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Negotiators hope to solve Gaza energy crisis by the end of 2022 [DW]

The Palestinian Authority is open to any form of cooperation to increase energy security in Gaza, including imports of Israeli gas. The ongoing negotiations aim to finalize the gas project by the end of 2022 (December 2020). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: Energy means water in Gaza, which is only way to save lives in the Strip. Reuters wrote a VERY similar article more than two months later

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Weekly column for Staffetta Quotidiana (ITALIAN) [Staffetta Quotidiana]

I wrote more than 250 weekly columns about legal and political developments at the European level in the energy sector. WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: Writing for experts means you need to be an expert yourself. You need to understand before writing

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Warum boomt der deutsche Markt für Klimaanlagen? [DIE WELT]

Climate change made its way into the consciousness of Germans, also through movements like Fridays for Future. However, the focus on climate can also have unintended consequences that run counter to the goals of environmental activists. The market for air-conditioning systems is one example: trends show a growing interest in cooling units for residential properties. Despite the fact a correlation can’t be drawn, there are signals indicating alarmist tones could backfire (July 2020). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: Fighting climate requires a coherence of consumers’ choices and climate goals. NOTE: First two paragraphs, some sentences, and structure of the article re-written/edited by Die Welt

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Italy targets 5 GW of electrolyzer capacity by 2030 [pv magazine]

The Italian government has unveiled a new hydrogen strategy that aims for 20% hydrogen penetration into final energy demand by 2050 (November 2020). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: Italy launches its hydrogen strategy. First article underling the coherence of the plan

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EastMed gas: Paving the way for a new geopolitical era? [DW]

The East Mediterranean gas project is often described as an explosive geopolitical initiative that’s not without a number of hidden agendas (June 2019). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: Shed light on importance of EastMed; reference on Wikipedia (see above – it is the first referenced article, the others were added later)

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Southern Gas Corridor project about to come on stream [DW]

Turkey and Germany are partially replacing Ukraine, which is now buying gas from EU countries, and not from Russia. As a result, gas will be increasingly traded in the EU and Turkey, also for consumption in Ukraine (November 2020). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: I anticipated similar stories; more importantly I underlined the multi-dimensional complexities of the story

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EastMed Gas Forum fuels energy diplomacy in troubled region [DW]

“The EMGF [EastMed Gas Forum] is the first example to bring Israel together with Arab countries, with the involvement of European member states. The bilateral structures we know are giving way to more complex geopolitical structures,” Stefan Wolfrum, a researcher at the Germany Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), told DW (October 2020). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: This article is at the crossroads between energy, business, and geopolitics. Without a solid knowledge of the three fields, energy stories are often empty

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Italy awards tariff of €0.11/kWh for shared electricity in energy communities [pv magazine]

Energy communities in Italy will be awarded a special tariff for all shared power in renewable energy systems not exceeding 200 kW in size. Surplus power can be injected into the grid, but with no remuneration, which may encourage the members of these communities to resort to storage (November 2020). WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: We are the first international journalists focusing on the potential of Italy’s energy communities

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