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Enel: consumers will control the energy market, investments în digitalisations needed


 In the future, consumers will control the energy market and companies will be able to facilitate this by investing in digitalisation, head of Enel Romania's Sustainability and Public Affairs Alessio Menegazzo said on Friday, attending the Aspen Bucharest Forum. 

The concept so far has been to build at large scale - large equipment and tools, large networks, and at the end of the chain there's the consumer who was just a passive element in the entire sequence. The entire chain is now changing dramatically. The future of the energy sector is one where the consumers will control the market, Menegazzo said. 

The only way to achieve this is by digitalisation, he added. 

Enel country manager Georgios Stassis said in March that Romania could reach the EU goal to install by 2020 smart meters with 80 percent of electricity consumers, and that it is possible that by 2023 all users are fitted with smart metering systems. 

A significant part of our strategy is the installation of smart meters. There is an 80 percent target set by the European Union for 2020 and we will further invest in this area to achieve this goal, Stassis said. 

Italian power company Enel will invest in Romania between 2017 - 2019 no less than 200 million euro for the digitalisation of networks and equipment, according to the strategy announced one year ago.