Initiatives in the field of demand-side management and smart grids contribute to maintaining the guarantee and security of supply, promoting the integration of renewable energy, reducing emissions of polluting gases and promoting the sustainable use of energy, with the aim of achieving greater efficiency for the electricity system as a whole.
Initiatives in this field are aimed at anticipating solutions in the field of new energy storage technologies, dynamic capacities and the monitoring of grid elements, self-consumption, the electric vehicle and new consumer options, which are already shaping the electricity grid of the future.
Through this tool the industrial consumers that provide this service reduce, at the request of the system operator, their consumption down to certain predetermined values, thus providing a fast and efficient response to the needs of the electricity system.
The PERFILA project was launched in 2013 with the aim of having a greater knowledge of the hourly consumption of homes, small businesses and service, since then the project has been underway and has allowed hourly consumption data coming from a panel of 25,000 consumers, who have smart meters installed, to be analysed. This information has been used for the drafting of proposals for initial consumption profiles of recent years.
In the transition to a new, more dynamic energy model, the role of citizens as key protagonists in system operation is becoming increasingly prominent. Therefore, it is essential to promote initiatives to make information about the status of the electricity system available to the citizen or to disseminate recommendations on best practices for efficient consumption.
2017 saw the commissioning of the Electric Vehicle Control Centre (CECOVEL), an initiative to support electric mobility that allows demand coming from the recharging of electric vehicles to be monitored.