Integrated energy management firm Landis+Gyr is offering new metering options to Brazilian utility Light S.A.to meet the regulatory requirements of the White Tariff, a time-of-use tariff model.
Light S.A is using the solution providers new E430 single phase and E450 polyphase smart meters to access consumer load profiles and for fraud detection.
Marcelo Machado, CEO of Landis+Gyr South America, said: "Light will be the first utility to use the new meters, and is expected to be joined by other utilities needing to manage White Tariff challenges.
"Landis+Gyr developed this solution to help utilities deal with a more complex energy metering tariff,”
“Our new products include three different time slots in a more flexible and easier-to-use way, while providing accurate billing data.”
The new smart meters enable utilities offering time-of-use tariffs to implement both short distance remote meter reading and advanced meter reading.
For utilities using Automated Meter Reading (AMR), meter data is collected through mobile devices at short distances.
Advanced meter reading which includes the smart meters remotely sending consumer energy usage data directly to the head office, is facilitated by smart grid infrastructure.
Landis+Gyr's new smart meters are interoperable with WI-SUN Alliance communication standards.
"The great advantage is that AMR and advanced metering infrastructure applications use the same meters, optimising their life cycle and depreciation. In both cases, problems related to accessing the meter for reading, connect and disconnect operations, and clock adjustment are solved, while operational costs with field teams are reduced," according to a statement.