Susana Bañares, Manager of Demand-Side Management Department, is to take part in a seminar on electric mobility and efficiency of the electrical system organised by the Zaragoza Chamber of Commerce.
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The energy transition towards a model with minimal carbon emissions such as that outlined in recent international agreements must be carried out with an environmental, economic and technical sustainability approach that benefit the environment and users and that also result in a system that can be managed technically. This is one of the conclusions presented by the Manager of the Red Eléctrica Demand-Side Management and Smart Grids Department in Spain, Susana Bañares, in the seminar "Energy efficiency, future prospects and strategies for change" on 27 February organised by the Zaragoza Chamber of Commerce and in which other companies and institutions took part, such as Endesa, Efinétika and Zaragoza City Hall, whose Delegate Councillor for the Environment and Mobility, Teresa Artigas, closed the session.
In her intervention on electric mobility and the efficiency of the electric system, Susana Bañares recalled that for Red Eléctrica, an effective energy transition must consider different factors such as interconnections, demand-side management, self-consumption, the role of the active consumer, storage, renewable energies and electric mobility. With regard to this last point, she pointed out that the Spanish electrical system is prepared to integrate the demand for electric vehicles (still low, with some 9,500 units sold in Spain in 2017 compared to 290,000 in Europe as a whole, but with a clear upward trend), although it is necessary to face challenges such as breaking the circle that links shortage infrastructure and low electric car sales, creating electric transmission corridors that ensure inter-city mobility or accounting for the interoperability between different charging infrastructures in order to respond to real demands from users.
The seminar also served to present certain initiatives developed by Red Eléctrica in this field, such as the Electric Vehicle Control Centre (CECOVEL), which aims to support electric mobility in the current situation of energy transition. CECOVEL, which has been operating since January 2017, analyses the consumption of electric vehicles monitoring more than 900 charging points in the country, which makes it possible to identify the demands of these new consumers in real time, preparing the operation of the system for the time when demand for electric vehicles is more widespread.