São Paulo, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — June 15, 2011 – A research and development project aimed at bringing the benefits of smart meters to the city of São Paulo and setting the stage for a more reliable and efficient energy infrastructure in Brazil is being undertaken by AES Eletropaulo.
The project is utilizing GE smart meters and Trilliant’ wireless communications network to supply data to AES Eletropaulo’s meter data management center, with goals to improve system monitoring, identify problems before they occur, and reduce the duration of interruptions in energy supply.
“This new technology demonstrates the potential to improve our operational efficiency and increase customer satisfaction,” commented Richard Van Erven, director of technology services at AES Eletropaulo. “We want to prove the benefits of smart grid architecture with this project and soon expand the solution throughout our distribution system.”
Brazil’s regulatory agency Aneel is currently developing a regulatory framework for smart metering and also is studying a time-of-use rate proposal, with the findings due to be published later this year.
GE has a long history in Brazil and recently opened a new global research center in Rio de Janeiro which, among other activities, will generate smart grid solutions for the region.
AES Eletropaulo is the largest electricity distributor in Latin America by consumption and revenue, distributing electricity to 16.5 million inhabitants in 24 municipalities in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, including the capital.