Smart Meters: Italy Limits AC As Energy Shortages Loom

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“Operation Thermostat” has dystopian overtones as Italy suffers the cost of depending on Russia to deliver energy for cooling, heating and cooking. Steep fines are eyed for violators to turn their thermostats below 23C over the next 12 months. PM Draghi. a former Trilateral Commission member, says it the price citizens have to pay for peace in Ukraine. ⁃ TN Editor

Schools and other public buildings in Italy will be forbidden from setting their air conditioning to any setting lower than 25C from next month, under a scheme intended to help the country dodge an energy crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

The energy rationing initiative, called “operation thermostat”, comes as two Italian ministers travel to central Africa on Wednesday in search of alternative gas suppliers to Russia, from where Italy imports about 45% of its natural gas.

A debate over energy squandered through air conditioning arose after the prime minister, Mario Draghi, ironically used air conditioning as an example of something Italians might have to sacrifice in return for peace in Ukraine.

“Do we want to have peace or do we want to have the air conditioning on?” he said earlier this month, after pledging that Italy would comply if the EU decided to impose an embargo on Russian gas.

The rules will begin on 1 May and be in place until 31 March next year, with heating in public buildings during winter not permitted to exceed 19C. It is not yet clear how the measure will be policed, but inspectors from the ministry of labour could undertake controls, with those flouting the limits fined between €500 and €3,000, Il Messaggero reported. The measure does not apply to hospitals but may eventually be extended to private homes.

Renato Brunetta, the minister for public administration, said the initiative, introduced by the Five Star Movement, was a “positive” sign and would save 2-4bn cubic metres of gas a year. About 57% of the energy costs of a public office building comes from temperature control.

Angela Masi, a politician with the Five Star Movement, said: “It’s correct that the public administration is setting a good example, cutting waste and raising awareness among citizens about rationalising consumption. It’s a simple way to contribute and reduce dependency on gas.”

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Elle

And it begins. We’ll see.

Edward

Draghi is the former EU head banker. He is an EU thug. He is a fascist which would likely be very much part of his history. He was not voted in but appointed by another shady character in Matterhorn (read between the lines). These are miscreants, thugs and guided by a squad of dimwits. This is Italy today. This will be Italy for the next 6 years. NO VOTING, no opposition.

Freeland_Dave

Peace in the Ukraine or air conditioning? Since there has never been peace in that region of the world I’ll take Air Conditioning.

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Andrew

Get your hands on an old style meter, with the spinning wheel. These just plug into a 4 prong socket once the cover is off. Install that old meter upside down. Bingo, free unlimited electricity … well until they catch you.