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Endesa digitizes the network in Tarragona for the sake of a society without emissions

“We are heading for a future in which global concern is focused on climate change and Endesa has generated a project to be part of the solution.” These are the words of César Fusté, the company’s director of distribution in the Tarragona region, who explains the most important lines of action in a horizon in which CO2 emissions must be reduced as much as possible.

“The decarbonization of consumption is fundamental, which implies the use of electric heating or the installation of solar panels, among many other actions. That is, generate energy efficiently with less polluting methods. In this context, distribution infrastructures play a central role in ensuring the integration of renewable energies, the development of self-consumption and technologies that facilitate energy, as well as the massive deployment of electric vehicles. In this sense, the role of the electricity grid is key to accelerating the decarbonisation process of the economy and, at the same time, guaranteeing a reliable and secure supply of electricity, using flexibility and digitalisation as levers. “This is where the network electrification project in which we are immersed arises, because it cannot be that the whole world fights against climate change and distribution is not prepared. We need excellent quality.” As a consequence, «the passive distribution network, as we know it, has its days numbered, in favor of the active and participative ones, where the customer will be the center of the system. In fact, the network that we have built in a hundred years will have to be renewed in ten”.

With a view to this improvement in the quality of a service received by more than 606,000 customers in the province, Endesa will invest 121.6 million euros in the three-year period 2022-2024. An action that, through its subsidiary, e-distribución, will work on a better digitized, flexible, reliable, resilient and efficient network, along 1,300 kilometers of high, medium and, especially, low voltage lines. Among the objectives is to control energy flows, which can come from different points such as photovoltaic panels for self-consumption. “That is to say, we have gone from being aware of the header and the arrival of energy to having eyes on the entire network.” In the same way, monitor consumption, as well as give a quick response to breakdowns. For all this, some 900 new remote controls will be installed in the demarcation and 4,200 sensors. It is also noteworthy that to make the change possible, it is expected to generate more than 400 new jobs.

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As Fusté points out, climate change is everyone’s business. Thus, some of the actions that ordinary citizens can do is to make more efficient use of energy at home, “which also translates into savings on the bill.” In this line, some of his recommendations are already known, “use more efficient appliances, LED lights and not leave the television on standby.” Now, why is electricity so expensive? «Because it is very marked by gas prices and these have risen a lot, a situation that has also been aggravated by the crisis in Ukraine. But it cannot be that we have these prices for so long. It is a structural problem that the sector has to attack”, answers Fusté. In these circumstances, what can be done to help the pocket? “Optimize the contracted power in such a way that it adjusts to the real needs of the home and find the rate that best suits the family’s habits.” In short, it is about joining forces to live on a more sustainable planet.

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