Enel and Rosseti partner on Russian smart grid
June 8, 2017
Italian electricity company Enel has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rosseti, the national operator of energy networks in Russia, for cooperation in smart grid deployment.
The MoU, which has a duration of two years, aims to build partnership relations between Enel and Rosseti by promoting the exchange of information and by sharing best practices as well as technology in the areas of smart metering and grid digitisation.
The agreement was signed at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) by Francesco Starace, Enel’s CEO, and Oleg Budargin, General Director of Rosseti.
“This memorandum of understanding allows us to share our expertise on one of the key areas of the group’s global strategy such as network digitisation, with particular emphasis on smart metering, network automation and electric mobility”, said Starace. “In addition, the MoU will allow us to further explore the potential of our most innovative solutions in smart grid operation, a field in which Enel is traditionally a best-in-class benchmark.”
Enel and Rosseti will exchange experiences and best practices in the construction, modernisation and maintenance of power grid infrastructures to improve and enhance their efficiency, reliability and safety, including the possible implementation of a joint pilot project for creating a smart cluster using Enel’s smart grid platform.
“The implementation of smart meters will allow the architecture of future energy system to be built, as well as developing new services, reducing power losses and optimising costs,” said Budargin. “These are important factors from the point of view of the customers, who become an active part of the system and are interested in increasing the efficiency of their own energy consumption and the overall efficiency of the system as well”.
Digitisation is one of the pillars of Enel’s 2017-2019 strategic plan presented in November. In 2001 Enel became the first utility to implement smart metering technology when it began replacing its Italian customers’ conventional meters with digital smart meters, which the company is now replacing with a second generation. Enel is also rolling out smart meters in Spain, while in Romania, Chile, Brazil and Colombia it is carrying out pilot projects. In addition, the group has a number of smart city projects in cities around the world, such as Santiago in Chile, Buzios in Brazil, and Malaga and Barcelona in Spain.
Rosseti manages 2.3 million kilometres of power lines and 496,000 substations with total transformer capacity of more than 773,000MVA.