29 Marzo 2024

5 spunti per approfondire (13/2024)


La rubrica settimanale con i consigli di lettura di RivistaEnergia.it, dall’Europa e dal mondo. Forse non le notizie più eclatanti, ma proprio per questo interessanti da approfondire. Settimana 13/2024

“Every March, thousands of executives take over a downtown hotel here to reach oil and gas deals and haggle over plans to tackle climate change. This year, the dominant theme of the energy industry’s flagship conference was a new one: artificial intelligence. Tech companies roamed the hotel’s halls in search of utility executives and other power providers. More than 20 executives from Amazon and Microsoft spoke on panels. The inescapable topic—and the cause of equal parts anxiety and excitement—was AI’s insatiable appetite for electricity. It isn’t clear just how much electricity will be required to power an exponential increase in data centers worldwide. But most everyone agreed the data centers needed to advance AI will require so much power they could strain the power grid and stymie the transition to cleaner energy sources.”

Big Tech’s Latest Obsession Is Finding Enough Energy
Articolo – The Wall Street Journal

“Fifty years ago, the term “energy security” meant “we need oil and we need it now.” In the modern world, where energy comes in many forms, security doesn’t have to be so fuel-specific. The important thing is that people can get to work or know the kitchen lights will turn on when they flip the switch. It will probably not shatter your perception of reality to learn the oil industry doesn’t see it that way. But its effort to maintain a half-century-old definition of energy security is undermining the world’s chances of holding climate change to merely disastrous levels.”

Big Oil Has Found a Clever New Way to Hurt the Climate
Articolo – Bloomberg

“China has opened a dispute with the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over renewable energy incentives under its flagship green law, claiming they breach trade agreements by discriminating against Chinese products. The WTO said China has requested dispute consultations with America over some provisions in its Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) covering renewable energy and electric vehicles. Beijing claims these violate international trade treaties including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)”

Trade war of words as China slams ‘discriminatory’ US green law in WTO complaint
Articolo – Recharge

“Around 600 million people in Africa still lack access to electricity. Despite recent progress, electrification efforts face new headwinds since the Covid-19 pandemic, with a growing debt crisis, poor utility financial health, and increased affordability challenges. However, advances in off-grid solutions, in particular solar- and battery-based technologies, with new business models are filling a growing gap in access provision by grid extensions. Based on new IEA data and analysis, in sub-Saharan Africa, off-grid systems accounted for over half of new connections in 2022. Still, closing the access gap requires greater scaling, which today is hindered by traditional planning and customer acquisition approaches, which often relies on workers going village-by-village to assess to the current electrification and energy needs at the community level.”

Africa’s electricity access planners turn to geospatial mapping

Analisi – IEA

“The energy crisis caused by the Russia–Ukraine war (RUW) has affected the energy supply chain. The countries most impacted by the sanctions imposed on Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine focused on replacing the countries they import their energy from in the short term and switching fuel, for example, from natural gas to coal in Germany. The objective of this article is to verify how the war has impacted energy trade and electricity generation in Germany and the United Kingdom (UK). The results indicate that the RUW had consequences on these countries’ energy sector, significantly affecting fuel trade and electricity generation in the immediate aftermath of the war.”

How did the Russia–Ukraine war impact energy imports and electricity generation? A comparative analysis between Germany and the United Kingdom
Ricerca – The Electricity Journal

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