ENEL - Leading the Way in Grid Efficiency

Reliability and security of service is a priority for the Enel Group, and Endesa’s achievements in Spain are testament to Enel’s leadership in quality of distribution - the result of years of hard work and consistent investment

Electricity grids are hugely complex systems, which include a great number of primary plants and secondary transformer stations, different electronic devices and high, middle and low voltage electricity lines that cover hundreds of thousands of miles. In Italy alone, Enel has almost 500,000 transformer stations, while its electricity lines exceed 1.1 million kilometres.

Providing high quality, secure electricity provision needs technical, organisational and management expertise of the highest level, for which the Enel Group is second to none. Assessments carried out by regulatory authorities in Brazil and Romania are testament to that fact.

In 2012 Endesa achieved a record level of 99.99 percent grid availability in Spain, the result of well-targeted policies and solid investment (€850million 2012 alone) specifically aimed at improving the quality of the service. Average interruption time fell to 71 minutes, improving the previous record it set in 2011 by 5.3 percent.

The Enel Group is also committed to the future, as the transformation of the whole electricity system through the hundreds of thousands of small distributed generation plants being put online is rapidly changing the way in which grids work.

Adapting will be the big challenge for maintaining sustainability and efficiency in the industry, and it will need innovative ideas at its heart. The Group has already shown the way forward in all the countries in which it operates.

In Italy for instance, Enel Distribuzione is playing a central role in automation and remote control projects, as well as in the development of smart grids. Its investments aimed at modernising and extending the grid will exceed €1billion in 2013, despite the current tricky economic conditions that have seen a drop in levels of energy consumption.
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