Brazilian government establishes smart grid work group


Márcio Zimmermann,
Minister of Mines
and Energy, Brazil
Brasilia, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — June 23, 2010 – The Brazilian government has recently established a smart grid work group to analyze and identify actions necessary for the deployment of a smart grid in the country.

An order from Brazil’s minister of mines and energy, Márcio Zimmermann, establishing the group sets out its work program as focusing principally on investigating state-of-the-art smart grid programs in Brazil and other countries; the adequacy of regulations and standards for distributors of electricity; the identification of resources for funding and incentivizing the production of equipment in the country; and the regulation of potential new actors in the market, including consumers and distributed generation providers.

The members of the work group are representatives from the ministry of mines and energy (MME), the Energy Research Company (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética, EPE), the Electric Energy Research Center (Centro de Pesquisas de Energia Elétrica, CEPEL), the National Electric Energy Agency (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica, ANEEL) and the National System Operator (Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico, ONS).

The work group is directed to complete its work within 180 days from the date of its establishment (April 16, 2010), followed by a further 30 days to complete and submit its report reviewing the technical studies and with an analysis and recommendations on measures that should be adopted.