Trans-regional interconnections and investments in energy infrastructure, the future of research and the use of energy sources, green economy, efficiency, legal-regulatory frameworks and scenarios for a suitable energy mix. All these topics were discussed at the recent Bucharest Forum Energy, organised by the Aspen Institute Romania, which included among its speakers at a round table Enel's Country Manager in Romania Toni Volpe and the General Manager of Enel Energie Romania Michele Grassi.
A high-level event that allowed the representatives of public and private energy companies based in the Black Sea region to discuss current issues, starting from local market trends and possible partnerships for future investments.
"Due to the changes that are taking place in the energy scenario, such as distributed generation, the increase of the renewable energy share or the use of storage systems for homes, distributors will have to reinvent themselves and provide cutting-edge services for increasingly demanding and sophisticated customers", Volpe emphasised in his speech at the panel on competitive development in the Romanian energy market.
"Romania - he added – could seize this opportunity and move quickly towards the adoption of smart grid model, thus freeing its development potential. Having this target in mind, law-makers and regulatory authorities must have a farsighted approach, creating appropriate incentives for investments in new technologies."
A strategic vision also shared by Grassi who, during his participation in a round table called Smart Public Utility Services, invited to explore the infinite possibilities to apply home energy efficiency solutions that will grant consumers a central role, not only to become aware of their energy consumption, but also to actively manage it based on their needs. In such a dynamic context, and considering the growth of distributed generation and electric mobility, "the Smart Utility Service could become real sooner than expected," Grassi concluded.
Active on the Romanian market since 2005, Enel is currently the country's greatest private investor in the energy sector, selling and distributing energy to some 2.7 million customers in three important areas (South Muntenia, Banat and Dobrogea), accounting for one third of the distribution market in Romania. Also in Romania, Enel Green Power operates in the renewable generation sector with a net installed capacity of 534 MW.
Over the last few weeks, Enel Distributie Muntenia completed the requalification works of the high-medium voltage (110/20 kV) Chitila substation, which supplies energy to more than 17,000 customers. The modernisation of the substation, which began in 2011, has led to the adoption of cutting-edge technologies that are integrated into the remote control system, allowing to identify and rapidly solve issues that arise at a distance.
"In 2009 – the general manager of Enel's distribution company in Romania Giuseppe Fanizzi explained, – we launched a global investment programme for the region of Muntenia, aimed to offer our customers quality services and access to the most recent technologies. Families and businesses will benefit from the upgrading of the Chitila transformation station and the modernisation of the low-tension network that serves several neighbourhoods of the capital, and the installation of next-generation equipment will greatly reduce the duration of disruptions".