12 Aprile 2024

5 spunti per approfondire (15/2024)


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 15/2024

“The US set aside 23 million acres of Alaska’s North Slope to serve as an emergency oil supply a century ago. Now, President Joe Biden is moving to block oil and gas development across roughly half of it. The initiative, set to be finalized within days, marks one of the most sweeping efforts yet by Biden to limit oil and gas exploration on federal lands. It comes as he seeks to boost land conservation and fight climate change — and is campaigning for a second term on promises to do more of it.”

Biden Plans Sweeping Effort to Block Arctic Oil Drilling
Articolo – Bloomberg

“Protesters have agreed to lift a road blockade on a key Peruvian transport route near the Andean country’s major Las Bambas copper mine, sources with knowledge on the matter told Reuters on Thursday, after reaching a deal with the miner. The mine, owned by China’s MMG Ltd, had faced a fresh protest by local communities demanding greater benefits from the copper mine, a major producer in a country that ranks among the world’s top suppliers of the red metal. Protest leader Robertson Pacheco and a source close to the company did not give details on the deal, but residents from Velille, in Cusco’s Chumbivilcas province, had according to the source asked for an annual sum of 2 million soles ($544,218).”

Protesters agree to lift blockade near key Peru mine, sources say
Articolo – Reuters

“The decision to open an anti-subsidy investigation against Chinese electric cars was not sufficiently coordinated with Berlin, a managing director of the German car industry association VDA said on Thursday (11 April), criticising von der Leyen’s solo effort. During her ‘State of the Union’ speech in September 2023, EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced an anti-subsidy investigation into Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, which could lead to new tariffs on Chinese EV imports. The German car industry has met the investigation with scepticism from the outset, as it fears potential retaliation measures against its products by China, which is the world’s largest car market.”

German car lobby chief criticises von der Leyen’s solo run on Chinese EVs
Articolo – Euractiv

“Zambia’s Copperbelt province is a microcosm of foreign investment on the continent. Fly into Lusaka and marvel at the capital’s strikingly modern airport. Drive into town along a road as smooth as any American highway. Look left and notice a large white hospital complex. Glance right only a few minutes later to see the city’s impressive conference center with a “Golden Chopsticks” restaurant next door. The next morning, you fly north to Ndola’s clean, glass-and-steel airport. The two-lane highway to the country’s de facto mining capital, Kitwe, makes for fast driving. On the other side of town, you pass some of the world’s most technologically advanced mines and refineries.”

Americans Want to Challenge China’s Presence in Africa. They Could Start by Showing Up

Analisi – NewSecurityBeat

“Can supply of electricity be used as an energy weapon? This question rises in importance as more countries trade electricity across borders to smooth out grid stability issues and improve cost-efficient dispatching across large geographic areas. In the context of the Baltics’ disentanglement from the BRELL (Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) electricity grid and synchronization with Europe, we develop a game-theoretic model and examine the strategies of the involved parties in light of the potential for electricity trade to be used as a geopolitical weapon. We conceptualize the process of the synchronization project as a sequential-move game between three actors (Russia, the Baltic states, and the EU-U.S.). Our findings suggest that, in large part due to reputational concerns, Russia is unlikely to cooperate in the synchronization process. Instead, our model predicts that Russia will not wait for the Baltic states to complete their synchronization with the European grid before disconnecting them from the BRELL system. Direct Russian cyberattacks against Baltic grids are not implemented and the Baltics do not have to make concessions, provided that Western allies signal a strong likelihood of deterrent retaliation. We offer policy recommendations for Europe, Russia and the Baltic states.”

Electricity grids and geopolitics: A game-theoretic analysis of the synchronization of the Baltic States’ electricity networks with Continental Europe
Ricerca – Energy Policy

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