Today, Mayor Gualtieri will meet Acea’s senior management with his advisors Alfonsi (Environment) and Segnini (Public Works). The Capitol is studying an energy conservation plan to deal with expensive energy that is driving up electricity and gas prices. A problem that appeared at the beginning of the year but which worsened considerably with the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine. “I think it is right to look for an energy saving strategy at a time like this”, explains the mayor, after signing an agreement with Terna and the Lazio region on the modernization of the electricity network of the capital city. However, it is too early to say and being a subject legislated at national level for local authorities, the field of intervention is in any case limited.
What can be done to reduce consumption at the city level? The meeting with Acea will define the possibilities in terms of reducing public lighting. The simplest and most feasible measure is to switch off the monuments at night, more difficult to intervene on the lampposts, for obvious reasons of road safety. In any case, public employees, municipal and municipal, will be asked to pay attention to light and the use of electricity.
As for gas, the Capitol could impose the lowering of the temperature of the radiators, but the emphasis is more on individual responsibility. “All citizens can do their part, regardless of the choices that public institutions make,” said the mayor. And in fact, individual condominiums are already intervening independently on the issue which, at the suggestion of Anaci Roma (National Association of Italian Condominiums ) are reducing the start-up time.
The picture is more than critical and the effects of expensive energy are not only found in the bills of the Romans but also in the financial statements of the municipal companies, with the rise in the price of gasoline which cascades down to the buses and the Atac metro. , on Ama vehicles. Public services could also be affected. Public services could also be affected. Yesterday the road rescuers union association announced the state of unrest. Five hundred active vehicles in Rome that respond to around 40,000 calls each month are at risk of being stopped. The data, however, speaks for itself. Electricity, according to Istat data, grew in February by +82% compared to February of last year, with a bite of +504 euros per family. Gas increases by +64.2%, with expenses up from +445 euros per core. Bad also for transport and tourism: diesel costs 24% more, gasoline 21.9% more.
The crisis in the agricultural sector
Strong increases that are already producing more than tangible effects in the agricultural sector, even in Lazio. Along the list that producers face. The price of agricultural diesel, they denounce, has tripled, as well as that of fodder. Wheat “recorded an increase of 40.6% in one week”, indicated the president of Coldiretti Lazio David Granieri, “reaching a level which had not been reached since 2008”. There too, there is the high bill that weighs on these sectors, such as the horticultural sector, which need to consume energy to heat the greenhouses. A table that prompted the sector to ask for a “state of crisis”.