With Enedis, Marianne Laigneau wants to “contribute to the first low-carbon Olympics”

Marianne Lineau, President of the Enedis Executive Board since 2020, was in Montpellier this weekend, for a roundtable organized with clients, partners and mayors.

In a context in which climate issues are finally coming into play due to global turmoil: the health crisis and the war in Ukraine, what is the role of Enedis in this desirable environmental shift?

Renewable energies (EnR), autonomous consumption and electric mobility: these are three axes and three dimensions that underlie Enedis’ desire to contribute to this change because they need to be connected to the distribution network. First, our company supports the development of renewable energies in the French energy mix.

In fact, 90% of renewable energy production sites are connected to the distribution network operated by Enedis: 540,000 nationwide and 90,000 in Occitanie; Solar installations for the most part, are growing vigorously. Innovative symbolic projects have been launched in the territory, such as in Sauve (Gard), storage batteries for NW Joules or the installation of a photovoltaic park on the grounds in Lignan sur Orb (Hérault). Next, the societal trend “I produce and I consume what I produce” accompanies the distribution network.

Occitanie, the first region in Europe with positive energy in 2050

“Our network orbits the Earth 45 times,” we would like to remember Ms. Laigneau, Chair of the Enedis Board of Directors since 2020. With 4 million km of networks in France, including 75,000 in ex.LR, the company responsible for routing becomes a core network with “All Electricity” coming soon.

The goal is to increase the share of electricity in our energy consumption from 25% to 55% or even 60% by 2050. The Occitanie region aspires to be the first region in Europe with positive energy at the same time. “The territory’s electricity transmission network enhances the transmission of energy. Enedis is responsible for the last mile of electricity, which transmits current to end customers. A major historical player. We operate 95% of the networks on French soil.

This concerns everyone, especially communities…

Certainly, in addition to the individual self-consumers who today number 164,000 throughout France, collective and/or public buildings produce and consume together through an equitable distribution of energy.

85 collective operations of self-consumption were launched at the end of February 2022, with Occitanie as the leader for 3 years: 17 collective operations, bringing together 245 participants (consumers and producers). A dynamic well illustrated by the example of OPH logis cévenols, the first social proprietor to offer a collective solution for self-consumption in Alès in a residence of 100 housing units as of the end of 2017. Savings of 100 euros on a bill in “all electric.”

Like the Eurekâ region in Montpellier, it is collectively supplied with renewable energy thanks to a partnership with Métropole and Enercoop. Finally, electric mobility, which is facilitated by Linky smart meters. The number of electric and hybrid vehicles – 700,000 currently – should reach 17 million in France by 2035. Hence the need to provide the associated service: the management of fees through the deployment of individual or combined stations. Linky, whose industrial deployment ended at the end of 2021 for 34 million installed meters (90% of households), was finally able to manage – for example in condominiums – the distribution of each user who chose an improved offer from one of the various suppliers.

For its part, Enedis is striving to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. We have the second largest fleet of electric vehicles, after the Post Office.

What are the innovative projects in favor of fully developing electricity?

Target all sectors! Music festivals or major sporting events.. The organizers of “major events” rely on energy independence and are not traditionally connected to the network. They continue to use diesel generators.

Two goals: to eliminate them or make them more “green”. Thus, Enedis is working in partnership with the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the aim of contributing to the organization of the first low-carbon JOP tournament. In the same spirit, the network is also equipping the ports by bringing the lines through the gates to the end of the berths. This was done in Marseilles and it will soon take over the role of CET, which will prevent the boats on the dock from running on diesel.

The greening of generators implies research and development projects with manufacturers and the development of “emission-free” low-carbon devices, which run on hydrogen cells or batteries. Since optimizing electricity consumption is a problem, the first experiments with the use of car batteries as a storage device have begun in Occitanie on an experimental basis. The Flexitanie project, based on the V2G principle, allows the use of electricity stored by other electrical uses. Enedis is proud to support this emblematic project.

You are organizing a special day to bring Enedis employees tangibly closer to their customers. How will this translate to our lands?

The “All Customers” operation, which took place on May 12 and 13, aimed to bring 38,000 Enedis employees closer to 37,000,000 customers. Admittedly, our teams in the field and the departments responsible for customer relations are already in close contact. But the central departments of the company, for example, are less directly (directly) involved: lawyers, human resource departments, etc. The idea is to engage them in local actions regarding customers: meet them, listen to them. This happened this weekend with the mayors, in Susan, Boquer, etc. “I also participated in a round table in Montpellier organized with clients and partners on a core theme: energy, climate and environmental transformation: towards a new electric France: more renewable energy, more autonomous consumption, more movement.

Regional Renewable Energy Figures

In the territory for example. Languedoc-Roussillon:

About forty renewable energy projects (large producers) are commissioned in 2021, roughly one project to be delivered per week.

More than 42,000 grid-connected production facilities (photovoltaics, wind, hydraulic, bioenergy, cogeneration, storage, etc.) including approximately 42,000 solar production sites and more than 100 wind energy production sites equivalent to 1960 MW in March 2022 .

More than 13,500 individual self-consumption operations (totaling 54.24 MW) and 8 collective operations with 175 participants (consumers and producers)

For Occitania, these are:

More than 90,000 grid-connected production facilities operated by Enedis, including more than 89,000 solar production sites and nearly 170 wind energy production sites equivalent to 3,866 megawatts, as of March 2022.

More than 29,600 individual self-consumption operations (totaling 124.11 MW) and 17 collective self-consumption operations with 245 participants (consumers and producers) March 2022.

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