Zooming in Torino pilot site

Paola Leto from ATC answers our questions about the Italian pilot site Torino.

Can you tell us more about your pilot site?

Turin pilot site is quite challenging for its size and the complex situation both social and technical. In fact we have three different buildings and three different ways to meter and evaluate consumption because there are three different providers. The three buildings (MOI, Spina 3 & Orbassano) consist in a total surface of 44.606,60 m² for a total of 697 dwellings. The location of the buildings that compose the pilot site is quite strategic: MOI and Spina 3 are two former industrial areas revived by the City of Turin in the recent past and are the “beginning” of the smart urban plan of Turin: MOI at south and Spina 3 at north. The launch of the new planning grid of Turin happened in 2006 for Winter Olympics and MOI and Spina 3 are two successful examples of new neighborhoods.

Who are the partners for this pilot site and what are their roles?

ATC Torino is the public body in charge for the management of social housing for the Province of Turin in the north of Italy. The property of the buildings part of the site is the Municipality of Turin and ATC manages the property on its behalf.

In order to give to the project a scientific value, Politecnico di Torino is also involved and in particular the Department of Energy. Aside to ATC and Politecnico the pilot site avail of the efforts of the in-house company of ATC – Getica and Exegesi- the former to provide the portal and the latter as service and maintenance managers.

Why did you decide to take part in the BECA project?

Turin site decided to be part of BECA project in order to have the possibility to replay the innovative experience coming from the FP6 Project Policity. Policity was part of a larger initiative aimed at promoting integrated energy systems based on distributed generation (co-generation and renewable energies). The involvement of the inhabitants of the social housing in Policity project achieved a good results in terms in energy consumption reduction and this positive experience convinced ATC and Politecnico di Torino to try to offer innovative ICT service and not only energy requalification in order to achieve a real time monitoring of the energy consumption and to have a 20% expected resource consumption reduction in pilot sites.

In addition, we expect to involve and inform about achievements of the project goals of the relevant stakeholders in the region, such as public administrations, utilities, research centres and final users.

How did the tenants react to the implementation of BECA in your pilot site?

It is still too early to see their real feelings toward BECA. They will probably welcome a system that helps them to reduce the costs of their household, even though they will have to pay a part of it.

In Italy, do you think these kind of solutions will be broadly disseminated in the future?

Communicate energy saving systems and methods is at present very fashionable in Italy. In the last days the National Government launched an incentive for refurbishing domestic building equal to 50% of the expenditure that includes refurbishment of existing plant with new energy efficient systems. This gives the pulse of the fact that Italy is very interested in saving energy. It is known that in Rome Techem for example already conducted a big project for heating metering.

Energy consumption at present is a sensible matter due to the fact that the Italian Authority for Energy has fixed a firm date – 2012 – to equip all household with smart metering; on top of it EACI has the objective to finance projects to educate people to “smart” reading of bills. Politecnico di Torino aims to participate to this project and this can be a good channel to disseminate BECA.