Our history 130 years of history. Our Birth from 1881 to 1898 1881 Giuseppe Colombo recognises the potential of electricity ... Giuseppe Colombo recognises the potential of electricity and creates the ‘Committee for the Promotion of the Electric Energy in Italy’ in Milan. Read more 1882 Committee for the Use of Electricity in Italy ... Taking the name 'Committee for the Use of Electricity in Italy using the Edison System' it purchases the old Santa Radegonda theatre and installs the 'Jumbo' generators. Read more 1883 Santa Radegonda The first electricity plant for the continuous distribution of energy in continental Europe ... Santa Radegonda, the first electricity plant for the continuous distribution of energy in continental Europe, becomes operational in Milan. On December 26, La Scala Theatre is lit up by electricity for the first time for the Première of Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda”. The theatre lighting is powered by energy from the Santa Radegonda plant. Read more 1884 On January 6 the “Società Generale Italiana di Elettricità Sistema Edison” (General Italian Edison-System Electric Company) is founded in Milan with a capital of 3 million lire. Read Close 1887 An agreement is signed with the Municipality of Milan to supply public street lighting. Construction works for a power station in Milan begin. Read Close 1893 The tramway system in Milan. 1897 Porta Volta power station. The Porta Volta power station comes into operation ... Porta Volta power station comes into operation and Edison signs a 20-year agreement with the Municipality of Milan for electricity supply to the Milan tramway system through to 1916. Read more 1898 Bertini hydroelectric power station. Water becomes the ‘white coal’ as hydroelectric power ... Water becomes the ‘white coal’ as hydroelectric power gets increasingly developed. The Bertini hydroelectric power station opens at Paderno d’Adda using the most powerful generators (9,500 Kw) then in use in Italy and Europe. Read more The Italian industrial development: from 1914 to 1990 1914 The Cornate d’Adda power station opens. Later renamed in memory of Carlo Esterle. 1919 Maria Artini, Italy’s first woman graduate in electrical engineering, begins work at Edison. She helps in the design and construction of the first extra high-voltage electricity line (130 kV) in Italy, known as the Brugherio Parma. From 1936 to 1946 she runs the Edison statistics department before returning to work with extra high-voltage networks (220 and 250 kV). Read Close 1920 The Calusco d’Adda power station opens. The plant will be later renamed after Guido Semenza. Read Close 1923 The company moves to Foro Buonaparte. The company moves its headquarters... The company moves its headquarters to the former head offices of the Mediterranean Railway Company, built in 1892 by architect Enrico Combi, at Foro Buonaparte 31, Milan. Read more 1930 The Electric House. Following a suggestion by Gio Ponti ... Following a suggestion by Gio Ponti, Edison aks Gruppo 7 to build the Electric House, an early example of rationalist architecture displaying all household uses of electricity: from lamps and household appliances to fans and ozonizers. The Electric House will be the first example of Italian architecture to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of New York (1932). Read more 1931 Edison begins to supply gas to residential customers in Milan. Read Close 1932 The Electric House goes on show at the Museum of Modern Art [MoMA] in New York. It is one of the first examples of rationalist architecture realized in Italy, built by Gruppo 7 and Piero Bottoni with the contribution of Edison. Read Close 1937 Ferruccio Parri, later Prime Minister and one of the founding fathers of the Italian Constitution, is appointed head of Economic Affairs at Edison. Read Close 1946 Edison is one of the founders of CISE [Centre for Information, Studies and Experiences] for the construction of the first nuclear reactor in Italy. Read Close 1947 Edison and Ermanno Olmi. 1951 Official opening of the Santa Giustina dam; 152 meters in height, it is the tallest in Europe. The same year a young Ermanno Olmi starts work at Edison. His job is to organise entertainment for the company’s employees, most notably involving cinema. Olmi films the construction of the power plants and the workers at work, producing around 40 documentaries of enormous historical value. Read Close 1954 Italian technology conquers international markets. E.g. Panedile Peruana is created in Peru to build hydroelectric plants in the Andes. In Brazil Edisonbras is established to build hydroelectric and thermoelectric plants. The company begins hydrocarbon exploration in Central and Southern Italy and Sicily. Read Close 1958 Edison begins oil and gas exploration abroad. Read Close 1963 As an effect of nationalization law in Italy, Edison ceases to operate in the electricity sector, though it retains ownership of the power plants supplying its industrial plants. Read Close 1966 The hareholders agree to merge Edison with Montecatini. On March 26 the shareholders ... On March 26 the shareholders agree to merge Edison with Montecatini, Italy’s biggest chemicals group. The merger takes place on July 7 and the company's name is changed to "Montecatini Edison S.p.A". Read more 1969 The company’s name is abbreviated to Montedison. 1972 Montedison group is completely reorganized. Key business activities are organized into ten divisions ... Key business activities are organized into ten divisions. The power generating plants, hydrocarbons business and Milan Gas Company are absorbed into the parent’s services division. Read more 1979 In January a new company SELM (Servizi Elettrici Montedison) is created, wholly owned by Montedison. On March 10 the company’s 21 hydroelectric power generation plants and the two thermoelectric power plants at Porto Marghera are transferred to SELM. The Montedison Services Division continues to run the Milan Gas Company and to conduct research in hydrocarbons. Read Close 1981 In July, Montedison sells the Gas Company to the Municipality of Milan, holder of a pre-emptive option to purchase. Read Close 1987 Vega, the biggest oil platform in the Mediterranean Which is still operational today ... Which is still operational today, comes into operation off Pozzallo (Sicily). This is the most important Italian oilfield. A joint venture between SELM and Shell known as MonteShell acquires all of Total's Italian business. Read more 1990 In accordance with the government’s National Energy Plan, the company begins a long-term project to build new combined cogenerated cycle thermoelectric power plants at Montedison’s sites, bringing Edison's installed thermoelectric capacity to 2400 MW in five years, and calling for investments of approximately 2,000 billion lire. Read Close The new Edison: from 1991 to 2010 1991 The company change the name to Edison S.p.A. The SELM shareholder’s assembly of June 18 votes to change the name of the company to Edison S.p.A. 1992 Edison Gas consolidates its leadership among Italian private operators by buying Deutsche Shell’s mineral interests in Italy. Read Close 1995 In January Edison sells its 50% stake in MonteShell (fuel distribution). In December, Edison and Électricité de France finalize the acquisition of ISE, Italy’s second-largest private electricity producer. Read Close 1996 In December the 500 MW CET 3 plant in Taranto is completed belonging to the subsidiary ISE. This is the world's first power station to use three waste gases recovered from iron and steel manufacture in a combined cogenerated cycle. Read Close 1997 The Bussi power plant is the first Italian electricity plant to receive UNI EN ISO 14001 environmental certification. Read Close 1998 With the purchase of SAG Adriatica Gas of Padua (later renamed Edison D.G - Gas Distribution) Edison returns to the retail gas distribution sector. Read Close 1999 New legislation paves the way for a progressive liberalization of the energy markets reintroducing competition to electricity and gas. Edison is immediately a key player in this new market, supplying electricity to private customers and increasing its presence in the gas sector. Read Close 2000 Montedison takes over control of Falck and its subsidiary Sondel, which operates in the electricity industry. Read Close 2001 In the summer Italenergia (Fiat, Edf, Tassara, Banca Roma, Banca Intesa, San Paolo) makes a public tender offer for Montedison and Edison, taking them over. Read Close 2002 The merger of Montedison, Edison, Sondel and Fiat Energia gives birth to a new company that keeps the Edison name. Read Close 2005 Inauguration of the Candela station. The most efficient and eco-friendly thermoelectric plant in Europe. 2008 In September Edison enters the residential market supplying electricity to households. Read Close 2009 Edison wins an international contract for Abu Qir in Egypt. On the heels of its successful foray into the electricity sector ... On the heels of its successful foray into the electricity sector, Edison broadens its offering to households to include natural gas. In November the Rovigo regasification terminal goes on stream. This facility is the first offshore installation of its kind, a global example of technological innovation. The same year Edison wins an international contract for the rights to carry out offshore hydrocarbon exploration and production at Abu Qir in Egypt. Read more 2010 By November, only two years after entering the residential market, Edison reaches the one million customer milestone. The same year Edison returns to La Scala to light up the Première with renewable energy produced in its own power plants. Read Close Today 2012 Edison becomes part of EDF Group. A global leader in the energy market, which currently holds 99.48% of the company’s shares. 2013 Launch of the Edison Start award. Edison marks its 130th anniversary with the launch of the Edison Start award, aimed at supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. 2017 The hydro plant in Pizzighettone. Edison launches the smart living solutions and inaugurates the hydro plant in Pizzighettone, Italy.