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Issy les Moulineaux

Issy : the first city in France with a smart grid network in operation

Located in the south-west of Paris, alongside the Seine, Issy-les-Moulineaux is a town that is famous for its economic dynamism and its production of cutting edge technologies. The city is located in the centre of the Val-de-Seine business district, France's largest telecommunications and media hub.

In 25 years, 40% of the city has gone through sustainable urban redevelopment. Issy-les-Moulineaux is a pioneer city that is committed to innovative infrastructure and projects that promote environmental preservation, making it a dynamic actor in the "Grand Paris" project.

Issy-les-Moulineaux is the first city in France with a smart grid network in operation. Development of the "IssyGrid" smart grid started in 2011 and will extend over a period of 5 years. It is the first pilot site in France with a smart grid to optimise energy management at a district level. Developed within Seine Ouest business district (almost 10.000 people within an area of 160.000 m²), it was extended this year to Fort d'Issy digital eco-district and will gradually be extended to the whole city. This project is developed by a consortium of ten companies as follows: Alstom, Bouygues Immobilier, Bouygues Telecom, EDF Commerce, ERDF, ETDE, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Steria and Total. The IssyGrid management development will cover generation of renewable energies, consumption (housing, office buildings and shops), and storage (batteries) and overall optimisation. The grid will also include street lighting and electric vehicle recharging facilities. The implementation process, in progress, comprises three stages. Firstly, all types of energy consumption have been measured. Secondly, ressources are being put in place for power generation (solar PV, cogeneration, etc.) and storage. Finally, energy generation/consumption/storage systems will be pooled and managed as an entity in order to identify new ways to optimise energy use.

Several eco-districts are currently in the process of development within the city. Fort d'Issy for example, is a state-of-the-art eco-district and a leading example in terms of innovative urban services. The buildings were designed with a bioclimatic approach which avoids wasting energy. Hot water and heating are produced by geothermal means and waste is collected via an underground pneumatic system that eliminates noise and visual pollution, as well as smells, within the district. Finally, all the buildings are connected to fibre optic network.

In addition, Issy-les-Moulineaux is also focussing its efforts on :

► Compliance with the HQE (High Environmental Quality) approach and renewable energies use in all current new constructions.

 Integration of public green spaces into all redevelopment projects.

► The promotion of soft modes of transport : pedestrians, cyclists and electric vehicles, trough the installation of recharging stations in all public places.


Finally, Issy is also determined to increase citizens' participation in the city actions for example, with the European project "Citadel on the Move", open data and crowd sourcing are being developed in order to promote the creation of "smart" public services, created by citizens themselves.

In 2008, Issy-les-Moulineaux was awarded by the European "Living Labs" label for its innovative ICT services and applications.