Renewable Energy Without Peace: An Open Confrontation for the Commissioner


Mario Draghi asked for a change of pace. Since the reassurances of the Minister of Moths, Roberto Cingolani, were not enough, the Prime Minister will do what he wants. To speed up licensing procedures for renewables, an exceptional government commissioner is needed to override the veto power of regulators. Draghi demands it but Bronetta and Giovannini also wants it, grappling with the complex of simplification.

Already tomorrow, at the next CDM session, the appointment could arrive. On the agenda at the moment there is only DL assistance. The last knot must be resolved, overcoming the resistance of Mibac Minister Dario Franceschini.

The prime minister never misses an opportunity to re-propose the need to speed up the licensing process for photovoltaics and wind energy. Simplify the green light procedures for new regasifiers, the vessel to be operated by Snam and the Gioia Tauro and Porte Empedocle plants. The latter was released by virtue of the TAR, but was “banned” due to the 1,000th statement of the regional watchdog willing to refuse to implement it.

Within this tug-of-war, there is a pending Italy that Draghi does not want. There is the wisdom of Cingulani, unwilling to solve problems by appointing another commissioner in Figliolo style. and Franceschini’s need to mediate, to keep his leaders in good shape, who would feel invalidated.

The choice of government – if there is no further pause – will fall to Massimiliano Ateli, the former investigative judge at the Court of Auditors who is now the chair of the Via Benik Benner commission. A series of acronyms that speak volumes about the steps required to adopt a clean energy plant.

Tuscan case

Provincial governors would like to play a separate role. The President of Tuscany, Eugenio Gianni, demanded more differentiated autonomy.
“We need – he said – a mechanism that gives more royalties to the regions: businesses and citizens should be able to benefit from the reduction in the cost of energy.”

Translator: Going forward to the gas-to-gas plant in Piombino and to the photovoltaic and wind power plants, but in return I ask for compensation and more resources. By the way: thanks to geothermal energy, Tuscany produces 30% of its own consumption and the contract with Enel will expire in two years.

In the Netherlands – to look outside the national fence – everyone is thinking about producing clean energy. Even noise barriers are used to install photovoltaic cells on railways and highways. One kilometer of barriers is able to guarantee enough capacity to cover the needs of 50 families. Even if it must be said that the population density and the shape of the territory are quite different and maintenance costs must also be taken into account.

The first sign of Taranto

In Puglia, the Italian Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Private Enterprises (Confapi) denounced 396 projects that had been blocked by the bureaucracy. The opening of a wind farm in Taranto is the first sign. Carlo Martino, President of Confapi Puglia says: “We have shared the best experiences – as Carlo Martino says – there are healthy and strong companies in the region that are already successfully operating in the energy sector. We target offshore wind and green hydrogen. The first – continues Martino – has a low environmental impact and a high production capacity. The second is the best storage system for the energy produced and soon it can also be used for transportation.”

They are companies that do not ask for franchises. They don’t knock for money. “We ask the government to remove the bureaucracy, nothing else, we can do everything ourselves and quickly.”

The mission of the Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti to Tel Aviv, is instead heading in another direction, aiming to establish a cooperative relationship with Israel to relaunch the EastMed project, a “pipeline that connects and allows the transportation of gas but also, from the perspective of the perspective., hydrogen Green product with renewable energies.

Projects in the drawers

Freeing ourselves from Russian gas – 29 billion cubic meters a year, just under 40% of what we use – and from fossil fuels means restoring the economic relationships that were set aside. I left projects in the drawers. This includes a 1,900-kilometre gas pipeline, a third on land, and the rest at sea, which will transport Israeli gas from fields discovered off the coast, in the eastern Mediterranean, to Italy, and in Puglia. Where some environmental associations are already in turmoil and conflict with the potential gas pipeline, considering it too gaseous and polluting.

“The more countries that supply, the better,” the minister said, searching for “reliable countries.” The Israeli export market is constantly growing and can count on two large fields, Tamar and Leviathan, which are able to ensure the country’s self-sufficiency not only for the next 25 years, but also precious resources for investment in clean and renewable energy.


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