In May 2004, the government decided on the unification of Terna with GRTN by October 2005.
In April 2004, the government requested GRTN to build a new transmission line between Italy and Switzerland that would allow an increase of electricity import capacity of around 1,300 MW, i.e.
The number of companies allowed to supply electricity in the system is 34 while there is a single purchaser (Acquirente Unico) that is responsible for delivering electricity through GRTN to lower-demand consumers, who are still constrained in the choice of the electricity supplier.
First, since the bids are closed one day in advance, GRTN is now in a position to better predict available supply for the following day.
Table 2: Main Operators (*) in the Italian Electricity Market--Demand Side Jun-09 Dec-09 Jun-10 Dec-10 Operator Share Operator Share Operator Share Operator Share GRTN
33.6 Bilateral 30.2 Bilateral 40.8 Bilateral 39.2 Agreement Agreement Agreement ENEL P 18.7 SINGLE 23.9 SINGLE 14.1 SINGLE 16.1 SINGLE 17.4 BUYER BUYER BUYER BUYER ENEL P 17.1 ENEL P 12.9 ENEL P 11.9 EDISON T.
The French and Italian transmission network managers, RTE and GRTN
, have meanwhile announced plans to implement this agreement which expands available capacity and puts an end to a system whereby the two countries organised cross border transmissions separately, complicating procedures excessively for network users keen to conduct international transactions.
The procedures and timetable for making the payments are set in contracts concluded with the various recipients.The recipient companies are: DEPA (Greece); REE and Enagas (Spain); Gaz de France (France); GRTN
(Italy); Svenska Kraftn"t (Sweden) and National Grid (United Kingdom).
In December 2001, Sonelgaz signed an agreement with the Italian network operator Gestore della Rete di Trasmissione Nazionale (GRTN
) to jointly operate a marine cable that will run along a gas pipeline to be built to Italy through Sardinia.