Smart grids, the intelligent networks for electricity distribution, will be essential for a more efficient energy future. Hence, the EU must speed up the path leading to regulations that will help their development and facilitate investments in this field, as required by Eurelectric, the association that reunites European electricity industries, chaired by Enel CEO Fulvio Conti.
Besides investments, Eurelectric calls for the following measures:
• Incentivating technological innovation
• strengthening the role of electricity distributors, which are to facilitate the two-way information Exchange and therefore be able to regulate the electricity flow
• improving systems to monitor and control distribution networks;
• achieving a better planning of the grid-injected electricity capacity, thus improving the increasing input of distributed generation from renewable sources
• clarifying issues regarding the interface between distributors and managers of the transmission system
• developing new distributed generation system services.
The approach of the European electricity industry confirms that Enel is following the right strategy, focusing on smart grids and smart cities. The most recent acknowledgements it has received for its expertise consist in the fact that it won the tenders for the smart grid at the Expo 2015 in Milan, while Endesa’s Smart City project in Malaga won the International price Living Labs Global Awards 2012.