#Russian Energy Week 2018 - Sustainable Energy for a Changing World

Published on Wednesday, 10 October 2018

For the second consecutive year Enel actively participated in the Russian Energy Week International Forum launched by the Government of the Russian Federation and organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow. 

This year the program of the Forum covered future scenarios and trends in the energy sector on a global level and the most significant measures to be taken in order to provide secure energy supplies to individual countries and geographical macro-areas, thereby increasing the competitiveness of national economies and giving millions of citizens a better quality of life. 

Francesco Starace, Enel CEO and General Manager, took part in the most important event of the Forum – the plenary session on "Sustainable Energy for a Changing World" opened with welcoming speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

In his speech, Francesco Starace highlighted that Enel has been operating on Russian market for over a decade and is carrying out projects in energy sector. Since last year the Company has also launched RES projects in Russia. 

“Russia is one of the luckiest countries in the world in terms of energy sources. By increasing its development of renewable energy, Russia has created a whole new innovative and sustainable industry that can pick up and become a competitive battleground for business”

– Francesco Starace, Enel Group CEO and General Manager

Simone Mori, Enel's Head of Europe and North Africa and Head of European Affairs spoke at a panel session on the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and the digitalization of energy. In his speech he talked about Enel's investments in digitalization and grid, the company's 15 years experience in installing smart meters. 

Stephane Zweguintzow, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enel Russia, took part in the panel session "Investing in Energy: New Opportunities", where he spoke about the priorities of Enel Group in Russia and creation of Enel X, Enel Group division that develops innovative products and digital solutions. 

Besides, on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week International Forum Rosseti's Director General Pavel Livinsky and Enel CEO Francesco Starace discussed cooperation in digitalization of Pskov region power grid complex. The Pskov project was announced last year, it implies installation of software and hardware complex, which includes manageable grid elements, intelligent power metering systems with remote data collection and a modern integrated system for managing all grid elements. 

In addition to interventions of the Company’s speakers, the Russian Energy Week also brought us the All-Russian MediaTEK-2018 Award (All-Russian Contest of Press Services of Fuel and Energy Companies). The third place in nomination “Promotion of Fuel and Energy Sector Careers”, category “The Best Press Service of Federal Fuel and Energy Companies” was awarded to Enel for its project #KnowOurProfessions. #KnowOurProfessions is the series of articles about the Company’s employees published in local media in Sredneuralsk, Reftinsky, Konakovo and Nivinnimyssk since October 2017.  

The Project made it possible to publish dozens of articles about our colleagues giving audience a chance to find out more about energy sector professions and to get a glimpse on a regular working day of people who bring light and heat to our homes.   

The Forum ended on October 6 with the REW Youth Day, where Enel team took part in interactive sessions. Our colleagues presented a project on how to integrate RES technologies and smart grids into power supply of Arctics and Russia Far East isolated energy systems. 

“Events like this one give a chance to expand our knowledge in different areas of Fuel and Energy Complex, to cooperate with colleagues from other units and to get team work experience”

– Opinion of our participants

One of the feature of the REW Youth Day is that young professionals, schoolchildren and students can have informal meetings with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. This year he was joined by Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotukov.

In 2018 the Forum was attended by over 9500 people, more than 3000 of them took part in the Youths Day of the Forum and around 3000 people represented Russian or foreign business including employees of 700 Russian companies and 200 companies from 66 other countries. 

*This section uses photographic materials from the Roscongress Foundation archives.