Electricity more 'dear? fault of the oil, not renewables

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According to an analysis by ANIE / GIFI the average electricity price increase for the quarter 2012 is primarily attributable to changes in the cost of fossil fuels. The increase is attributable to the incentives it paid to support the photovoltaic Italian except for a small part, says The Christmas Valerio, President of GIFI-ANIE a result of an analysis conducted on data provided by the Energy Electricity and Gas (AEEG).

From 1 January 2012, the reference price of electricity will be 17.305 cents per kilowatt hour, including taxes. The average annual expenditure of the typical family will amount to 467 euros 32 euros of which will be committed to encourage photovoltaics.

The increase in expenditure forecasts are never pleasant news - Christmas continues. Recent surveys and polls conducted by independent institutes have shown, however, that Italian families are positively disposed to make their contribution, about 2.7 euros per month to support an industry that has so far created more than 100,000 direct jobs and indirect employment for mostly young people, drawn into about 4 billion euros in taxes to the State and placed Italy as the first market in the world in 2011. All this without forgetting the huge environmental impact in terms of reduction of harmful emissions through the use of a source of clean energy such as solar photovoltaics.

According to calculations made by ANIE / GIFI decided increase of 4.9% of the kilowatt hour, compared to the last quarter of 2011, was due to photovoltaic for only 15%, compared to 76% due to the change in fuel costs fossils and the remaining 9% from increases in other charges system.

'There is therefore instrumental - Christmas argument - attributed solely the responsibility of photovoltaic electricity price increases occurred in January. There also appears instrumental attempt to demonize the facilities on agricultural land as today, according to an analysis of ANIE / GIFI, the area occupied by photovoltaic plants amounts to 0.12% of the UAA (Utilized Agricultural Area) estimated by ISTAT in 2011 . In addition, the IV Energy Bill introduced restrictions on sensitive construction of large plants in these areas'.

'Finally, remember that the use of photovoltaic technology - concludes Christmas - has contributed in 2011 to cover about 3% of national demand for electricity, avoiding the costs of importing from abroad and making our country less dependent on the precarious global geopolitical balance. '

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