Multinational electric utility Energias de Portugal (EDP) is working with the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo to connect two municipal cities to a smart power grid, Brazilian news website Último Instante reported.

The Inovcity project, which has an investment of US$5 million, is a partnership with the state government – the Agency for Public Service Power of the Holy Spirit – and municipal governments.

The Inovcity vision aims to implement technologies to improve greater efficiency and quality of customer service delivery, using smart metering, efficient lighting, micro-generation renewable energy, electric mobility, and energy efficiency measures.

Smart meter installation

EDP will begin by installing 5,500 smart meters developed by the energy company’s R&D department in the municipalities of Domingos Martins and Marechal Floriano.

The deal comes as part of EDP’s strategy to increase global smart grid projects.

Miguel Amaro, executive vice president of distribution operations at EDP, said: “Smart grids are in early stages of development around the world, and EDP is ahead of this process in the city of Aparecida in São Paulo, and in Europe in the Portuguese city of Évora.”

EDP Brazil started a smart meter pilot in the city of Aparecida in 2011 using a unit developed by the energy company and Ecil Energia.

The meter was the first to be approved by the national standards body Inmetro.

[Read more – Smart meters approved in Brazil]

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