Earth Day 2017, the electricity of change

Published on Saturday, 22 April 2017

By increasing the share of renewable energy that powers these applications, emissions would be reduced nearly to zero even at a global level. One possible scenario: green technologies have experienced strong growth in recent years both at industrial and domestic level, and their penetration has strongly redesigned production and the role of utilities and users.

“In the energy industry, investments in grid digitalisation, as well as the growing efficiency of storage systems and distributed generation, enables a more active and participatory role for customers, providing them with efficient solutions for the production, storage and management of their energy requirements”

– Francesco Starace, Enel CEO

It is a participatory model which, as our CEO recalled in a recent article, has been implemented by Enel in Ollagüe, in the Andes mountains, on the border between Chile and Bolivia. Here, the installation of an innovative stand-alone system has allowed the electrification of a wide rural area: a hybrid power plant that combines storage, solar and wind energy.

From the very early stages, the project was conducted involving local authorities and communities and the University of Chile-Antofagasta which helped our engineers in the feasibility analysis, design and planning. The maintenance and management of the plant have been entrusted to the local community, making the solutions adopted sustainable from all points of view.

The decentralisation and decarbonisation challenge of energy production through the development of renewables, however, does not completely eliminate the environmental impact of energy supply.

For this reason, our company has adopted an open approach to technological innovation, so it is always ready to heed the needs of users and stakeholders.

The objective is to identify innovative, sustainable and replicable business models, such as the circular economy, to reduce the use of natural sources and transform waste into resources. This also applies to other fields of action, such as biodiversity, to measure, mitigate and eliminate the impact on ecosystems associated with human activities, combining development and shared value creation.