Blackouts spark supply debate

The world’s energy regulators met in Rome last month, days after the Italian blackout on September 28. Perfect timing, it would seem – but what are the regulators going to do about Europe’s bottlenecked grid? Paul Lyon reports

Just a week after the power failure that plunged Italy into darkness, the world’senergy regulators convened in Rome for the second World Forum on Energy Regulation.Walter Veltroni, the mayor of Rome, opened the conference with an apology forthe blackout.

But while he praised citizens for their “courageous attitude”, hesaid Italy’s reliance on foreign energy sources remains too high and thata stronger interconnection system between electricity-exporting countries isbadly needed. The country

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