RENGOV PROJECT: A KEY EXPERIENCE IN ENERGY SECTOR

On 13 December 2013, during the “ERRIN and Smart City Stakeholder Platform brokerage event”, organized in Brussels in VLEVA offices, RENGOV ((Regional Energy Governance) Project was indicated as one key experience for 2013 in energy.

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Mr Sergio Olivero (left) and Mr Maurizio Trevisan, RENGOV’s project managers

The Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia,  (Italy) through BIC incubators FVG (Friulia Group) and with the scientific and technical support of SiTI (Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation, www.siti.polito.it) has promoted the RENGOV project (www.rengov.eu).

RENGOV is an initiative of “SMART ENERGY GOVERNANCE” with the strategic objective to develop innovative capabilities for energy management at local level, by integrating distributed renewable energy sources (solar, biomass, hydroelectric, etc.) according to a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) approach, creating a regional smart grid and using energy storage capacity.

The project includes direct and active involvement of local authorities, private entities and investors, creating models of public-private partnership oriented towards value-creation mechanisms. Local authorities, energy producers from renewable sources, energy transmission and distribution operators, energy storage systems producers, financial institutions, regional companies are therefore an integral part of this smart approach, that will also trigger virtuous mechanisms of communication and participation (awareness raising).

RENGOV is based on energy clusters, composed by groups of power plants based on renewable sources, where the impacts on the current business models (generation, distribution, transmission) of the potentialities offered by technology can be simulated and / or operationally assessed, providing useful elements for the forecasts of innovative energy systems market development. The set of clusters represents a Context of Operational Experimentation (CSO) unique in Europe. In a subsequent phase of the project, even the buildings in urban areas will be considered as energy prosumers (producers and consumers), part of the VPP of the system. Therefore, inside the CSO it will be possible to bring out the real benefits of the adoption of coordination mechanisms aimed at optimizing the overall production of energy and its placement on the network, thus overcoming congestion phenomena and other technical limitations.

The aim is on one hand to maximize the economic returns for each production unit, on the other the creation of networks stabilization mechanisms and new qualified job opportunities (in particular new smart businesses). On the basis of the actual data generated by the CSO, it will be possible to make appropriate calculations and financial and economic simulations, in order to build innovative business models.

In June 2013, the RENGOV project was presented to “Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform” promoted by the European Commission with the title of “Integrated Urban Energy Governance”, being selected as the best “Key To Innovation” for Energy.

Sebastiano Sanna

sannasebastiano@hotmail.com

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