Delegation meets Under-Secretary of State in Rome
A delegation from the South Tyrol Energy Association travelled to Rome to meet Silvia Velo, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment, to discuss district heating from biomass plants, the strategic orientation of government energy legislation and the energy landscape in South Tyrol.
Since its beginnings the South Tyrol Energy Association has actively campaigned for the interests of its members – in South Tyrol, in Brussels and of course also with the government in Rome. On 16 July a delegation from the Association together
with a number of South Tyrolean politicians met the Under-Secretary of State, Silvia Velo, at the Environment Ministry in Rome for a full and collaborative exchange of views. The high-level meeting was organised by the South Tyrol Energy
Association and South Tyrolean People’s Party deputy Albrecht Plangger. Among those present were Senator Hans Berger (SVP), Albrecht Plangger, Association Chairman Hanspeter Fuchs, Association Deputy Chairman Georg Wunderer, Association CEO Rudi Rienzner and Walter Righini, Chairman of the Italian Federation of Renewable Energy Producers FIPER (Federazione italiana produttori di energia da fonti rinovabili).
FIPER represents 86 biomass plants in Italy, most of which are located in South Tyrol. The further development and promotion of sustainable supply via district heating were also central items on yesterday’s agenda. In this way, owing to their geographical location and climate conditions, 801 municipalities in northern and central Italian mountain regions, currently not connected to the natural gas network, were able to replace fossil fuels with environmentally friendly heat
using locally available energy sources. The South Tyrol Energy Association delegation therefore advocated the expansion of district heating supply, tax incentives and an appropriate legislative framework. Other topics at the meeting were the
diversity of the energy landscape in South Tyrol, large hydropower plants and the strategic direction of Italian national energy policy.