Renewable energies, the first offshore wind farm in Taranto (21/04/2022)

10 turbines located on poles 110 meters high, with a total capacity of 30 megawatts, and are capable of generating clean energy equivalent to about 58 thousand megawatts, covering the needs of 60 thousand people. In 25 years, they will allow to save about 730 thousand tons of carbon dioxide by harnessing the power of the winds guaranteed by the concentration at sea and start the path of environmental and energy transformation that makes Italy far behind compared to others. Countries.. The first offshore wind farm in Italy and the entire Mediterranean It opened this morning in Taranto, in the outer harbor of the port, near the multi-section pier. Beleolic, which respects the environment because it does not consume soil, is a candidate to be a viable alternative to climate-change power plants to produce clean energy in light of reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere as required by European directives. The station was built by Renexia, which distributed power in the region by building a substation to connect to the national electricity grid in Torre Triolo, a few kilometers from the port area.

The opening of the wind farm was welcomed by many people in Taranto, starting with environmental associations that, in a city deeply marked by the environmental and health disaster caused by Ilva pollution, look with particular interest at infrastructure that combines innovation and sustainability. among these Legambiantiwho welcomed the ribbon-cutting by organizing a quick crowd where a banner was opened that read: “Sorry I’m late”. He commented, “After 14 years of delay and institutional ostracism, the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean has finally started in Taranto” Stefano Siavani, National President of Legambiente. “It is an emblematic case of the Cross Cross for our country: the project proposed in 2008 was opposed by the local authorities and received a negative opinion from the supervisory body regarding an incomprehensible visual effect, given the presence of the former Elfa chimneys, the Eni refinery, the cement plant and the cranes of the industrial port ».

For National President Legambiante, there is no doubt: “The Taranto affair, unfortunately, is only the tip of the iceberg. The state should apologize to the companies investing in clean resources in Italy. If we want to shut down all fossil fuel power plants by 2035, we must move forward with developing renewables in Italy, building many wind farms, and many PV plants We must overcome no Regulatory bodies, regions, local administrations, local committees and some environmental associations. All of this is not permissible.”

The topic of renewables and energy technology powered by offshore wind farms was at the heart of the discourse Enrico GiovanniniThe Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, in a video message he sent on the occasion of the opening. “We know that there is a school of thought that opposes wind farms and photovoltaic parks in the name of an element protected by our Constitution: landscape protection which must, however, be taken into account along with other protections which our Constitution, among other things, indicates guarantees the environment , among other things, for the benefit of future generations, as stated in the change in Article 9 of our Constitution recently voted by Parliament.” For this Minister Giovannini He hoped they would findBrokerage solutions also for wind parks, PV and renewable energy initiativesBecause we need it for the well-being of this generation, especially future generations.”

Therefore, the New Marine Taranto is likely to mark the beginning of a serious and articulate reflection on the need to shift the topic of energy transmission from theory to practice. Not surprisingly, during the morning, an agreement was also signed between the Port Authority and Renexia to sell part of the energy produced by Beleolico to Allow total electricity to the port of Taranto. This includes selling at least 10% of the energy produced at a minimum amount of 220 MWh per year.

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