementation of the Green Deal and the interim status of the Alliance’s joint projects.

Executive Vice-President Timmermans stated: “Making Europe climate neutral by 2050 is a huge challenge. The European Commission will propose legislation to put sectors like transport and energy on the right track. Our long term plan includes investment in charging infrastructure, battery production, renovation and renewable energy production. The NextGeneration EU recovery fund will help make this possible. Our goal is not any transition, it’s a just and fair transition, leaving no one behind. I welcome the CEO Alliance’s commitment to Europe’s green recovery and share their conviction that their companies have what it takes to build a sustainable future.”






Enel among world’s 50 most sustainable companies

Enel was among the winners of the 2020 SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Business Sustainability Awards, which celebrate the leadership, transparency and commitment to sustainable business practices of global brands. Specifically, Enel was featured in the 2020 SEAL Organizational Impact Award category, which recognizes the overall corporate sustainability performance and represents the 50 most sustainable companies globally.

The 2020 SEAL Organizational Impact Award combines two world-class Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data sets – the CDP A-List™ and the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA, now part of S&P Global ESG Scores™). Winners were selected by combining and ranking the aggregated results of the two sustainability assessments.
In particular, Enel’s recognition in the SEAL Organizational Impact Award was made possible by reaching the highest score (A/A) in the last CDP edition for the second consecutive year, and its highest ever score (89/100) in the CSA. Both ratings acknowledged Enel’s leadership in tackling climate change and fostering decarbonization of the global economy, promoting open innovation and responsible business management practices across its entire value chain.   SEAL Awards is an environmental advocacy organization that honors leadership through its awards, while funding research and pursuing environmental impact campaigns. The core pillars of the SEAL Awards are the Business Sustainability Awards, which recognize the world’s most sustainable companies, the Environmental Journalism Awards, and Environmental Research Grants.
As further proof of Enel’s commitment to ESG issues, the Group ranked first out of 150 Italian companies, receiving a total score of 95.55 in the January 2021 edition of the Reputation Science’s EGS Perception Index. The index evaluates companies’ sustainability perception on the web, allotting a score of 0 to 100, based on brand proximity to ESG topics.
Enel’s sustainability leadership is globally acknowledged through the Group’s presence in several other renowned sustainability indices as well as rankings, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World and Europe, MSCI ESG Leaders Indices, the FTSE4Good Index series, the CDP Climate “A” List, the Euronext Vigeo-Eiris 120 indices, the STOXX Global ESG Leaders index, the ISS “Prime” rating, the Refinitiv TOP 100 Diversity and Inclusion Index, the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, the Equileap Gender Equality in Europe Ranking, the ECPI indices and the Thomson Reuters/S-Network ESG Best Practices Indices.
The Group is increasingly attracting the attention of Socially Responsible Investors, whose stake in the company is steadily growing, representing now about 13.4% of Enel’s share capital, more than double compared to 2014 levels. This increase, which is in line with the growing recognition of the importance of non-financial elements in the creation of long-term sustainable value, reflects the bolstering of Enel’s global sustainability leadership.
Enel’s long track record of inclusion in the world’s leading sustainability rankings is supported by its commitment to be at the forefront of the major energy challenges facing society, such as sustainable urbanization. A specific example of how Enel is promoting sustainable urbanization by delivering concrete business solutions is shown in the third edition of the “Circular Cities – Cities of tomorrow” position paper available here:
Furthermore, Enel is embedding its sustainability vision across the over 30 countries in which it operates, integrating the expectations of local stakeholders and promoting social and economic development while, at the same time, accelerating the energy transition towards a fully renewable energy model. A concrete example of how Enel Green Power is promoting the development of local communities in Panama while contributing to decarbonize the country’s energy mix can be found here:
[1] SEAL Awards is not affiliated with the CDP, CSA, or S&P Global. The selection process for the SEAL Organizational Impact Award drew entirely upon publicly available information from each of the CDP and CSA.

PPC scouring southeast Europe markets for opportunities

Power utility PPC, on a mission, in recent months, to seek investment opportunities in neighboring countries, is carefully planning its first expedition abroad after some time.

Although PPC’s new three-year business plan does not specifically reference investment plans abroad, the company’s interest in other markets has become apparent.

PPC is striving to become a modern corporation and market leader in southeast Europe by 2030, the power utility’s chief executive Giorgos Stassis told a Bloomberg event late last week.

Potential projects on the corporation’s radar include North Macedonia’s Cebren hydropower facility, a 500-600 million-euro project for which PPC has entered a tender with Archirodon as its partner, and, further ahead, RES investments.

Establishing oneself as a dominant player in the southeast European market is a major challenge as highlighted by the participation of ten consortiums, big names included, in the Cebren hydropower plant tender, the latest following a total of ten preceding procedures for this project, all fruitless.

A proportion of PPC’s 1.1 billion-euro EBITDA target for 2023 could be generated by business activities beyond Greece.

The power utility has assembled a working group tasked with scouring foreign-market opportunities in all sectors, including hydropower, photovoltaics, other RES technologies, project tenders, as well as acquisitions.

PPC has made a series of unsuccessful investment quests over the past 18 years, beginning with Romania’s privatization tender, in 2003, for electricity distributors Electrica Banat and Electrica Dabrogea. PPC had advanced to this procedure’s second round but ultimately lost to Italian powerhouse Enel.

Strong market test turnout for DEDDIE sale, 18 players in all

A total of 18 prospective bidders have taken part in a market test staged by Goldman Sachs for power utility PPC’s forthcoming sale of a 49 percent stake in subsidiary firm DEDDIE/HEDNO, the distribution network operator.

The list, forwarded by Goldman Sachs to PPC, includes investors already familiar to the Greek market such as US firm Blackrock, specializing in transportation and energy infrastructure long-term investments; prominent infrastructure funds; as well as many European operators.

France’s Engie and Italy’s Enel, both often linked with the DEDDIE/HEDNO sale, were not among the 18 market test participants, sources informed.

Interestingly, no previous market test staged to gauge interest in the prospective sale of any Greek State asset has generated such a strong turnout.

Authorities behind DEDDIE/HEDNO’s partial privatization hope this more than promising response for the market test will result in intense bidding competition and a higher sale price.

A clear picture on the number and identity of the sale’s participants will become apparent on January 29, the deadline for the procedure’s first round official expressions of interest.

Officials have attributed the strong market test interest to five key factors: the operator’s new regulatory framework; an elevated WACC level of 6.7 percent for 2021 to 2024, well over levels of between 2.5 and 3 percent offered by other European operators; strong confidence in the governance of the country, pivotal for long-term investments; good timing, as, at present, no other network operator in Europe is up for sale; and a massive accumulation of global capital currently available for investment as a result of numerous lockdowns imposed in many parts of the world since March.

The Greek government will aim to complete DEDDIE/HEDNO’s partial privatization in the first half of 2021.


Enel to boost hydrogen capacity over next decade, CEO tells forum

Enel Group CEO Francesco Starace, speaking at the recent European Hydrogen Forum, a major event gathering industry leaders, policy-makers, government representatives as well as the research community, noted the company intends to boost its green hydrogen capacity over the next decade.

“We are developing green hydrogen projects in Spain, Chile and the United States, and we have plans together with Eni for their refineries as well as with Snam and other players for other applications in Italy,” Starace noted during the Panel discussion. “We are very happy about the path the European Commission is taking towards the decarbonization of European society. This is something that, for us, is within reach and requires an acceleration in renewable investment. Furthermore, there are sectors like the cement, fertilizer and chemical industries, as well as transport by sea or air that cannot be fully electrified and need green hydrogen if we want to achieve a fully decarbonized society going forward. For these sectors, green hydrogen can truly be the answer to decarbonization. Technological development, however, is just in the initial phase and we have to accelerate its pace and study its evolution carefully in order to avoid mistakes in capital allocations and bets in solutions that need to be tested before large investments are put to work.”

In the hydrogen segment, the Enel Group plans to grow its green hydrogen capacity to over 2 GW by 2030. Enel plans to integrate electrolyzers with renewable plants producing electricity for direct sale and ancillary services to support further renewable penetration in the grid, with green hydrogen also being sold to industrial customers.

The European Hydrogen Forum, which is one of the highlights of the European Hydrogen Week, was been jointly organized by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), in partnership with Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.

The first edition of the European Hydrogen Week, a fully digital series of events held between November 23 and 27, was dedicated to the essential role of hydrogen in fulfilling the EU’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The week of events was launched by the European Commission and FCH JU in order to match the ever-growing interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, alongside marking the adoption of the EU Hydrogen Strategy in July.




Enel 2030 vision in 2021–2023 strategic plan: A Decade of opportunities  

The Road to 2030 

Over a decade of profound transformation, the Group is placing at the core of its strategy the acceleration of the energy transition, alongside sustainable and profitable growth to create significant value shared with all stakeholders and attractive returns for shareholders over time.

Group Ordinary EBITDA is expected to increase at a 5%-6% Compounded Annual Growth Rate (“CAGR”) while Net Ordinary Income is expected to increase at a 6%-7% CAGR between 2020 and 2030.

The Group expects to mobilize investments of 190 billion euros in the 2021-2030 period, boosting decarbonization, electrification of consumption and platforms to create sustainable shared value for all stakeholders and profitability over the medium and long term.

The Enel Group’s leadership position in the industry and its journey towards becoming a fully digital company enable the implementation of two business models: the traditional one, called “Ownership”, where digital platforms are a business enhancer supporting investment profitability, and the “Stewardship” model, which catalyzes third-party investments in partnership with Enel or where platforms are a business generator.

The Group plans to directly invest around 160 billion euros, of which over 150 billion euros through the Ownership business model and around 10 billion euros through the Stewardship business model, while further catalyzing around 30 billion euros from third parties.

As for the investment planned under the Ownership business model:

  • Nearly half will be devoted to Global Power Generation, with Renewables totaling around 70 billion euros, which are expected to lead to around 120 GW of installed capacity by 2030, 7 times higher than the approximately 45 GW currently installed. This will be accomplished by leveraging on a growing pipeline of more than 140 GW, alongside a worldwide platform-based Business Development, Engineering and Construction as well as Operation and Maintenance model;
  • Around 46% is expected to be deployed in Infrastructure and Networks, to address quality and resiliency improvements, new connections and infrastructure digitalization, resulting in a Group Regulated Asset Base (“RAB”) of some 70 billion euros in 2030 and over 90 million end users 100%-digitalized through smart meters, leveraging on an unparalleled scale of operations, the highest digitalization expertise and a distinctive intellectual property value;
  • The remaining amount relates to Customers and is expected to lead, by 2030, to a steep increase in customer value. The Group will enable electrification, accelerating customers’ path to sustainability and energy efficiency, combining traditional offerings with “beyond commodity” services. This business will leverage on the largest customer base worldwide, digital platforms and a growing integrated portfolio of offerings.

As for the investment under the Stewardship business model, the Group is expected to invest, approximately, an additional 10 billion euros, while catalyzing around 30 billion euros from third parties, enabling an overall amount of some 40 billion euros of investments, mainly related to Renewables, alongside Fiber, e-transport and flexibility.

The Group will reach an 80% reduction in direct CO2 emissions versus 2017 (Science-Based Targets initiative, SBTi-certified) and contribute to the creation of over 240 billion euros of Gross Domestic Product in Enel’s countries of presence through local investments in generation and electrification.

The 2021-2023 Strategic Plan

The Group plans to directly invest around 40 billion euros, of which around 38 billion euros through the Ownership business model and around 2 billion euros through the Stewardship business model, while further catalyzing 8 billion euros from third parties.

More than 90% of Enel’s consolidated investments will be in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). In addition, according to Enel’s initial calculations, between 80% and 90% of the Group’s consolidated capex will be aligned to EU Taxonomy criteria for its substantial contribution to climate change mitigation.

The growth rate in investments versus the previous plan is expected to be around 36%.

As for the investment planned under the Ownership business model:

  • More than half is dedicated to Global Power Generation, with around 17 billion euros to Renewables, which will lead to an overall installed consolidated renewable capacity of 60 GW by 2023 (+33% versus 2020). The Group will further accelerate decarbonization by adding renewable capacity that will more than offset thermal decommissioning. As a result, the Group’s Scope 1 CO2 emissions are set to decrease by more than 30%, from 2020 to 2023, positioning the Group on track to achieve its 2030 science-based decarbonization target of 80% greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission reduction versus 2017, in line with the 1.5°C pathway scenario;

Around 43% is expected to be deployed in Infrastructure and Networks. Capex acceleration is expected to drive the Group’s RAB up by 14% versus 2020, reaching around 48 billion euros in 2023;

  • The remaining amount relates to Customers. The value of Business to Customer (“B2C”) clients is expected to increase by around 30% and that of Business to Business (“B2B”) by around 45%, thanks to the elimination of regulated tariffs, mainly in Italy, and to the electrification of energy consumption trends that will call for “beyond commodity” services.

As for the investment under the Stewardship business model, the Group is expected to invest, approximately, an additional 2 billion euros, while catalyzing around 8 billion euros of investments from third parties, therefore enabling an overall capex of around 10 billion euros, mainly related to Renewables, alongside Fiber, e-transport and flexibility.

The outcome of these investments will show, across all businesses, double digit growth in the three-year plan period. Managed renewable capacity is expected to reach around 8 GW in 2023, more than double versus 2020. Additionally, with Enel X, the Group aims to increase the number of electric buses by more than 6 times to around 5,500 units in 2023, as well as to grow demand response capacity to 10.6 GW (+1.8 times versus 2020) and storage capacity to 527 MW (+4.2 times versus 2020). Finally, in 2023, Enel X is expected to reach around 780,000 public and private charging points made available worldwide (+4.5 times versus 2020).

At Group level, Ordinary EBITDA is expected to be in a range between 20.7 and 21.3 billion euros in 2023, implying a 5%-6% CAGR. Net Ordinary Income is expected to be in a range between 6.5 and 6.7 billion euros in 2023, implying an 8% to 10% CAGR, thanks also to the continued optimization of Group financial management – particularly through an increase in sustainable finance, which will account for around 50% of total gross debt in 2023 – leading to a lower cost of debt.

Enel has set up a simple, predictable and attractive dividend policy for the period. Shareholders will receive an increasing guaranteed fixed Dividend Per Share (“DPS”) over the next three years with a target of 0.43 euros/share in 2023, translating into a CAGR of approximately 7%.

Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager of Enel said: “With this new Strategic Plan we are setting a direction for the next 10 years, mobilizing 190 billion euros in investments to pursue our goals in a decade full of opportunities. To realize this vision, we can leverage on our clear leadership in the utility sphere across three main elements, all driven by an innovative platform-based model. First, as a ‘Super Major’ in the renewable sector, we operate the world’s largest private generation fleet. Furthermore, we have an unparalleled global network system, where the platform-operating model drives improvements in quality, resiliency, efficiency and flexibility. Last but not least, we count on the largest customer base worldwide to which, through our business platforms, we provide innovative services and integrated offerings. Throughout the decade, we will strengthen the creation of sustainable shared value for all stakeholders, which is also embedded in an attractive remuneration for our shareholders.”

RAE to set DEDDIE’s WACC level this week, investors keen

The launch of a privatization procedure to offer a 49 percent stake in distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO should be brought one step closer to its actualization this week as RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, is expected to set a WACC level for 2020, before following up, a few weeks later, within December, with a WACC level covering 2021 to 2024.

These steps are intended to offer investors clarity on the operator’s earning potential.

The distribution network operator’s WACC level for 2021 to 2024 is expected to be set at just below 7 percent, a highly attractive level given the far lower yields offered by respective European distribution network operators.

Investor interest in the forthcoming DEDDIE/HEDNO sale is currently high, energy ministry sources informed. Though no companies were specified, the sources indicated that potential buyers who had surfaced prior to the pandemic remain interested.

Germany’s EON, Italy’s Enel, France’s Enedis and a number of Chinese firms had all expressed interest. Surprise additions to this list cannot be ruled out.

A market test, to measure the level of interest of prospective bidders, is expected to take place next month, immediately following an Investor Day online event planned by state-owned power utility PPC, the operator’s parent company, for early December, energy minister Costis Hatzidakis told a recent energypress conference.

DEDDIE/HEDNO, possessing networks covering 242,000 kilometers, has prepared a major investment plan that includes installation of 7.5 million smart power meters, a project budgeted at 850 million euros, and a digital upgrade of the network. The operator’s assets are valued at 3.6 billion euros.

Enel boosts 2030 greenhouse gas emission cut target to 80% from 70%

Enel has committed to an 80% reduction in its direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per kWh by 2030, from a 2017 base-year, up from the previous target of 70%, becoming the first major, global, integrated utility to set an emission reduction target consistent with the United Nations pledges to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the company has announced in a statement.

“With our commitment to such a drastic reduction in our emissions, we are leading the way in the fight against global warming,” said Francesco Starace, Enel CEO and General Manager. “As we progress along this path, we are working relentlessly to maintain our leadership in the energy transition through an ever-increasing focus on carbon-free activities. We are increasing the share of renewables in our generation mix. We are working with our customers towards energy efficiency and electrification, enabling change through reliable, digitized and resilient grids. A truly innovative and sustainable company is one that does not hold back from embracing change, but strives to lead it.”

Enel’s new SBTi-approved target entails a reduction in the Group’s 2030 direct emission threshold to 82 gCO2eq/kWh from 125 gCO2eq/kWh corresponding to the previous 70% target, which was announced last year.

Enel is contributing to the energy transition by promoting a sustainable business model across its entire value chain. It was one of the first companies in the world to join the SBTi in 2015. The Group is making good progress towards the achievement of the SBTi target as in 2019 its direct GHG emissions per kWh were reduced by more than 36% compared to 2007, and it will continue this trend through major investments in renewables and thermal decommissioning. Through Enel Green Power, which is now the world’s largest private renewable player, Enel currently boasts over 47 GW of installed renewable capacity, exceeding that of thermal sources. Furthermore, the Enel Group is working towards phasing out its coal footprint by 2030. All these activities are expected to lead up to the Group’s full decarbonization by 2050.

Currently, Enel operates the largest private electricity distribution network globally with a grid of more than 2.2 million kilometers for over 74 million end users, of which more than 60% are already digitized. In addition, Enel’s advanced energy solutions business line Enel X is proactively contributing to decarbonize other sectors such as transport, with more than 140,000 public and private charging points for electric vehicles made available worldwide.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body in charge of assessing the science related to climate change, has warned that, in order to limit some of the worst climate impacts, temperature rise must be held to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels on the road to a net-zero future by 2050. Businesses have a critical role to play in order to tackle this global challenge and the SBTi is positioned as the world’s most recognized initiative to champion science-based target-setting as a way of boosting companies’ commitment to supporting the transition to a zero-emission economy.

The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).  It provides companies with a pathway to identify how much and how quickly they need to reduce their GHG emissions with the aim to curtail rising global temperatures. Furthermore, the SBTi enables companies to set emission reduction targets consistent with the most ambitious aim of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change: to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.


DEDDIE formula for required revenue approved by authority

RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, has approved a formula determining the required revenue for electricity distribution networks, an important first step towards the finalization of distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO’s regulatory framework, essential for its privatization procedure to offer a 49 percent stake, sources have informed.

A WACC level still needs to be set and approved for the operator. RAE intends to reach a decision by December 31 so that prospective buyers can have even greater clarity on the operator’s potential revenue.

Given the time required for the processing of related data concerning the operator’s regulated earnings and the network’s business development plan for 2021 to 2024, RAE should deliver a decision on the four-year period by March 31, 2021, which would be retroactively applied as of January 1, 2021.

The new framework includes two periods covering 2021-2024 and 2025-2028, offering investors a long-term picture of the investment’s potential yield.

According to sources, the authority intends to set a WACC level of just below 7 percent for 2021-2024, highly attractive for investors given levels of no more than 2.5 percent offered by equivalent distribution network operators around Europe.

RAE plans to launch a market test, to measure the level of investor interest in DEDDIE/HEDNO, next month.

Prior to the pandemic, Germany’s EON, Italy’s Enel, Enedis – an EDF subsidiary – as well as a number of Chinese companies, had expressed interest in the DEDDIE/HEDNO privatization plan.

Enel X Financial Services launches Enel X Pay

Enel X Financial Services, an Enel Group company that is fully owned by Enel X, has entered the digital financial services and mobile banking sector with Enel X Pay, an online banking account which, through a partnership with Mastercard, enables users to make fully secure payments and transfers in real time directly via smartphone app, to have a digital or physical card and monitor the transactions and spending of the whole family.

Enel X Pay was presented yesterday through a web press conference attended by Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X, Giulio Carone, CEO of Enel X Financial Services and Matteo Concas, Head of Financial Solutions of Enel X.

“Through Enel X Pay, we are expanding our platform of offers and products to financial services; a digital tool to easily manage financial transactions by relying on an innovative and trusted partner like Enel X,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel X CEO. “The disintermediation from traditional financial services give us the option of entering a highly competitive sector, bringing our ability to innovate and develop new solutions, from advisory and financial management services to insurance services.”

“With the launch of Enel X Pay we are bolstering our position in the fintech sector, contributing to the dissemination of digital payments and the development of financial services integrated with Enel’s ecosystem,” said Giulio Carone, CEO of Enel X Financial Services. “The business model we are looking at is that of a Big Tech firm, which makes available to customers its ability to innovate, counting on strategic partnerships with leading technology players, in order to offer high value-added solutions.”

Enel X Pay is a native digital account, involving a card and an Italian IBAN, which allows users to perform multiple types of transactions: from payment of bills, taxes and duties of the Public Administrations signed up to Italy’s pagoPA circuit, to SEPA transfers, from the peer-to-peer transfer of money with no additional costs, to donations aimed at solidarity initiatives to third sector associations like Save the Children, Food for Soul and Doctors without Borders.

With Enel X Pay, users can pay for the charging of electric cars in the infrastructures within the Hubject circuit. Hubject is the e-mobility joint venture involving the BMW Group, Bosch, EnBW, Enel X, Innogy, Mercedes Benz AG, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group, which boasts over 750 business partners and 250,000 interoperable charging points all over the world.

Users can manage the Enel X Pay banking account directly from the app bundled with a digital and physical card. The card is made out of plant-based bio-plastic and is linked to Mastercard, the key international payment circuit with over 52 million points of acceptance around the world.

In addition, courtesy of the Enel X Pay “family” option, a dedicated account can be activated for children between the ages of 11 and 18, providing them with a prepaid card while allowing them to make peer-to-peer transfers, withdrawals from ATMs as well as payments on e-commerce sites. Parents can rely on a useful tool which, on the one hand, offers children the freedom to manage their own funds and, on the other, allows the monitoring of their balance and transactions, while setting spending limits and fixing the amount of the prepaid card’s automatic top-ups.

The launch of Enel X Pay is a milestone in a process that the Enel Group has been engaged in for the last two years, accomplishing a series of strategic transactions. These include: the purchase of a majority stake in Paytipper, an institution with which the initial offering of online and offline payment services was created as well as the recent agreements with partners SIA and Tink which, through their highly secure and reliable technology platforms, will enable all Enel X Pay services, allowing for the development of additional open banking solutions tailored to customer needs.

Enel X Pay is available on the Google Play Store (Android) and, in the coming days, on the Apple App Store.


DEDDIE’s WACC close to 7%, RAE framework approval soon

Distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO’s new WACC level, determining the yield, required by potential buyers, will be set at just below 7 percent for a four-year period covering 2021 to 2024, energypress sources have informed.

This WACC level, well over rates of no more than 2.5 percent offered by respective European operators, is expected to be seen as a very attractive offer by investors.

RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, has been given the green light by the energy ministry to hasten proceedings for a launch of the DEDDIE/HEDNO privatization, offering a 49 percent stake, in November, as promised by the ministry.

DEDDIE/HEDNO has awaited RAE’s approval of its new regulatory framework, including the WACC level, to launch the tender. This framework will include an option for a four-year extension, covering 2025 to 2028.

If the privatization is launched next month, it could be completed within the first quarter of 2021.

Market officials have forecast a DEDDIE/HEDNO selling price of close to 1.5 billion euros for the 49 percent stake.

The operator’s assets, essentially comprising networks totaling 239,000 kilometers in length, plus substations, are estimated to be worth 3.5 billion euros.

The DEDDIE/HEDNO business plan for 2021 to 2024, still subject to official approval, should excite investors. It features investments worth 2 billion euros and network 5G add-on potential for a wide range of telephony and internet services.

The prospective installation of 7.5 million digital power meters in place of conventional meters around the country, an upgrade budgeted at 850 million euros, is another strong selling point. Recovery funds will be sought for this project, energy minister Costis Hatzidakis recently informed. This would save the operator a considerable amount.

Germany’s EON, Italy’s Enel, Enedis, a subsidiary of France’s EDF, as well as a number of Chinese companies had showed interest, unofficially, in the DEDDIE/HEDNO sale well before the pandemic broke out.



Enel’s Francesco Starace named chief at SEforALL, supporting SDG7

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), a non-profit international organization that works closely with the United Nations to accelerate and deliver at scale the solutions needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – by 2030, has appointed Francesco Starace, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A., as Chair of the SEforALL Administrative Board, SEforALL has announced in a statement.

With less than 10 years to meet SDG7, and with increasing urgency for the world to get on track to meet the Paris Agreement climate goals, SEforALL’s role in driving a global clean energy transition has never been more important, Starace, who has been CEO and General Manager of Enel, one of the largest utilities in Europe, since May 2014, begins in the role with immediate effect.

Speaking on the announcement, Elizabeth Cousens, Vice-Chair of the SEforALL Administrative Board, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the UN Foundation, noted: “Francesco is a visionary energy leader with a long track record in driving business ambition around climate action, sustainability, and energy access for hundreds of millions of  people around the world who lack it. He is a natural choice for this important role at such a critical moment. With SEforALL’s unique mandate from the UN to drive SDG7 action in line with the Paris Agreement, his leadership can help support the organization go even further and faster to achieve our goal of universal energy access.”

As Chair of the Administrative Board – the principal governing body of the organization – Mr. Starace will help shape strategy and operations for the organization at the highest levels. Mr. Starace currently also serves as a member of the UN Global Compact Board of Directors and the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. He previously served as a member of the former SEforALL Advisory Board and President of EurElectric, the European association for the electricity industry.

“Energy must be at the heart of the global agenda to lead the world on a more sustainable pathway, focusing multi-stakeholder action especially on renewables and energy efficiency, which are key for delivering on the goals of energy access and climate mitigation. I am very proud to join SEforALL and to support its efforts for the clean energy transition and to work together toward achievement of SDG 7,” noted Starace. “My main objective as Chair of the SEforALL Administrative Board will be to cooperate with leading actors to accelerate the critical shift to a more sustainable, modern and accessible energy for all. I have great confidence in SEforALL leadership and its unique strengths to tackle the complexity of the energy challenges and to support ensuring the fundamental right to electricity for everyone, globally.”

The announcement comes after SEforALL recently released a new three-year business plan to help drive scaled action towards sustainable energy for development and energy transitions. The ambitious plan recognizes the need to strengthen global advocacy while expanding activities that prioritize data-driven decision-making, strategic partnerships and country-specific implementation.

Welcoming his appointment, Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, said: “With ambitious action we can still achieve SDG7 by 2030, but the next few years are critical to increase energy access – especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. SEforALL’s leadership is pivotal to deliver this vision and why I’m delighted to welcome Francesco Starace as our new Chair of the Administrative Board. Francesco brings incredible experience that can help SEforALL deliver an energy transition that is truly inclusive, equitable and leaves no one behind.”

Cross-industry climate change effort emphasized by CEO Alliance

The CEO of multinational power company Enel, Francesco Starace,  and chief executives from eleven European companies, have joined forces for a zero-carbon future and a more resilient Europe, Enel has announced in a statement.

The European Union is committed to net zero emissions by 2050, which is in line with the CEO Alliance companies’ own decarbonization strategies, the statement noted.

All members support the Paris 2050 goals, the EU Green Deal and the ambition to raise EU climate targets. They represent different industries, generate a combined 600 billion euros in annual revenues and employ 1.7 million people. The CEO Alliance channels their decarbonization efforts: it connects sectors and strategies, identifies potential for collaboration, and fosters projects and investments for a sustainable economy and society.

At its inaugural meeting in Stuttgart, the cross-industry alliance underscored: “The climate targets of the European Union are feasible. Our industries do not block, but rather foster the shift toward a carbon-neutral economy. We see growth potential for all industries in the long run. If we manage this historic transformation successfully, sustainable development and new future-proof jobs will be the result. Together, we will support all efforts to reach a social consensus for more sustainability.”

With yesterday’s start, the CEO Alliance becomes an association of action that unites corporate strategies, industries and societies on the road to a carbon-neutral Europe.

All members believe the new climate targets of the European Commission, envisaging emission reductions of 55% by 2030, are manageable.

On the industry side, the CEO Alliance members have already pledged to invest more than 100 billion euros in their respective decarbonization roadmaps over the next years to help reach these targets.

Every member has defined its own strategy to address decarbonization, by reducing carbon emissions across the relevant value chains and by offering sustainable products and services to customers. For reaching the respective CO2 targets, each member and each sector is dependent on other members and sectors, which especially calls for cross-sector activities.

Collaboration potential of the Alliance was identified in six fields: in energy systems, renewable power generation must be scaled up rapidly and power grids must be modernized. In terms of mobility and transport, the EV charging infrastructure must be expanded and the low-carbon transport or shipping of goods intensified. Zero-impact production – in particular for renewable power generation components – and sustainable battery production are key aspects in manufacturing and industrial processes. In terms of buildings and urban environments, the focus is on zero-emission offices and sustainable green city planning. In regard to new business models, the focus is on carbon tracking with digital technologies in the supply chain. The field of sustainable finance will also offer new opportunities.

The members also agree that the transformation towards a net-zero carbon future needs to be based on a broad public consensus. The CEO Alliance is willing to contribute to this consensus, and to establish a social contract, by intensifying the dialogue between stakeholders from the private sector, public sector and civil society. At the same time, the members call on political leaders to create the necessary political support and incentives. At the inaugural meeting, the dialogue started with a discussion with Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission.

The CEO Alliance is convinced that ambitious decarbonization and cross-sector collaboration require ambitious and cross-sector policy frameworks, for example carbon pricing with a minimum floor price in the EU Emissions Trading System, a reform of the energy taxation system, and driving demand for sustainable, innovative and digital solutions, among other things by using renewal schemes, public procurement and investments.

The CEO Alliance represents members from key industry sectors: ABB, AkzoNobel, Eon, Enel, Iberdrola, A.P. Møller Maersk, Philips, SAP, Scania, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Volkswagen.

Following an initial joint letter to the European Commission in June 2020, the first face-to-face meeting underscored the commitment to act fast and to recognize the urgency of the necessary transformation for future competitiveness.

Enel reconfirmed as a Global Compact LEAD company for 10th year in a row

Enel has been reconfirmed as a Global Compact LEAD company, a recognition the Group has held since 2011, recognition acknowledging companies with the highest engagement towards the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiatives, as well as those which are profoundly committed in implementing the Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their business activities.

The 2020 announcement of the Global Compact LEAD companies took place leading up to the #UnitingBusiness LIVE event, held between September 21st and 23rd, 2020.

The virtual event, which is taking place during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, brings together business leaders, Governments, and civil society leaders to underscore their commitment to the UN’s objectives. This year’s UN General Assembly will focus on the need for renewed global cooperation and the economic recovery from Covid-19.

“Our active participation within the UN Global Compact was recognized once again with our inclusion, for the 10th year in a row, among the Global Compact LEAD companies. Enel continues, in line with the commitment the Group made five years ago at the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, to tirelessly work in pursuit of the SDGs, while adhering to the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles,” said Francesco Starace, Enel CEO and General Manager. “The 2020 edition marks the 5th year since the UN’s adoption of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the 17 SDGs, and this year kicks off the “Decade of Action” towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals are specifically embedded within Enel’s strategy as key drivers of business growth, and guide our decision-making process towards action against climate change, as well as ensuring the supply of affordable, clean energy.”

The Enel Group is an active participant in four of the seven UN Global Compact’s Action Platforms. The Platforms bring together representatives from business, Global Compact Local Networks, academia, civil society, Government and the United Nations, to collect knowledge and experiences in order to find solutions to global complex and interconnected issues. Namely, Enel is participating in: the CFO Taskforce for the SDGs where it is patron and the Group’s CFO is co-chair; Business Ambition for Climate and Health; Reporting on the SDGs; Peace Justice and Strong Institutions-SDG16, for which Enel’s CEO signed the ‘Statement  from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation’, launched today during the Private Sector Forum.

As the only Italian company to participate in the three-day program, Enel’s CEO Mr. Francesco Starace will speak today, within the framework of the Global Impact Forum, in the Accelerating Global Climate Action for a 1.5°C Future to Recover Better Together event, as well as tomorrow on Catalysing Finance and Investment for the Achievement of SDG7 session, during the SDG Business Forum. Enel’s CFO, Mr. Alberto De Paoli,  participated on September 21st as a speaker at the Global Launch of the CFO Principles on Integrated SDG Investments and Finance, within the framework of the Private Sector Forum.

Enel also celebrates the fifth anniversary from the Group’s first public commitment to the SDGs at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. Over 90% of the Enel Group’s overall 28.7 billion euro investment in the 2020-2022 period directly address four SDGs: SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), all contributing to SDG 13 (Climate Action), placing the fight against climate change at the center of the Group’s strategy. Enel is also committed to promoting Social and economic development (SDG 8), while supporting Quality education(SDG 4).

Enel also contributes to all the other SDGs by promoting a sustainable business model, pursuing sustainable behaviors and leveraging on SDG 17 to foster global partnerships to tackle the multiple challenges that the world is facing.



DEDDIE sale a government priority, major players interested

Major European players with network management experience are believed to be interested in acquiring a majority stake of electricity distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO.

Both the government and state-controlled power utility PPC, the operator’s parent company, have received calls of interest, still at an unofficial level, from a number of big firms ahead of the forthcoming privatization.

Interested parties are believed to include E.ON, operating regional networks in Germany, as well as Italy’s ENEL.

DEDDIE/HEDNO is at the top of the government’s privatization list, according to sources. A final decision to offer a stake of 51 percent, including managerial rights, has been taken, the sources added.

The sale is expected to lead to the digitization of the country’s network. This much-needed upgrade project, to feature the installation of smart meters and modernization of mid and low-voltage lines, will contribute to the EU’s network unification plan.

Also, the sale of a majority stake in the Greek electricity distribution network will rake in considerable funds for PPC. The operator’s estimated value is 3 billion euros.

The sale’s procedure is expected to begin early in 2020 with the aim of completing its tender by the end of June.


PPC in talks with over 10 local, foreign firms for RES ventures

Power utility PPC is considering renewable energy joint venture proposals by over ten companies, domestic and foreign.

The pool of firms interested in doing business with PPC includes Germany’s RWE, Italian companies such as Enel, French enterprises associated with the Greek power utility in the past, among them EDF, scores of Chinese companies, as was confirmed at a Shanghai forum early November, as well as numerous Greek companies.

PPC’s involvement in RES joint ventures will have an important place in the power utility’s new business plan, to be announced within the next 10 to 15 days, energy minister Costis Hatzidakis told a National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) event yesterday.

The forthcoming business plan will officially signal the Greek power utility’s turn to the renewable energy sector, listing specific objectives.

Any partnership announcements should not be expected before the business plan’s presentation.

Plans for a PPC bond issue to finance the company’s expansion into the renewable energy sector are also in the making.

PPC’s favorable corporate image in Greece’s provincial areas, where renewable energy investments will be made, is a key factor drawing both local and foreign RES players towards prospective partnerships with the Greek power utility.


Former Enel CEO in Romania named PPC’s new boss

Giorgos Stassis, an experienced manager with a formidable multinational energy-sector background, has been named the power utility PPC’s new chief executive.

Stassis, who previously headed the Enel corporate group’s Romanian subsidiary, Romania’s biggest energy company, will succeed Manolis Panagiotakis, who resigned from PPC’s top position soon after the conservative New Democracy party’s election victory on July 7.

The newly named PPC head hails from the energy sector, is backed by a multinational-level career, possesses experience in energy-enterprise restructuring, is young, Greek and returning from abroad to help the government’s effort, energy ministry officials noted.

Greece’s EESYP privatization superfund, holding the Greek State’s 51 percent stake of PPC, named Stassis for the power utility’s top post in a proposal forwarded to PPC’s board.

Stassis served as CEO at Enel Romania SrL from 2016. Previously, Stassis headed Enel Green Power in southeast Europe and the Middle East, beginning in 2007.

Stassis, who possesses over 13 years of experience in the energy market, has also held a series of other significant posts in the sector.

Between 2001 and 2006, Stassis was employed at Tellas Telecommunications SA as a member of the company’s administrative team and Executive Director of Strategic Projects and Procurement.

He studied Civil Engineering at Kingston University in the UK and holds an MBA in Construction Management.

The Enel corporate group is a multinational energy company and a leading player in global electricity, natural gas and renewable energy markets. It maintains interests in over 30 countries worldwide and holds a portfolio with a production capacity of approximately 89 GW.


Major 154-MW renewable energy project on Evia nearing launch

One of Greece’s biggest renewable energy projects, a 154-MW complex comprising seven wind energy parks in the Kafireas area of the island Evia, slightly northeast of Athens, is approaching its launch.

Test runs are expected to be staged in September while the facility should be ready to operate commercially by the end of the year, sources informed.

The project, developed by the Greek subsidiary of Italy’s Enel, will make the company one of Greece’s biggest RES firms, highlighting its determination for a strong Greek market presence.

The company’s Greek portfolio will grow to a total capacity of 461 MW – solar, wind and hydropower units – once the Evia project is launched.

The company has had to endure a long adventure for this RES project to reach the final stretch. Greek authorities first issued a project license to the Enel subsidiary back in 2003 but the company needed to persevere a further 12 years of bureaucracy to secure further approvals and additional permits before it could begin construction.

The Enel subsidiary ended up starting the project’s construction in June, 2017. However, heated reaction by local residents and subsequent legal cases filed by them to the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, prompted further delays.

The legal action was rejected in January, 2018, enabling the project’s completion.

The need to simplify local RES licensing procedures has once again emerged of late.

Germany’s DWH, spurred by PV potential, joins local Maximus Terra

Germany’s DWH (Deutsche Werte Holding AG), driven by favorable prospects seen in Greece’s solar energy sector, has joined Greek holding company Maximus Terra, involved in various local RES sector projects – solar, wind, biomass and biogas energy – since 2010.

During these years, Maximus Terra has collaborated with major groups such as Italy’s Enel, as well as Libra Group, headquartered in the USA.

DWH was drawn to the Greek market by solar energy projects with a total capacity of 200 MW currently being developed. The German company plans to co-finance these.

DWH is interested in license trading as well as project development. It estimates that a 25-MW station has the potential to generate revenues, from electricity sales, of up to two million euros per year.

Depending on the strategy it chooses to follow, the German company is anticipating short-term profit from license trading activity or annual profits of roughly 17 million euros through the development of photovoltaic systems.

Upcoming mixed RES auction applications submitted today

Procedures leading to the country’s first mixed RES auction, to place the sector’s main players, wind and solar energy investors, in the same bidding arena with equal terms for intensified competition, begin today with the submission of online applications.

These will be followed by the submission of dossiers containing all required documents ahead of the auction, expected on April 15, according to an announcement made by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

A total of 600 MW will be offered to auction participants. Amounts requested in applications will need to exceed this 600-MW total by 40 percent if the entire amount is to be offered at the upcoming auction.

Terna Energy, Mytilineos, PPC, the Panagakos group, as well as major foreign players such as Total Eren, Juwi, EDF and ENEL are among the firms likely to participate.

Mixed RES auctions have become standard practice in other European markets, the objective being to secure optimal solutions for coverage of energy needs at the lowest possible cost.


Enel reaffirmed among world’s most sustainable firms by FTSE4Good Index

Enel has been reaffirmed among world’s most sustainable companies in FTSE4Good Index Series, which ranks the top global companies by evaluating their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, following the index’s review of the second half of 2018, the corporate group announced in a statement.

The corporate group’s subsidiaries Endesa, Enel Américas and Enel Chile were also reconfirmed in the latest ranking.

Enel maintained the highest score in the criteria regarding waste management, biodiversity conservation, health and safety, labor standards, risk management, corporate governance and anti-corruption, the company noted.

Developed by FTSE Russell, a leading global provider of benchmarks, analytics, and data solutions with multi-asset capabilities, the FTSE4Good Index evaluates the performance of companies on the basis of their commitment to embedding sustainable ESG practices into their business management.

The FTSE Russell methodology is solely based on publicly available data, requiring high transparency from companies, therefore the confirmation of Enel in the index underscores the strong commitment of the group in promoting accountability and transparency.

In addition to this ranking, the Enel Group is listed in other leading sustainability indices, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the Euronext Vigeo-Eiris Indices, the STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices, the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, the OEKOM “Prime” rating, the ECPI indices, the Thomson Reuters/S-Network ESG Best Practices Indices, the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index, the Integrated Governance Index and Equileap’s Top 200 ranking on gender equality, it noted.

Enel’s sustainability leadership is increasingly drawing the interest of ESG investors, whose stake in the company is steadily growing, representing over 8.6% of the group’s share capital as of December 31st, 2017, with an increase of 46% compared to 2014, the group stated.

Enel’s comprehensive sustainability strategy, demonstrated by its inclusion in these rankings, is further detailed in its position paper titled “Cities of tomorrow. Circular cities” released in November 2018, it informed. The paper lays out Enel’s position on the essential role that cities will play in promoting sustainable development and the innovative solutions that the company is currently offering, the statement explained.

Enel Green Power awards Survey Digital maintenance contract

Italy’s Enel Green Power has once again awarded Survey Digital a maintenance and support contract for its 27.7 MW portfolio of installed Satcon inverters at the Altomonte, Nola, Deruta and Strambino locations, following a tender.

Survey Digital operates as licensed representative of Satcon, an exclusive supplier of parts, and non-exclusive associate for provision of services in Europe.

Survey Digital has offered Enel Green Power these services since 2012 and has now secured at least a further three years.


Enel ranked among country’s most sustainable firms in 2017

Enel Green Power Hellas, Enel’s Greek renewables subsidiary, was ranked among the 21 companies recognised in the first edition of the Quality Net Foundation’s Sustainability Performance Directory in the Greek Market, out of the 54 companies that applied for the ranking, the company has announced in a statement.

The Directory evaluates how sustainably the companies approach the programs, processes and policies that they implement, and how sustainable development fits within their corporate strategy. The Quality Net Foundation developed the 2017 edition of the Directory within the framework of its “Sustainable Greece 2020” Initiative.

Sustainable Greece 2020 aims to further encourage businesses to adopt and record sustainable policies and practices as well as enhance transparency, self-assessment and accountability.

“We at Enel Green Power Hellas integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business, constantly seeking out new solutions to further improve our environmental and social footprint. With the active involvement of stakeholders and rational use of resources, economic and social progress can bring about truly shared value for all those involved. Enel Green Power Hellas contributes to the socio-economic development of local areas and communities where it operates, through a number of practices, from the expansion of infrastructure to educational and training programs, and initiatives aimed at social inclusion in projects that support cultural life in the regions,” said George Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power Hellas.

The Quality Net Foundation is a non-profit network of responsible organizations and active citizens, operating as a multi-stakeholder interactive platform that promotes social responsibility in the private and public sector as well as the wider civil society with a view to bring about sustainable development and social cohesion. The Foundation researches social and business trends, tracks social needs at the national level, builds partnerships with institutional and scientific bodies, and also supports organisations that embody social responsibility.

Enel Green Power Hellas is the Enel Group’s company dedicated to the development and management of power generation from renewable sources in Greece. In the country, the Enel Group has a total renewables capacity of approximately 307 MW.

Enel Green Power, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with an installed capacity of 36 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies, such as energy storage systems, in renewable energy plants.




Enel wind farm project strained by court’s temporary suspension

A ruling in a legal case filed by residents of Evia, the country’s second largest island, slighly northeast of wider Athens, and a local environmental protection group, challenging the development of an Enel wind farm investment budgeted at 300 milion euros, is expected to be delivered in no less than two months, possibly even early next year, which places great scheduling pressure on the investment plan.

Ratified RES framework revisions led to an extension of the project’s completion deadline to March, 2019, if the investor is to maintain a fixed feed in tariff already secured.

All work at the Evia wind farm site was interrupted on August 11, based on a Supreme Administrative Court decision that called for an immediate temporary suspension.

The trial was heard earlier this week at the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court. Both sides were given until October 18 to submit a final round of evidence in support of their arguments.

The temporary suspension of work at the Evia site led to the cancellation of an official project ceremony that was to be attended by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni as part of his recent official visit to Greece.

Enel’s Evia wind farm case highlights investment hurdles

A legal case challenging renewable energy facility licenses issued by Greek authorities to Italy’s Enel for the development of what would be Greece’s biggest wind farm, in Evia, the country’s second largest island, slighly northeast of wider Athens, is now underway, once again bringing to the fore the obstacles and delays faced by major investments, especially ones concerning wind energy farm development.

The case was filed at the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, by three island residents representing a local environmental protection group. Construction of the Evia project, an investment worth 300 million euros, began last summer, on June 28, but was interrupted on August 11, when the Supreme Administrative Court issued a ruling calling for the immediate temporary suspension of all work on the project.

It is fully licensed, having obtained permits from various local authorities, including town planning, environmental and archaeological.

This court decision prompted the cancellation of an official ceremony in Evia, intended to mark the commencement of work. The ceremony was to be attended by the Greek and Italian prime ministers, as part of the Italian leader Paolo Gentiloni’s recent visit to Greece.

The Evia project, being developed by Enel’s Greek subsidiary, Enel Green Power Hellas, in Kafirea, southern Evia, is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2019. If finalized, it will represent Greece’s biggest wind farm possessing an annual production capacity of 483 GWh, cover the electricity needs of 129,000 households, and cut CO2 emissions by 433,000 tons per year.

The project plan entails linking the wind farm with a 150 kV submarine cable to transmit energy to the mainland.





Investors spooked by court block on Enel’s Evia wind farm

Wind energy players in Greece are deeply troubled by a temporary court order blocking the development of a major wind farm project being developed by Italy’s Enel in south Evia’s Kafirea region.

The company, itself, remained restrained in its reaction to the decision, issued by the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, noting that its acknowledges the ruling and will fully comply with its demands, while adding that it has fulfilled all licensing regulations and submitted to the court all documents required for the project’s recommencement.

Competitor RES firms were less subdued in their responses. “This is a negative message that does not at all contribute to the generation of a positive investment climate at a time when the country is seeking to become attractive to investors again,” one company official told energypress.

A final court verdict is expected in October. The project must remain stagant until then. Enel needed to clear a bureaucratic course requiring the approval of no less than 25 public sector agencies before gaining its environmental license for the project.

Enel, one of the world’s biggest renewable energy players operating locally through its Greek subsidiary Enel Green Power Hellas, has called for a special hearing in September, which could enable work on the investment in Evia, an island slightly northeast of the wider Athens area, to recommence sooner.

The court’s block was prompted after a local environmental protection group and three residents of Evia’s Karystos area legally challenged a series of 27 ministerial decisions made by the energy ministry to endorse the project’s development.

The plaintiffs argue that the project’s eight wind farms planned for development will be installed at forest land inducted into Natura 2000, a network of environmentally protected natural areas in the EU.

Enel’s Evia investment in Kafirea ranks as one of the biggest foreign investments to be made in Greece over the past few years. The project, initiated last June, is worth 300 million euros and planned to have a total capacity of 167 MW.