In 2016, new installed wind power capacity in Italy totaled 282.60 MW. Cumulative installed capacity at the end of the year reached 9,257 MW. 136 new turbines were deployed, bringing the total number of installed wind turbines to approximately 6,620. Wind-generated electricity increased from 14.6 TWh in 2015 to 17.4 TWh in 2016. This electricity production corresponds to about 5.6% of total demand.
Wind operators and associations have developed studies and deployment proposals for the repowering of old wind farms. In 2016, Italy adjusted the annual quota to 800 MW for land-based wind power capacity, which has been assigned through tender. This is a significant increase from the 500 MW quota set in 2015.
As in previous years, foreign producers supplied most of the multi-megawatt turbines installed in 2016. Few Italian industries currently engage in large wind turbine manufacturing; however, Italian industries do have a strong presence in the small wind energy systems market.
Wind energy R,D&D activities have been carried out by the following entities: universities; Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RES); the National Research Council (CNR); and the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA).