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Our story

If you look at our history you’ll have no doubt about where we're headed. From our humble beginnings in Italy, our journey has always been dedicated to the future.

A journey in time and energy

Italy’s national entity for electricity was founded in 1962 with the fusion of more than a thousand energy producers. With a solid bedrock of hydroelectric power as our starting point, our task was to power the country’s rapid growth. We modernised and extended the national grid, later connecting it with the European network.

Navigating a sea of change

The energy crisis of the following decade spurred us to explore alternative sources of power, including nuclear. But above all, we pioneered a number of renewable energy plants. We installed one of the largest hydroelectric plants of its kind, the first grid-connected solar installation, the first photovoltaic power station, and Italy’s first wind farm. Then the Italian electricity market was liberalised, and we became a private company. Our business focus was the production, distribution and supply of energy.


Entering the New Millennium

As the new millennium came into sight, so did our aptitude for digital technologies. In 2001 we designed and installed the world’s first smart meters. Becoming progressively more international, we acquired Endesa in Spain, established a major presence in Latin America, and bought North America’s first renewable energy plant. By this point, innovation and sustainability had become our two biggest drivers, and in 2004 we became the first private company in the renewable power sector to be listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

In 2008 we invested in Enel Green Power – long before renewables became viable

Three years later we became part of the UN Global Compact and accelerated our efforts to open up to collaboration with all kinds of different sectors. As part of our Open Power strategy, we have worked together with companies, research centres, institutions, startups and universities to develop new solutions. And to cultivate social and economic sustainability, we took renewable energies to distant places and people who had none. 

Now that climate change has become increasingly evident, we are fully aware of the impact the new energy era can have. We’ve stepped up our investments in digitalisation, e-mobility, circular economy, and decarbonisation. Today our sustainable approach to creating long-term shared value is guiding the energy transition. And we aim to carry on finding new, innovative tools to contribute to positive growth, without ever losing sight of the future of our society.

Enel X founded in order to transform energy into new opportunities for growth and progress

In 2017 this vision led to the birth of Enel X, the division of our Group that aims to offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to create new value through the innovative use of energy. By using a platform-based approach, we create digital solutions to make complex things simple. Our smart technologies guide our customers and help them discover new ways to transform the use of energy in four main areas: cities, homes, businesses and electric mobility. We want to lead the transformation of the energy sector with an open strategy that focuses on sustainability and innovation.

More digital, for sustainability

Thanks to digitilisation, electricity is becoming more accessible for everyone. This is happening in a sustainable way, and it’s contributing to the decarbonisation of the economy. The digital revolution is one of the cornerstones of Enel’s industrial strategy, and is a key tool for developing smart grids and value-added services.

We’re opening up a whole new world


Maybe we’re closer than you think

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