Responding effectively to growing demand for energy at the same time as limiting CO2 emissions means successfully addressing a major challenge: smart energy generation and consumption. Smart Grids are management systems that support the energy transition to an open, cooperative and more efficient electricity supply system.
Smart Grids make it possible to match energy supply to demand in real time. They allow consumers to play an active role in their consumption of energy and make their own personal contribution to the energy transition. So what is the principle behind it?
- Smart meters show users the actual level of consumption across the grid in real time.
- When demand is low, there is a surplus of energy available for use.
- When demand is high, it is time to save energy.
The smart production plant
Achieving higher levels of industrial energy efficiency is a global challenge. In France, industry is responsible for around 25% of all final energy consumption. In the quest to reduce energy bills, the blu.e by ENGIE solution is designed to help production plants begin their journey to the smart production plant of the future, which will be more agile, more flexible, less costly and more respectful of its workers and its environment. The blu.e platform therefore continually combines today’s best technologies, business methods and expertise to maximize industrial energy performance. blu.e offers its customers a choice of comprehensive energy management and optimization solutions, accompanied by a full range of services to support implementation of an energy information system, the introduction of good business practices and a continual improvement policy compliant with the ISO 50 001 Energy Management System standard.
The Smart City
But the energy transition also applies to entire cities. Our major urban centers must learn the principles of smart energy generation and consumption, which means taking account of the needs of institutions and users not only in economic terms, but also from a social and environmental perspective. They can do this by using the Smart City Dashboard, a smart city system that gathers and analyzes all the available urban data to suggest how it can best be used to help the city manage its energy supply and demand.