Pavel Livinskiy, Director General of PJSC ROSSETI, at the session “World Energy: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” has presented the priorities of energy transformation in Russia to the industry community.
Speaking about modern trends in the development of the power industry, Pavel Livinskiy has noted that transformation of the energy market in Russia is currently insignificant compared to what is happening in the markets of other countries.
“In course of time, the role of renewable energy, active consumers, demand-side management, energy storage and storage systems will increase, the number of electric vehicles will undergo a growth. Digitalization of grids will form the basis for future transformation processes in the power industry,” said Pavel Livinskiy. “Digitalization, emphasized by the President of Russia among strategic priorities, is of paramount importance for the stable development of the economy, energy security, regions, and the solution of environmental problems.”
He underlined that development of digitalization is not an end in itself, but a means to significantly increase the efficiency of energy companies and business processes in energy management.
According to expert estimates, by 2030 the share of consumer load will be more than 50%. Thus, it is possible to predict a sharp growth in control facilities of a voltage range 0.4–35 kV, which predetermines the need and importance of developing distribution grids in the voltage class 0.4–10 kV on the basis of digital technologies next 10–15 years.
As the basic element of digitalization process, the head of PJSC ROSSETI outlined automation, including the introduction of smart metering of electricity, which will effectively reduce losses and provide an opportunity for development of new interactive services for consumers.
“A number of new axes of PJSC ROSSETI activities will appear as a result of digitalization. In particular, services to improve the reliability of electricity supply through the use of storage devices, output of power, available on the consumer-side, into the mains in retail market, management of energy efficiency at the consumer-side on the basis of smart electricity metering systems, ” said Pavel Livinskiy.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Association "Community of Energy Consumers" Alexander Starchenko has noted that, with the new arising challenges, the role of the grid complex is rapidly changing.
“I would like the grid to be able not only to transport electricity downright, but supplementary to organize an opportunity for communication at the lower level, for every independent producer of electricity has the opportunity to exchange with the energy and services on this basis, ” said Alexander Starchenko.
He emphasized the PJSC ROSSETI's best practices in this direction.
The First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Alexey Teksler, speaking at the session, has stressed the significant role of digitalization in the country's energy sector.
“The advantages of energy digitalization are obvious. The interaction between electricity producers and consumers will occur on the basis of new modern technologies. Technologies are developing very actively, therefore the role of the state is to ensure the flexible regulation. On the one hand, it is necessary to guarantee cybersecurity, on the other – to give the way for technologies, for development and implementation. It is important that we shorten the distance between big power and partcular consumer. ”
A separate report for the development of digital technologies in the capital of Russia was presented to the participants of the session by Peter Biryukov, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Public Utilities and Public Works of Moscow.
“Moscow is a metropolis where all modern technologies are being worked out. A series of large energy facilities have been modernized in the energy sector in recent years. More than 40 inefficient heat sources in the heat supply system were decommissioned, with their subsequent transfer to larger thermal power plants of the Moscow City. Large power plants are introduced in the power supply system: “Bersenevskaya”, “Skolkovo”, “Medvedevskaya”. Peter Biryukov has pointed out that "All the backbone stations in the gas supply system were reconstructed.”
“The procedures for development, held in the Moscow energy complex contributed to obtaining of significant results in reducing the in-process losses by up to 6% and lowering of negative impact on the ecology of the city,” said Peter Biryukov.
The session participants unanimously agreed that in the conditions of the fourth industrial revolution, the presence of competences and best practices in the field of digitalization, automation and industrial Internet of things becomes the basis of competitiveness of companies and the state in international markets.
The discussion was also attended by Pavel Zavalny, Chairman of the State Duma Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Energy Resouces, Alexander Liberov, President of Siemens Company in Russia, Simone Mori, Head of the Europe and North Africa Division, Head of the Division for Government Relations, Enel S.p.A., Secretary General, Chief Executive Officer of the World Energy Council (WEC) Christoph Frei. Markus Uhl, Head of the International Practice on PwC Digital Power, moderated the panel session.