Emilio Sani

Lawyer qualified in cassation

Energy Law, Public Services, Contract Works

Emilio Sani born in Milan, in 1969. Lawyer qualified to the High Court (Corte di Cassazione).

Founder of the Law Firm Sani Zangrando Avvocati (Sazalex)

  • Expertise

    He advises both Italian and foreign clients. His clients are producers of energy, utilities, investment funds, developers of energy projects, traders of energy, big customers of energy (as chemical plants) and are both Italian and overseas companies.
    He is advisor of the Chairman of X Commission of the Parliament (Senato della Repubblica) for energy matters.

    He has been teacher on: (i) “Public Grants” at the Faculty of Law of University of Pisa, Master for Public Bodies Managers (“Giurista dell’Economia e Manager Pubblico”); (ii) Self-consumption Systems and Electric Tariffs at the Politecnico of Milan, Department of Electrical Engineer. (iii) Italian Energy Market and relevant Regulations, at the Luiss Business School.

    In 2015 he has been one of the co-founder of the no profit Association Italia Solare for the development of renewable energy. As director of the Association Italia Solare he has periodical meetings with GSE S.p.A. and with the political and administrative bodies of the Ministry for Economic Development, Authority for Energy (ARERA), Commissions for the Productive Activities of the Parliament.

    He is chairman of the Surveillance Committee of Sirti Energia.

  • Professional experience

    In his professional career he has acquired experience in all sort of energy matters under Italian and European law. In particular most recent activity has been in:

    • Advising on sale of SPVs owning power plants fueled by renewable sources or authorizations for the construction of power plants;
    • Development, construction, financing and subsequent sale of power plants fueled by renewable sources (more than 400 MWs in aggregate in the last years) for international and domestic groups;
    • Development, construction, financing of projects for energy efficiency: development of cogeneration plants and district heating projects, projects for trading of the incentives for energy efficiency – the so called: white certificates, 10 concessions for renewal of public lighting infrastructures;
    • Draft of PPA agreements for both producers and traders;
    • Development of direct lines for self-consumption of energy. He drafted forms of PPAs and operational lease agreements for self-consumption as well forms of energy performance contracts. These forms are adopted as the Italian standard of the market. He has a unique and recognized know how on all matters concerning self-consumption of energy;
    • Assistance to the beneficiaries of incentives for energy efficiency (white certificates), renewable energy (Conto Energia, grin convention, green certificates), in the administrative relations with the authority of control (GSE S.p.A.) and in the related disputes before the administrative courts;
    • Assistance to the traders of energy in the administrative relations with the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority (ARERA) and in the related disputes before the administrative Court, as well in their relations with customers;
    • Arbitrations (both as arbitrator and attorney) and civil court proceedings concerning acquisition of projects or disputes with the contractor of the construction or maintenance of the power plants or with bordering landowners;
    • Advising big consumers of energy on electricity tariffs and on exemptions from surcharges for support to the renewables.

    He also accrued material experience in the sector of wastes and water. In particular

    for the wastes:

    (i) in the development and construction of plants for the disposal of wastes and (ii) in the procedures for the approval of remediation plans also in sites of national interest (iii) In all matters concerning the relation with the citizens living in the bordering areas and related disputes

    For the water

    (i) Development of pipelines for the transmission and the distribution of the water (ii) award of the concessions for the integrated service (iii) related financing arrangements

  • Education

    He obtained his Law degree magna cum laude at the University of Milan (1993). From 1994 to 2000 he worked in the Law firm of Professor Guido Greco specialized in energy and construction law.

  • Memberships

    Admitted to Bar and to the Superior Courts. He is member of the Bar of Milan from 1997. He is member of the International Bar Association (member of the International Construction Projects Committee). He has also been co-chair of the Young Construction Lawyers Conference of the International Bar Association in 2004.

  • Languages

    Italian, English.

  • Conferences and seminars
    • “Digitalization of Energy. Is the regulation updated?”, Rinergia, January 8, 2019
    • “Digitalization an opportunity for customers and business. The Eu rules and the contractual structures” Forum Italia Solare December 11, 2019;
    • “Policies for the sustainability of the islands: benchmarking of the islands within the Observatory Focus Group”, Observatory Greening the Islands, Rome November 6, 2018;
    • “Electric charges, the principles of the regulation and tax profiles”, National Conference on Electric Mobility, September 27, 2018
    • “Market parity and grid parity opportunities” Solarplaza webinair, 25 Maggio 2018;
    • “Energy Communities”, Enostra, Rimini, November 6th, 2018;
    • “Prosumers and aggregators. Legal and regulatory aspects”, Rome, May 8, 2018 conference organized in the context of the European project PVP4grid
    • “The new incentives to PV Plants” Modena, April 20, 2018, ITALIA SOLARE tour
    • “Private Grids, Closed distribution systems and aggregators”, Milan, March 16, 2018 in the context of the MCE exhibition
    • “The Capacity Market”, Verona, November 16th 2017, conference organized by the Association of Engineers of Verona
    • “Self-consumption and operational Lease”, November 8th, 2017 at the workshop organized by Key Solar International Exhibition for Energy Products in Rimini
    • “The Feed in Tariff decree to grant incentives to renewables on small islands” at the GREENING THE ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL CONFERENCE on November 3rd – 4th 201, Island of Favignana (Sicily)
    • “Power Purchase Agreements” at the seminary on Opportunities for Photovoltaic in Italy and Overseas, organized by Dupont on October 11th, 2017 in Rome
    • “The self-production and the scenarios of clean energy package of EU” Legambiente, Rome, May, 2017
    • “Electric tariffs for industrial clients”, Florence, March 2017
    • “PV: Operational Lease and self-consumption”. Webinar by – February, 20th 2017
    • Storage, the future of PV in Italy” – Workshop organized by Qualenergia.It, Rome, December 1st, 2016
    • “Incentives to renewable energy” – Business International, Milan, September 21st, 2016;
    • “E-MOBILITY: the open access to the chargers”, Milan, Aprii 21st, 2016
    • “The new incentives to the production of thermal energy from renewable sources”, Atiqual, Trento, April 14th, 2016
    • “Electric mobility for corporations, the advantages” — Gruppo Italia Energia at GSE Rome, March 3rd, 2016
    • “Lesson on electric self-consumption”, Laurea Magistrale in Electrical Engineering — Smart Grids, Politecnico Milan, January 26th, 2016
    • “How to operate in the Italian PV market in 2016” — Qualenergia, Rome, December 2nd, 2015
    • “Reduction of energy cost in the industry”—Confindustria, Brescia, 23rd October 2015
    • “Self-consumption systems”, Business International – Rome, October 8th, 2015
    • “Saving with self-consumption systems” in collaboration with Area Energia & Ambiente of TIS Innovation Park —Bolzano, September 11th, 2015
    • “Cogeneration and self-consumption systems”, Business International- Rome, July 15, 2015
    • “Energy performance of buildings” – Milan, July 14th, 2015
    • “How to safeguard incentives and Pv Plants”, QualEnergia – Rome, July 1st, 2015
    • “Storage systems”, Business International – Rome, June 25th, 2015
    • M2M Forum- “The self-consumption systems”,— Milan, Aprii 29th, 2015
    • “The self-consumptions systems”, SolarExpo — Milan, April 8th and 10th, 2015
    • “The economic and contractual relations between the provider of the storage service and the beneficiary” Milan, March 2015, Business International
    • “PPA between producer and customers in the self-consumption Systems: price duration, feasibility”, Milan, February 24th, 2015, INVEX
    • “As to improve the investment in the PV Plants”, Rome December 2014, Qualenergia;
    • “Practically how to develop a self-consumption system”, Politecnico di Milano, November 5th, 2014
    • “Self-consumption systems” Solarplaza, Milan, 2014
    • “PPAs between producer and customer in the self-consumption systems”, Business International Milan, October 23rd, 2014
    • “Obstacles to the development of the ESCO business”, Verona, July 2014, Quotidiano Energia;
    • “Contractual relations in the self-consumption systems”, Rome, May 21st, 2014, Business International
    • “PPA between producer and consumer in the self-consumption systems”, Milan, Solarexpo, May 8th, 2014
    • “PV and self-consumption systems”, organized by Business International, Milan, March 26th, 2014
    • “Export credit opportunities”, Milan, January 23rd 2014
    • “Distributed generation of energy new opportunities”. Milan, November 26th, 2013
    • “New rules for start up””, Milan, November 20th, 2013
    • “Energy efficiency, opportunities and financial instruments”, Modena, 19 November 2013
    • “Self-consumption the future of PV in Italy”, Milan, October 8th, 2013
    • “Support to energy efficiency, Analysis of regulations and contractual and commercial proposals”, Milan, Aprii 2013
    • “New trends for PV Plants”, yearly APER meeting on photovoltaic source, February 14, 2013
    • “Incentive to the renewables: instructions”, — In-depth seminars — APER. Milan, November 12th, 2012
    • “The new decrees and the incentive systems for renewables. The opportunities given by the energy efficiency regulations. The incentive system in Romania”. Milan, October 12, 2012
    • “Renewable sources and energy efficiency”, Palazzo Banca D’Alba. Alba, Cuneo, June 2012
    • “Opportunities of the distributed generation”, Meeting Aper organized by Solarexpo, Fiera di Verona, May, 2012
    • “Lawyer Course on Renewable Energies Law”, Milan – APER, April 2011
    • “Foreign investments: focus on renewable energy”, Roundtable organized by Invitalia, Agenzia nazionale per l’attrazione degli investimenti e lo sviluppo d’impresa SpA.. Rome, December 2010
    • “Lawyer Course on Renewable Energies Law”, Milan – APER, November 2010
    • “Which future for renewables energy”. Toplegal. Milan, October 2010
    • “Contractual instruments concerning the realization of plants and its relative guarantees”. Italian Photovoltaic Academy, Bari, March 2010
    • “Developments in the bioenergy sector, An opportunity of cooperation among Italian and Danish Companies”, a conference organised by the Trade Council of Denmark. Milan, March 2010
    • “Round table renewable sources: from project acquisition to financing and development”: Regulatory, tax and financial issues. Roundtable Toplegal. Milan, October 2009
    • “The new Decree on renewable sources: news and practical issues”, Milan, January 2009
    • Project finance and renewable energies: who determines the trends? The new role of sponsors and banks”: Roundtable. Toplegal. Milan, February 2008
  • Articles and publications
      • “Digitalization of Energy. Is the regulation updated?”, Rinergia, January 8, 2019
      • “Self-consumption and renewables, the position of EU Council”, interview to Emilio Sani, Qualenergia, January 9th, 2018
      • “A distributed system for production of energy is necessary” Interview to Emilio Sani on Elementi (official paper of GSE S.p.A.), n. 42, December 2017
      • “Tax amortization of PV Plants, over and iperamortization”, Nextville 2017
      • “Which tariffs for electric cars?” Staffetta Quotidiana, May, 27th 2016
      • “Charging points for electric cars, the issues of a new market”, Energia Media, May 2016
      • “The charge of electric cars. The Italian and EU regulation”, Quotidiano Energia, February 26, 2016
      • “The payment of the surcharges on the bill of electricity for high tension clients”, QualEnergia, February 9th, 2016
      • “How to operate in the PV market in Italy in 2016- Analysis of the current regulation and of the necessary changes”, Qualenergia, Speciale Tecnico, December 17th, 2015
      • “The increase of efficiency in the incentivized PV Plant, the role of the provider of maintenance services”, Qualenergia, December 2014
      • “Energy performance contracts. Looking for solutions.” Quotidiano Energia July 2014
      • “The new rules on self-consumption”, Staffetta Quotidiana, January 10th, 2014
      • “Self-consumption technical manual for use”, Qualenergia, March 2014
      • “Self-consumption systems, the support to the distributed generation of energy”, Staffetta Quotidiana, June 2012
      • Interview to Emilio Sani, Panorama Economy, April 2012
      • Interview to Emilio Sani on Quarto Conto energia, TopLegal, September 2011
      • “New decree on renewables a manual”, Staffetta Quotidiana, June 2011
      • “Insurance on renewable projects”, Assicura, March 2011
      • “Regulator aspects and incentives of the bioenergy market in Italy”, December 2010
      • “Commercial contracts (maintenance supply and construction) for photovoltaic plants and wind farms”, November 2010
      • “Photovoltaic incentives: the new ministerial decree of August 6, 2010 on incentives”, October 2010
      • “Feed-in Tariff, the new decree regulation. The explanatory note by Emilio Sani”, Staffetta Quotidiana, July 2010
      • “New opportunities for the renewable sources market: regulator aspects and incentives of the bioenergy market in Italy”, Toplegal e Toplegal International, May 2010
      • “Bioenergy, Denmark proposes its techniques to Italy. Parade of North Europe Companies in Milan attracted by business opportunities. High technology for biomass plants. Focus on facilities. Interview by Emilio Sani”, ItaliaOggi, March 2010
      • “Bioenergy, the regulatory framework and the incentives”, Staffetta Quotidiana, March 2010
      • “The new Decree on renewable sources”, September 2009;
      • “Structure of commercial contracts for wind farms in a project finance structure”, Aper; November 2008
      • “Contracts and safety at work”, November 2008
      • He has contributed the Italian chapter to the PLC Cross-border “Environment Handbook” both in its first (2006/2007) and second (2007/2008) and third edition (2008/2009).