For the resolution of problems regarding their supply contracts, customers can avail of extrajudicial dispute resolution tools known as ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
. ADR tools are procedures envisaged by law and industry regulations through which customers can find a common solution with their service provider, with no need for recourse to ordinary courts.
There has been a great increase in the use of ADR in recent decades because it has proven a fast and effective means to resolve conflicts between customers and suppliers. It is one of the least expensive tools available to consumers and at times the procedures are free.
Legislative Decree 130/2015 came into force on 3 September 2015. It implements Directive 2013/11/EU on the alternative resolution of consumers’ disputes, laying down a comprehensive framework governing ADR.
On 5 May 2016, the Authority for Electricity, Gas and the Water System adopted the Integrated Text on extra-judicial dispute resolution procedures between customers or end users and operators or service providers in the sectors regulated by the Authority for Electricity, Gas and the Water system - Integrated Text on Conciliation (TICO).
This provision governs the procedure for the mandatory attempt at settlement of disputes between end customers of low and/or medium voltage electricity, end customers of low pressure gas, prosumers or end users and operators or service providers.
Therefore, end customers who remain dissatisfied with the handling of their complaints or have received no reply are required - from 1 January 2017 - to make an attempt with an ADR tool before resorting to the ordinary courts.
Enel plays an active role in ADR procedures, such as the Energy Customer Conciliation Service AU and Joint Negotiation (in the light of the regulatory protocol with the consumer associations). Enel has also made a significant contribution for the purposes of the mandatory attempt at settlement, required after the entry into force of the provisions contained in the TICO (1 January 2017).
Enel also participates in the Assisted Negotiation procedure according to the requirements contained in the legal text establishing it, in observance of the provisions of the Authority for Electricity, Gas and the Water System and in accordance with the requirements of the coordination documents (consolidated acts, codes, decrees and ministerial circulars) that will regulate the establishment of mandatory attempts at settlement.
Some useful links and addresses:
For information and access to the Energy Conciliation Service
introduced by the Authority with Resolution260/2012/E/com visit our website at:
For information on the Joint Negotiation
procedure between Enel and the consumer associations visit the website at:
To forward invitations to the Assisted Negotiation
PO Box 1100 - 85100 Potenza