Brasilia, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — November 2, 2011 – Brazil’s Center for Strategic Studies and Management (Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos, CGEE) has initiated a study on smart grids, under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation’s (MCTI) Secretariat of Technological Development and Innovation (Setec).
The study is aimed to provide a smart grid vision for the country, anticipating the challenges, opportunities, and economic, industrial, technological and social impacts on the country’s economy. The work also will provide input to the formulation of policies by the relevant government agencies involved in industry issues. The completion is scheduled for December 31.
The study was launched by the Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation, Ronaldo Mota, and the president of the CGEE, Mariano Francisco Laplane, at a recent workshop in Brasilia.
Other workshop participants included the Ministries of Mines and Energy (MME) and Development (MDIC), the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), the national metrology agency Inmetro, universities, the research agency CPqD, the national system operator ONS, and the energy regulator Aneel, as well as representatives from National Grid in U.K. and GIZ in Germany.
Smart grid activities by Setec/MCTI
The theme of smart grids is included in the planning of Setec/MCTI under the Program for Electric Energy Distribution and it features as one of the goals in the national strategy for science, technology and innovation for 2011-2014.
During the second half of 2011 the Setec has participated in two missions to Germany and the U.K. to investigate the technical and scientific aspects of smart grids and meet with relevant stakeholders.
The Setec is building a smart grid laboratory at the Federal University of Ceará (UFCE) in Fortaleza in northeastern Brazil, which is expected to open early in 2012.
The Setec is also a participant in the advisory committee for the development of a proposal for a national smart grid plan being undertaken by Brazil’s electricity distributors’ association Abradee and the telecommunications association Aptel.