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Conference: Metering, Billing/CRM India
Location: Mumbai, India
Presenter: Luiz Garbelotto
Abstract: Presented by Luiz Garbelotto at Metering, Billing/CRM India

During the nineteenth century human inventiveness brought to existence not only wonderful machines but also lucrative businesses. After all it was necessary to take the inventions benefits to people eager by the news. At the end of that century, together with the electric bulb invention, as it was necessary to supply the user a with power source, it came into being the electricity generation and distribution business.

Since that beginning, electricity distribution operators searched for ways to measure the quality and quantity of energy delivered to their clients, in order to receive the due payment for their investments and services. At that time the solution was to install a metering instrument at each premise and periodically, let’s say monthly, send a person to collect its indication. More than a hundred years have passed and things are still the same!

Electricity is an invisible product that flows through metallic wires, which demand is determined by the user. The sold energy is not witnessed by its seller. There’s only a measure machine, very quickly monthly visited by a person to collect its register.


In human society there’s a constant searching for welfare. Nature, besides its prodigal benefits, also causes discomfort and sometimes aggression to man. Wind, rain, storm, snow and intense heat always demanded man’s creativity in order to lessen his sufferings.

Man’s limitations also led him to create alternatives that could do great efforts instead of him or that could better his performance. Activities that more frequently demanded physical strength became targets to creative effort to the conception of machines. By this process came the knife, the wheel, the lever. Then man perceived that the same forces of nature which sometimes hurt him could be used for his benefit, if properly controlled. So, man exploited winds, waters, steam and even animal power. Preferred were daily and repetitive tasks.

Much time has passed, as past is Industrial Revolution, then a new technology domain comes: automation.

Automation is total or partial replacement of human intervention in the execution of tasks that otherwise would require more physical or intellectual effort from man. Besides human effort reduction, automation frequently conveys more efficiency, shortens execution time, increases accuracy and reliability, diminish accidents risk and increases uniformity of results. It is not its goal jobs posts elimination, but generally has this consequence. The capitalist enterprise, profits focused, is generally in search of means to reduce operational costs, to which automation has much to contribute.

Meter reading is fit for automation

Meter reading is a centennial practice fit for automation. Around the world millions of peoples still walk around every corner to read meters. The moment for the great leap has come. Technologies are available and their costs are getting down. But, as solutions appear electricity distribution companies are doubtful about what is the right path to follow. What technology to choose? What are the risks involved? What are the impacts to the modus operandi of the company? How much would a full deployment cost? How fast should it be undertaken?

At Celesc, thinking about this, we realized that a reasonable step should be to implement a pilot project. Pilot project is a complete system miniature, operating in real conditions. With a pilot project we can face, in a much lowered degree, technical challenges, human dramas, budget restrictions and proofs of the organizational model.

Celesc’s pilot project aims to achieve several goals: to test the technology, to identify the risks to be faced in a full-scale deployment, to produce unabridged documentation about perceptions, requisites and preferences that will serve as lessons learned, and to test concepts. To that end, the pilot project has the following functionalities:

German government- funded smart grid project now under way

[img:Federal_0_1.gif| ]Berlin, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- October 1, 2008 - The MEREGIO (Minimum Emission Region) project, which is receiving funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as a winner of the E-Energy funding competition, is now under way.

The project, taking place in the region of Karlsruhe/Stuttgart, aims to use ICTs to minimize carbon emissions and to contribute to climate protection. The centerpiece of the concept is the development of a minimum emission certification procedure for the region demonstrating with high public visibility energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Endesa presents proposals to reduce energy consumption

[img:Spanish%20flag_0.jpg| ]Madrid, Spain --- (METERING.COM) --- October 1, 2008 - Spanish utility Endesa has presented proposals to reduce energy consumption by more than 30 percent in households and 40 percent in the lighting sector.

The proposals, for micro-cogeneration and luminous flux regulation, were presented at the First International Fair and Conference on Bioclimatic Architecture, Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency in Buildings (Ecobuildings 2008) held in Zaragoza, Spain, last week.

California adopts long term energy efficiency plan

[img:peevey_michael_0.jpg|Michael R. Peevey,
CPUC]San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 22, 2008 - A long term energy efficiency plan aimed at achieving maximum energy savings across all major groups and sectors in California up to 2020 and beyond has been adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

The plan is the state’s first integrated framework of goals and strategies for saving energy, covering government, utility, and private sector actions, and holds energy efficiency to its role as the highest priority resource in meeting California's energy needs.

Latin America and Caribbean could save US$36 billion through energy efficiency...

[img:CFL_0.jpg| ]Sao Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- September 17, 2008 - Latin American and Caribbean countries could save an estimated US$36 billion over the next decade by adopting affordable and available technologies to improve their energy efficiency, including compact fluorescent lighting and efficient motors, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Smart Energy Canada 2009: CALL FOR PAPERS, 23-25 February 2009, Toronto,...

If you have ideas, experiences, products or strategies for the energy and water metering sector in Canada, then this is your chance to tell the world!

Smart Energy Canada 2009 takes an in-depth look at all aspects of modern, integrated utility energy systems, from distribution all the way through to engagement with the customer. It will explore using the meter for energy efficiency, the future benefits of the smart grid, increased involvement of the consumer as part of the energy efficiency solution, demand response management and AMI.

Support for energy efficiency in Mexico

[img:IADB.thumbnail.jpg| ]Mexico City, Mexico --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2008 - Funding of US$0.75 million from the Japanese Trust Fund for Consultancy Services at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is being provided to support the development of pilot projects targeting energy efficiency and increased use of alternative energy sources in low and medium income households in the Mexican state of Baja California.

Allegheny Power deploy AUI demonstration projects

[img:PEvanson_0.jpg|Paul J. Evanson,
Chairman & CEO,
Allegheny Power]Greensburg, PA, U.S.A --- (METERING.COM) --- September 3, 2008 – Allegheny Energy subsidiary, Allegheny Power, is to deploy advanced utility infrastructure (AUI) projects that will help identify new technologies for the nation’s electricity grid.

The projects have the potential to move beyond technologies such as smart meters to advance communication and network control, linking customers’ equipment and appliances with utility infrastructure.  ‘The ideal outcome will be a system that reduces peak power consumption, enables real-time pricing options, improves system efficiency and enhances service reliability,’ the utility said in a statement.

U.K. government encouraged to deploy smart meters to more consumers

[img:Andrew.thumbnail.jpg|Andrew Warren,
Director, Association
for the Conservation
of Energy]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 1, 2008 – The Association for the Conservation of Energy, a research and lobbying group that works to raise a positive awareness of energy conservation and encourage increased investment in energy saving measures, has called on the government to ensure that small businesses and individual households get smart meters for improved energy efficiency.

Electric utilities offered incentive to develop energy efficiency programs

[img:gbrown_0.jpg|Garry Brown,
New York State
Public Service
Commission]New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 21, 2008 – The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today agreed to set aside up to $27 million that would be given to electric utilities as an incentive to develop cost-effective programs designed to assist consumers to improve energy efficiency and reduce anticipated increases in consumer electricity bills.

ACEEE names four champions of energy efficiency

[img:aceee.06.thumbnail.gif| ]Pacific Grove, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 21, 2008 – The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its biennial conference, the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. These awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, or private sector initiatives. The winners for 2008 are:

Energy efficiency a priority for Latin American and Caribbean countries

[img:Carlos.thumbnail_0.jpg|Carlos Arturo Flórez
Piedrahita, Executive
Secretary, Olade]Quito, Ecuador --- (METERING.COM) --- August 20, 2008 - Energy efficiency is a priority resource for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to delegates at a recent seminar organised by the Latin American energy association, Olade, in Quito, Ecuador.

Replacing incandescent lamps with energy saving lamps and incorporating efficient appliances and motors were some of the common actions identified by delegates in order to incorporate energy efficiency as an additional energy resource in the region.

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