Italian Energy Sector

The Italian energy sector occupies a pivotal role in the nation’s economy. It is characterized by a diverse array of generation sources and an escalating focus on environmental sustainability.

Energy Production, Transmission, and Distribution Landscape in Italy

The production of energy in Italy falls under some large private and public entities. They distribute energy both nationally and directly to consumers. Moreover, the sector boasts a large gross energy generation capacity of 119.9 GW. Nearly half of that derives from renewable sources.

The transmission network, spanning 74,000 kilometres, falls under the oversight of the exclusive Transmission System Operator (TSO), Terna. It operates under national monopoly regulation and is supervised by ARERA. Additionally, this regulatory body ensures efficacy and safeguards consumer interests within the Italian energy sector. In contrast, the distribution network operates under local monopolies, with over 120 companies overseeing segments from primary substations to end consumers.

Dependency and Transition in Energy

The Italian energy sector still relies on non-renewable sources such as natural gas and oil. Essentially, these resources are imported from countries like Russia, Algeria, and Azerbaijan. However, Italy stands out in Europe as a leading force in transitioning towards cleaner and more efficient energy systems.

Renewable Sources and Regulatory Targets

Renewable sources, including biofuels, cover almost 50% of the installed energy. Hydroelectric, solar, and wind power contribute 20% to the national energy demand. They underscore Italy’s commitment to a diversified and sustainable energy portfolio.

Additionally, national energy policies reflect the overarching goal of reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Moreover, these policies promote energy efficiency, incentives for renewable energies, and smart grids.

Digitalization and Technological Advancements

Digitalization and technological innovation are pivotal in enhancing the Italian energy sector, focusing on smart resource management, precise energy demand forecasting, and the development of resilient networks. The sector has seen significant advancements through:

  • Increased Investments in Digital Technologies: Italian utilities have substantially boosted their investments in digital technologies, leading to notable progress in the sector.
  • Digitization of Business Processes: The adoption of digital processes has streamlined operations, making them more efficient and effective.
  • AI-Driven Remote Monitoring: The use of artificial intelligence for remote monitoring has become widespread, enabling more efficient oversight of energy systems.
  • Advanced Network Management Tools: The deployment of cutting-edge hardware and software has greatly improved network management capabilities.
  • Smart Grids and Meters: The introduction of smart grids and meters is aimed at improving the efficiency of energy distribution and consumption, contributing significantly to the sustainability of the sector.

These innovations collectively represent a leap forward in the sector’s ability to manage resources more smartly and sustainably.

Key Partnerships within the Sector

The Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) represents agricultural producers, industrial suppliers, and institutions promoting anaerobic digestion within the Italian Energy Sector. CIB aims to enhance production processes, shape regulatory frameworks, and promote renewable energy adoption. The goal is to combat climate change, aligning he Italian Energy Sector with the 2050 targets.


Hans, AZZ WSI B.V.

For many years now, Proaxxes has represented our activities on the Italian market in its role as sales representative. Proaxxes stands for precision when it comes to the preparation of project proposals, executions and tender procedures, requiring complex paperwork and strict organisation.

When it comes to excellency in client relationships, I can warmly recommend Proaxxes as a trustworthy partner that knows how to create and maintain a vast network of people in the Italian waste-to-energy, petrochemical and refinery markets: cordially, profound and always accurate in ascertaining the needs and challenges of the plant and technical management, and mapping them to create the best solution. 

Lulof, Airco-Fin B.V.

Occasional requests from Italy for our finned tubes gave us the idea of exploring the market there.

The various research projects executed by Proaxxes led to a more focused marketing and sales plan, with greater successes than in other Mediterranean countries, confirming the importance of the role Proaxxes continues to play for us. That’s because, for a Dutch company, the usual way of doing business in Italy is more difficult than in many other European nations.


Bring your business to new heights. Proaxxes offers comprehensive management and coordination of your company’s operations in Italy.

Proaxxes guides you through the qualification process for tenders, ensuring you are on the supplier list and positioned to bid successfully.

Our multilingual team ensures smooth participation in Italian tenders, guiding you from understanding contract requirements to accurate submission in Italian.