Speeding the energy transition through alliances
Easing range anxiety in e-Mobility
Installing Europe-wide ultra-fast charging
Demand response to manage consumption in Missouri
In the U.S., Enel X is bringing its expertise in managing demand response programs to a partnership in Missouri. Under an exclusive agreement with Ameren, the state’s largest utility, it will deliver 100 MW of demand response resources from the utility’s commercial and industrial customers. The program, which is fully managed by Enel X, will help reduce peak demand on Ameren’s distribution network.
Enel X manages about 6.3 GW of demand response capacity, making it a world leader in the business, and it is planning to raise that figure to 10.1 GW by 2022. Demand response works by paying energy consumers to reduce their consumption when demand is high. Some programs also allow owners of solar panels, wind turbines, or even battery storage, to sell their excess output to the grid when required.
Energy storage is entering the equation
The market for battery storage is still embryonic, given the high cost of the technology, but this is changing rapidly as prices of battery packs fall – down 87% since 2010, thanks to manufacturing scale and innovation, as demand soared 100-fold between 2010 and 2018, according to BloombergNEF. That means it has a growing role to play in demand response programs.
Enel X is committed to ensuring the transition to a sustainable, inclusive and smart society happens as quickly as possible. With this in mind, in Italy we have launched an experimental partnership with a company owned by the operator of the national grid. This will enable battery-based residential energy storage systems in three northern provinces to offer so-called balancing services to the grid. Previously, only large production plants or industrial loads were permitted to do this.
Allowing households into demand management programs
The project, which will be managed by Enel X as an aggregator, will allow households to take part in active demand management programs. Our job is to install a remote-control system that will allow us to call on the storage unit and provide power to the grid when required.
We have also entered a partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s biggest bank, to support innovative projects in the supply chain of smaller companies.
The bank has agreed a 1.5-million-euro loan to Aton Storage, a small company that develops innovative methods for storing solar power with which we have gone into partnership. The aim of the partnership is to offer energy storage integrated with solar panels to the public at competitive prices.
Enel X has a broad range of innovative, sustainable solutions, and working in partnership with other organizations is the best way to exploit the opportunities offered by electrification.