GSE is the state-owned company which promotes and supports renewable energy sources (RES) in Italy.
In particular, GSE fosters sustainable development by providing support for renewable electricity (RES-E) generation and by taking actions to build awareness of environmentally-efficient energy uses.
The sole shareholder of GSE is the Ministry of Economy and Finance, which exercises its rights in consultation with the Ministry of Economic Development. GSE is the parent company of three subsidiaries: “Acquirente Unico” (AU) “Gestore dei Mercati Energetici” (GME) and of “Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), which is active in research in the electricity and energy sectors and in projects of strategic interest.
GSE manages support schemes for renewable energy sources (RES) at central level, with different solutions, which take into account the different technologies of the plants and the level of maturity of the related markets.
The granting of support by GSE requires a careful technical assessment of the plants in order to check their compliance with sector-specific legislation.
In the past few years, GSE’s technical responsibilities for qualification and verification of plants have been extended to the assessment of the architectural integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants into buildings and to energy efficiency.
Brief historical overview
"Gestore dei Sistemi Energetici - GSE SpA was previously called Gestore della Rete di Trasmissione Nazionale SpA, then Gestore dei Servizi Elettrici SpA. The company changed its name for the first time on 1 November 2005, after the transfer of part of its assets (management of the national transmission grid) to Terna SpA. Since then, GSE has become increasingly focused on support schemes for renewables and on governance of the Group and its name has reflected its evolving mission".