Smart Grids

Smart Grids

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    Smart grids are intelligent networks which combine the use of traditional technologies with innovative digital solutions, such as to permit integration with renewables; they make management of the electricity grid more flexible thanks to a more effective exchange of information.

    Project objectives

    In order to correctly manage the demand peaks and avoid electricity interruptions, the new networks must:
    1) record in real time the energy needs in various points on the network, by communicating directly with the end users, and therefore distribute the energy in proportion to their needs;
    2) be able to accumulate energy, thus offsetting the discontinuities in production that are typical of renewables. Enel is leading the way on this front and some time ago started a major infrastructure project to install these meters.


    The installation of smart meters is an essential element in developing a fully smart grid, since it transforms the grid into a means of communication between customers and distribution companies.

    Current progress

    “Smart meters” are currently installed with almost 34 million customers in Italy, and are now being introduced to Spain with 2 million meters already installed and 13 million planned for 2018. Other pilot projects are underway in Chile and Brazil.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    7. Affordable and clean energy; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land

    Regions / countries / territories

    Americas: Brazil; ChileEurope: Italy; Spain

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9

    Business sectors



    Stakeholders consulted

    Academia; Civil Society groups; Community leaders; Government

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Academic; Business Association Global; Business Association Local; Company; NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization; Social Enterprise; UN Entity

    Type of support needed

    Co-product development; Functional expertise; IT support; Project implementation

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.