Member spotlight 4.16.14: Enel in China, Itron in Saudi Arabia, Alstom in India and ABB in Italy

Council members are on an international roll in this week's spotlight. Scroll down to read about Enel's new pact in China, Itron's water technology roll out in Saudia Arabia, Alstom's transformer swap in India and ABB's work on a smart grid pilot in Rome.

Enel expands its foothold in the Chinese market: Italy's largest power company Enel, a Council Global Partner, recently signed a pact with the world's largest state-owned utility, State Grid of China. The two will cooperate on smart grid technologies that can enable sustainable urban development as well as on exchanging experiences in the implementation of renewable energy generation. Enel has been active in China since 2004 through a set of greenhouse-gas emissions abating projects.

Saudi Arabian deploying Itron water technology: Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) is installing water technology from Council Global Partner Itron to help the city of Jeddah conserve water resources. Jeddah is an important commercial hub in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a population of over 5 million people. Most of Jeddah's water comes from expensive desalination plants. Itron’s metering technology, including 141,000 residential, commercial and industrial water meters equipped with wireless communication modules, will enable NWC to track and use water resources more efficiently.

Alstom will replace Bhadrawati's old transformers: Alstom T&D India and Alstom Grid UK won a 22.75 million euro contract from state-run Power Grid Corp. to supply and refurbish High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter transformers in northern India. "These transformers will strengthen the 1,000 MW HVDC station at Bhadrawati in Maharashtra, which interconnects and moves surplus power from West India to South India," Alstom, a Council Global Partner, said.

ABB will help on Rome smart grid pilot: ABB, a Council Associate Partner, won an order from ACEA (Azienda Comunale Elettricità e Acque), the Italian utility, to supply medium voltage products that will be part of a pioneering smart grid project spanning a new section of Rome's electrical distribution network. As part of the order, ABB will supply its state-of-the-art and extremely compact switchgear that was specifically developed for smart grid applications and has combined current and voltage sensors for use in secondary substations.