The national call for projects on Intelligent Electronic Networks (REI) awarded the European Metropolis of Lille (MEL) for its project, “You&Grid.” The MEL will therefore receive financial support from the national government to be used to implement its development strategy for REIs and strengthen its dynamic energy transition.
Intelligent Electronic Networks combine energy and digital technologies. They allow for the integration of renewable energy and electric vehicles into the electric system, and for the monitoring of energy consumption in order to promote energy savings and lower electric bills. They are an essential part of the energy transition for green growth.
This comprehensive energy policy is at the hands of citizens and businesses. The strengthened capacities of cities, the transfer of responsibilities and the new challenges of optimization were introduced by the Loi MAPAM, the Modernization of Public Action and Affirmation of Cities Law (Modernisation de l’Action Publique et d’Affirmation des Métropoles). Thanks to this law, the distribution of gas and electricity, the creation and the management of heating networks and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles are in the hands of cities.
Sélogène Royal, minister of the Environment and Emmanuel Macron, minister of the Economy, Industry, and Digital Affairs, presented the results of this national call for projects for the widespread deployment of intelligent electronic networks. The call was launched in April 15, 2015 within the framework of the “sustainable city” solution of the New Industrial France.
After the review of the applications by a a panel of independent experts, the following projects were selected :
- YOU&Grid, created by the MEL, with the rest of the region;
- FLEXGRID, created by the Regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur; and
- SMILE, created by the Regional council of Brittany, along with the Pays-de-la-Loire.
The three winning projects will be able to make use of the “investment in the future” fund, and benefit from the 50 million euros financial support that have been allocated for energy savings actions and monitoring of energy consumption.
This deployment will help develop the strategies of the French sector of smart electric networks, structured within the association “Think Smartgrids” which was created as part of the New Industrial France framework. It will also strengthen its dynamism to facilitate the energy transition and the creation of green jobs.
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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