Market Report, "Italy Power Report Q3 2014", published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Aug 13 2014

Italy is trying hard to appeal to international investors, with the government reorganising its holdings in gas and power grid networks, and signing investment fund agreements with potential trade partners, such as Russia. But the country is still suffering in the face of economic challenges, and the austerity measures proposed to turn the economy around are unpopular. As such, it is of little surprise that E.ON has officially announced the will to sell its Italian operations with Gazprom , Edison and Erg rumoured as potential buyers. In addition, the sluggish economic performance is also having an impact on electricity consumption levels - we have lowered our forecasts last quarter. In the short term at least, we forecast that the renewable energy sector and transmission and distribution projects present the best opportunities for growth.

Gas-fired power plants account for just under half of Italy's electricity generation capacity, and this figure is unlikely to change over our ten-year forecast period 2014-2013; but a government ruling means this gas will come from conventional sources and not shale gas exploration. The gas-fired power market is likely to see changes over the course of our forecast period, however, given E.ON's announcement it is considering selling its Italian assets. Italy has no nuclear power stations and following a referendum in mid-2011, Italians voted against turning to nuclear sources of power.

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During the 2013-2023 period, Italy's overall power generation is expected to increase by an annual average of 1.2%, to reach 305.1TWh. Driving this growth is an annual 2.6% gain in gas-fired power. Coal-fired generation is expected to fall by 1.7% per annum, with the use of oil-fuelled generation to drop by an annual average of 11.3% over the period.

Following an estimated decrease in 2013 real GDP of 1.8%, BMI forecasts average annual growth of 0.7% between 2014 and 2023. Over 2013-2023, the average annual growth...

The Italy Power Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and independent forecasts covering electricity generation (coal, gas, oil, nuclear, hydro and non-hydro renewables), electricity consumption, trade, transmission and distribution losses and electricity generating capacity.

The Italy Power Report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing national and multinational operators by sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

Key Benefits

* Use BMI's independent industry forecasts for Italy to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic planning in the power market.

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