• Utilities are shifting toward renewable operating models in line with the Paris Agreement
• Challenges revolve around maximizing efficiency of current infrastructure while evolving toward more sustainable business models
• Digitization allows for increased grid efficiency and better monitoring of energy demand
Accelerating toward a carbon-neutral future is a bold vision. Even more so when providing millions with clean energy means upgrading an aging national grid. Italy’s Enel ensures success using EcoStruxure™ Grid.
Electric distribution utilities are at a crossroads. The fundamental nature of the utility industry is undergoing a pronounced shift toward renewable technologies, placing pressure on companies to stay competitive while addressing challenges such as increasing distributed generation at the distribution level.
Schneider Electric, like many others in the global energy community, is committed to the Paris Agreement for climate change. As part of this agreement, we are working with energy providers and dedicating tireless efforts toward achieving a digitized, low-carbon world.
With these partnerships, utilities are adopting and implementing technologies that maximize the efficiency of distribution networks while also evolving toward more secure, efficient and sustainable operating models.
How Enel Does It
As an example, Italian electric utility Enel provides millions with clean energy. To do so, the company upgraded a vast national infrastructure. Enel successfully performed the upgrade by implementing EcoStruxure solutions.
Enel used our EcoStruxure™ ADMS to provide a visual, topological model of its distribution network, including detailed algorithms to simulate:
• Voltage management
• Distributed generation
• Frequency control
• Demand response
• Smart grid management data
EcoStruxure ADMS helps Enel with its complex networks, minimizing interruptions and energy losses. It allows the company to compile all data collected on its existing systems into a smart central system, analyze it, and suggest the best course of action.
The goal? Balance.
Digitizing utility operations can help balance supply and demand in two ways.
First, optimized digital grids can help utilities efficiently manage more distributed and renewable resources. In addition to increased network performance from digitization, utility companies can make predictive decisions about network investments by looking closer at infrastructure analytics from connected systems, putting rock-solid contingencies in place to minimize downtime.
Second, providers need energy management systems to regulate energy demand at the lowest level of the grid. Flexibility services can help reduce peak demand and increase customer engagement.