Fiorenzo Dadò: “Speaking well and scratching badly”

by Fiorenzo Dadò *

Until recently, talking about the energy crisis in Ticino was almost taboo, because it was generally believed that thanks to the reservoir of water in the artificial lakes located in the valleys, we were safe. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different. Although the issue is complex and Ticino’s room for maneuver is quite limited, it is legitimate to ask whether the cantonal energy policy, carried out in recent decades by the Government with the endorsement of the Grand Council, has been far-sighted and whether it is currently running for cover with the due diligence.

Pumping in Verzasca

Several years ago, in 2011, with deputies Foletti, Maggi, Pinoja, Schnellmann and Stojanovic, I proposed a motion entitled Energy in Ticino: a round table on pumping in Verzasca is urgently needed. The same asked to bring together a discussion table between all the interested parties in order to carry out a general feasibility study for a pumping plant in Verzasca within six months. The reason, still valid, has recently aroused the interest of the PLR ​​group, after we were given the menavia in 2015 in Parliament. From a federal study of 1972 it clearly emerges that a pumping-turbine plant in Verzasca, sized for 200 MW of power, has very favorable technical conditions. To this are added other advantages: it has potentially little conflict with the territory because it does not require any new reservoir or dam raising, as well as having all the water needed at any time, pumping directly from the Verbano. A pumping system with this flexibility is not feasible everywhere, among other things it would allow us to “store” the excess energy produced in our home on sunny days (which abounds in Ticino), considered to seriously incentivize photovoltaic systems, today more urgent and necessary than ever.

A disappointing photovoltaic policy

On 22 November last year we presented with colleagues Marco Passalia for the Centro Group, Sabrina Aldi and Bruno Buzzini for the Lega dei Ticinesi Group, Alessandro Speziale and Alessandra Gianella for the PLR ​​Group a motion entitled: For a real promotion solar energy in Ticino: a fair remuneration for electricity for individuals who install a photovoltaic system on the roof of their home. The reason is simple: currently the construction of these plants is slow because they cost too much and the electricity produced is not sufficiently remunerated by the electricity companies, which resell it dearly, drawing considerable profits.

The response we received on June 8 from the government, despite the nice words about ecology and indigenous energy supply, is disappointing. It makes us understand how many interests are at stake and that some pockets of damaging static remain within the Administration, blocking the country. This case makes it clear, as it should have already been with the Verzasca pumping plant in 2011, that politics must return to being the protagonist, courageously taking the reins of decisions in the face of opportunities, putting collective interests before general immobility. .

* President Il Centro / PPD

Fiorenzo Dadò: “Speaking well and scratching badly”