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Eesti Energia introduces industry digitalization to EU Commission

BC, Tallinn, 09.02.2018.Print version
The roof organization of European electricity industry EURELECTRIC handed over to Vice President of European Commission Maros Sefcovic a shared vision for the future, according to which clean and smart energetics has a significant role in the future society in order to ensure a sustainable and competitive European economy, while the state owned Estonian energy group Eesti Energia introduced Estonia's experience with the digitalization of the energy industry, informs LETA/BNS.

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Eesti Energia took part in the development of the vision as a member of the Union of Electricity Industry of Estonia. Hando Sutter, chairman of the management board of Eesti Energia, introduced Estonia's experience with the digitalization of energy industry by handing over the vision for the future to European Commission, the company said.

"Estonia is one the few countries in the world, where smart electricity network and remotely operated meters are 100 percent in use. The most evident change for customers that accompanied the deployment of remotely operated meters was the liberation from having to report electricity readings. In addition, the system enables us to identify network failures much faster than before and gives us an opportunity to manage our investments better," Sutter said, adding that Eesti Energia is ready to share its experiences concerning digitalization with other countries as well.

According to Sutter, Estonia has longstanding experience with e-services, which is very much appreciated by people for its comfort and speed. Also, on the basis of the Paris Agreement, one of the cornerstones of EURELECTRIC's vision is cleaner energy production.

"In the strategy of Eesti Energia, we have taken climate objectives into account already before the Paris Agreement. Our production has become cleaner year by year. The future of oil shale energetics is oil, gas and electricity co-generation – this is the way to process oil shale in the most environmentally friendly and efficient way. By 2021, our goal is to increase the percentage of electricity produced from renewable and alternative sources up to 40 percent," he said.

All production units used at Eesti Energia are in accordance with the European Union's strict environmental standards. Also, an award received from the Ministry of the Environment for environmentally friendly production processes in January is an evidence of Eesti Energia's environmentally friendly production, the company said.

With the creation of the vision for the future, EURELECTRIC has assumed the role of being the leader of clean energy production in Europe, by encouraging energy producers and sellers to use more and more digital solutions. EURELECTRIC agitates energy producers to invest, so that an economical crossing to cleaner energy production could happen and that the energy system would become more responsive, flexible and efficient.

In its vision for the future, EURELECTRIC calls for the stakeholders to acknowledge climate friendly and reasonably priced electricity production, and to take digital technologies into use in energy production and sales.

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