Rome, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2011 - Enel Distribuzione has begun installing the first smart grid in Italy in Isernia, a province in the Molise region in the central southeast of the country.

The technology installed will make it possible to optimally regulate the bi-directional flow of electricity generated from renewable resources on low and medium voltage networks and will enable new uses of energy, the company said in a statement.

A total investment of €10 million is projected for this pilot project, in which several thousand customers will take part.

The pilot smart grid linked to the Carpinone substation encompasses systems for estimating electricity generated from renewable resources, sensors for the advanced monitoring of grid volumes, and interaction with electricity generators to provide advanced regulation of input flows. It also includes storage using 0.7 MW capacity lithium-ion battery technology to modulate flows of electricity, built by Siemens to Enel specifications, and recharging stations for electric vehicles. Equipment will also be installed in homes to allow customers to monitor their consumption.

The pilot program is just one of the initiatives that Enel is carrying out in the area of smart grids, the company added, commenting that it is currently implementing a 10-year restructuring plan for its entire distribution network (over 1 million km), coordinated with programs for encouraging the introduction of smart grids launched by the European Commission.