It has now also been confirmed by the Minister of Ecological Transition himself, Roberto Cingolani: “Last quarter the electricity bill increased by 20%, next quarter will increase by 40%“Except for those who can, one might say, but it is very difficult to escape such an increase with an average cost of 247 euros per family over the course of the year.
Because the bill is getting more and more expensive
As we dealt with in the Giornale on newsstands, the reasons are essentially two: the increase in the price of gas at an international level and the increase in the price of CO2 that is produced. The unprecedented rise in price which will arrive starting from next October 1st with the quarterly revision of tariffs has a number of reasons, both financial and geopolitical. The first is linked to the rise in raw materials which, with the economic recovery and the end of the lockdown, has created such a demand that demand is far greater than supply (and here is speculation). The demand for gas has exploded especially in Asia with the LNG boom, the natural gas liquid that is transported by sea that has raised prices all over the world, also putting Europe in crisis, where gas is now used permanently to replace coal for energy production.
This is why Italy is penalized
And here we go: for its energy mix, Italy relies mainly on natural gas. In fact, in 2018, gas represented 45% of our country’s electricity production. And then we are also the second largest importer in Europe (over 90% of the demand), whose price largely depends on the wholesale price. Russia is our main supplier with 32 billion cubic meters imported in 2018 but now the problem is also due to the fuel that is starting to run out. In this way, European gas prices rise exorbitantly reaching record figures. Regardless, the Italian anomaly also consists of charges system, costs that have nothing to do with the price of energy, transport or management. In fact, regardless of what we have written and said so far, the average Italian price is equal to 152.58 euros per megawatt hour against 130 euros in the other states.
Portugal and Spain are now overtaking us
This summer we have handed over the lead to Spain and Portugal who have established a record a few days ago with 154.16 euros per megawatt hour, the highest price in history and 6.9% more just from the day before. As we write to you, the price has dropped slightly to 153.43 euros, approaching that of Italy. In fourth place are our neighbors in Switzerland with 150.06 euros per megawatt hour.
M5S: “No al nucleare”
As we pointed out in the Journal, beyond the interventions on the bill two weeks ago, Minister Cingolani had also re-launched the need to look at the new nuclear and continue research related to merger as an alternative route to decarbonization. But the dry “no” had arrived from the grillini. The entrepreneur’s position is different Alberto Bombassei which supports the opening of Cingolani. “The possibility of exploiting nuclear energy with fourth generation plants is a beautiful and stimulating topic — dice —If you were to focus on this project it would be a very interesting answer. An applause to the minister “.
The plans of Europe
On paper, Europe has the most ambitious decarbonization plans in the world: the EU Commission has presented a plan to cut 55% by 2030. Now, however, some countries are nagging: France wants to delay interventions on the coal market while the Netherlands and Hungary are worried about the social impact. Outside the EU, Swiss voters rejected an ambitious climate law that would have raised taxes on gasoline and flights. “Nobody questions that the ecological transition should be done as soon as possible, without delay and with enormous sacrifices“, Minister Cingolani said at the meeting in Genoa. “I really believe in the ecological transition, but it cannot be done at the expense of vulnerable groups. These things must be said, we have a duty to face them“.