Elections 2022, all positions in the field on gas and energy

From the proposals of the Democratic Party to the ‘no’ to Berlusconi’s ideological stops. The Meloni plan and the return of nuclear power

The main emergency is the gasbut that’s the whole thing power to worry the parties in the middle of the electoral campaign for the elections 2022. Day after day, ideas and slogans take shape. Today is the turn of the package of five proposals launched by the secretary of the Democratic Party Enrico Letta and Silvio Berlusconi’s thrust against “the ideological stops of the left”. The proposals are profoundly different from each other. However, there is a shared awareness that it is necessary to deal immediately with an issue that risks blowing up the Italian economy and, consequently, compromising the stability of businesses and families.

After all, there are numbers to represent the extent of the problem. The price of gas in Amsterdam rose to 283 euros per MWh after the new stop of the Nord Stream gas pipeline announced last Friday by Gazprom. September futures contracts rose 15.5%.

The increases accumulated so far are already unsustainable and the evolution of the situation in Ukraine does not allow for any brightening. National assumptions are added to European solutions, which are slow and risk coming too late. The underlying dilemma concerns the energy transition and the plans that were to lead to an acceleration on renewable. The ambitious goal should be to preserve the guidelines of the Pnrracting decisively to lower the economic and social costs.

For now, however, the parties are proceeding in no particular order and the future of the Italian energy mix and the fate of the decarbonization process will also depend on the sign that the next government will take.

The five points of the Democratic Party. Enrico Letta launched this morning in an interview with Radio 24 a package of five proposals from the Democratic Party against expensive energy. At the first point, the “control of electricity prices, with the transitional introduction for 12 months of a system of administered prices for electricity through the setting of a national ceiling on the price of electricity (100 euros / Mwh) for businesses and households “. Also launched” a
new ‘social light’ contract
for micro-enterprises and families with medium and low incomes with electricity supply produced entirely from renewable sources and free of charge up to a maximum of 1,350 KWh / year per family (equal to 50% of the average consumption), with prices controlled in any case on the excess “. third point the “doubling of the tax credit to offset the extra costs of gas and electricity companies starting from June of this year (from 25 to 50 percent for energy-intensive and gas-intensive companies; from 15 to 30 percent for other companies), to be financed with the extension and extension to other sectors of the extraordinary contribution on the extra profits of energy companies “. Then,” a great national energy saving planby encouraging business investments in energy efficiency, and investments in the production of energy from renewable sources as part of the acceleration of the ecological transition that we have set as the central point of our program “. And, finally,” pressure at EU level for introduction of a European gas price ceiling “.

Berlusconi and the ideological stops of the left.

“While the attention of political leaders these days is entirely focused on lists and candidacies, a very serious emergency is falling on our country. The cost of electricity and gas has grown from 4 to 6 times in a year”, relaunches Silvio Berlusconi in a video on social media.
“Many families risk having to make a dramatic choice: pay their bills or do the shopping. Many companies risk not making it, closing or reducing staff. We need to deal with it immediately, with urgent measures to sterilize the increases and starting immediately in the implementation of the regasifiers, waste-to-energy plants, renewable energies and also with research on clean nuclear power. All things that the ideological myopia of the left has blocked for years, leading us to this situation”.

Calenda’s synthesis. Carlo Calenda shows clear ideas on what, in his opinion, should or should not be done. “We must not waste time with the regasification ship in Piombino and we must not say no to Egyptian gas as Letta says, because it is madness. Among other things, it is Eni that discovered that gas. the cost of energy also by putting a national ceiling “.

The position of Giorgia Meloni
. The leader of the Brothers of Italy, the main candidate to succeed Mario Draghi at Palazzo Chigi, has so far chosen a position consistent with the role she aspires to fill. Continuity, albeit with some corrections, to the policy adopted in the last six months. “We intend to continue the Draghi government’s commitment to a European gas price ceiling because this allows us to curb speculation and lighten bills, but unlike the Draghi government we would like to ask at the international level, in particular in Europe, and in the West , to set up compensation mechanisms for economies that are paying a higher price for the sanctions “against Putin’s Russia. The temptation remains to ask for a revision of the NRP, financing more energy infrastructures, even at the cost of slowing down a little the green transition.


In the meantime, the cross-party nuclear party returns to make itself felt. The leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, who went so far as to propose to build the first Italian nuclear power plant in his home, in the Baggio district, in Milan, and Carlo Calenda himself, who also set a objective: to reach a total power of 40 GW of nuclear plants which, assuming an average power of 5 GW per plant, would mean building 8 plants. The position of those who, like Emma Bonino but also like Giuseppe Conte, are open to financing nuclear research for the time being more nuanced. So, a hypothesis to be explored.

(from Fabio Insenga)