Italy: net electricity imports 2000-2018

In Italy, the net imports of electricity oscillated between a peak of 10.8 million tons of oil equivalent (TOE) in 2005 and an all-time low of 8.1 million tons of oil equivalent in 2016. In 2018, the net electricity imports amounted to 9.7 million tons of oil equivalent.

 Domestic production of electricity 

The domestic production of electricity peaked in 2005 , when it reached 290.6 terawatt hours. Thereafter, the net amount of electricity generated in Italy steadily decreased until 2014, before constantly increasing again until 2017. The main sources deployed to generate electricity were natural gas and renewables . Between 2015 and 2017, the share of natural gas in the electricity mix increased from 30.62 percent to 42.34 percent, whereas the portion of production covered by renewable sources decreased from 40.79 percent to 36.6 percent.    

Electricity consumption

Overall, the level of electricity consumption increased over time, even though not steadily. In 2017, the total electricity consumption amounted to 301,880.5 terawatt hours . The industry and the tertiary sectors accounted for most of the consumption , followed by the household sector. The agricultural sector recorded the lowest level of electricity consumption.

Net electricity imports in Italy in selected years between 2000 and 2018

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Toe: ton(s) of oil equivalent.
** Data for 2018 are provisional.

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