Technological innovation projects

Smart Network Management System

On 7/6/2010 Acea Distribuzione S.p.A. sent the Ministry of Economic Development the application for access to financial subsidies involving the technological innovation fund, according to the procedures set out by law, with reference to a project launched on 1/7/2010 entitled “Smart Network Management System: technological development in the management of the electricity distribution network”. The aforementioned project, for a total of roughly 12.7 million euros (around 11.0 million of which subsidisable), with a duration of three years, is divided into various sub-projects aimed at enhancing and further developing the initiatives already implemented by Acea Distribuzione S.p.A. to improve the continuity of the electricity service and to increase the operating efficiency in line with the general and special provisions established by the sector Authority.

On 21.12.2010, the Ministry of Economic Development formalised its authorisation for going ahead with the procedure set forth by Ministerial Decree of 14 December 2009. The project will undergo a preliminary assessment by the Ministry for a judgment of admissibility.

Smart Grid pilot project

On 09.11.2010, Acea Distribuzione S.p.A. sent the Italian Authority for Electricity and Gas an application for incentive treatment relative to resolution ARG/elt no. 39/10, with reference to the Smart Grid pilot project, which will be developed in 2011 and 2012.

The aforementioned project, for a total of roughly 4.9 million euros, is divided into various sub-projects aimed at developing innovative solutions as regards the management of improvements to service continuity and, at the same time, development of new criteria for the management of the distribution network, overseeing changes to said network and in line with the guidelines and general provisions established by the Authority.

By means of resolution ARG\elt 12/11, published on 8 February 2011, the Authority admitted the project presented by Acea Distribuzione to incentive treatment.