Charging columns: about 250 working days to connect them to the electricity grid

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Up to 250 working days: so many are needed to be able to take advantage of a functioning charging column. This is suggested by a research carried out by, a website specialized in electron mobility, which analyzed the fundamental steps to pass from the project of installing a column to its definitive activation. The fault of this extreme slowness, ca va sans dire, is to be found in our local bureaucracy.

So much so that “almost 15% of the 23,275 recharging points surveyed today in Italy are still awaiting connection to the grid, or are already identified and planned, but still wrapped up in complex authorization procedures”. And often the cause of these anomalies is a disheartening combination between the shortcomings of the Municipalities and the quibbles in which energy sellers and distributors end up wrapping themselves up.

“It is estimated that 250 working days elapse between the installation request and the entry into operation of a plant and only about thirty of these are destined for the physical execution of the works”, concludes As a result, “for connection to the network alone, 15 steps are required, some of which require undefined or biblical times, about 90 days on average for the authorizations pertaining to local authorities, involved in various of its technical and urban planning functions “.

However, as mentioned above, it is not only the fault of the Public Administrations: once the authorizations have been obtained, in fact, “the operator can request authorization to power it by connecting it to the electricity grid. He turns to the seller, and the latter to the distributor. Both of them draw up an estimate of the costs that the applicant can accept or reject because it is too expensive. In this second case, all the previous work is to be thrown away “. Twisted dynamics that risk undermining the 2030 target of 110,000 public recharging points, set by the National Infrastructure Plan for Recharging Electricity-Powered Vehicles (PNIRE).

Solution? A drastic and necessary de-bureaucracy that simplifies the installation process of the columns and greater promptness in connecting them to the electricity network. “The law provides for the instrument of a simplified services conference: that would be the suitable seat to authorize both the works and the occupation of public land, and the connection to the network. It is estimated that a reform of this type would be enough to reduce the average time to 45-60 days ”.

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