Belém, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — September 10, 2009 – Northern Brazilian utility Celpa (Centrais Elétricas do Pará) is to launch the second phase of its Celpa Digital project in the greater Belém metropolitan area with the activation of electronic meters for 72,000 customers.
The service will begin in Ananindeua, in the areas of Paar, Icuí-Guajará, Curuçambá, Cidade Nova, Águas Lindas and Águas Brancas. Thereafter the system will be activated in Icoaraci and in the city of Marituba.
In the first phase of the project, which began in 2007, 25,000 customers in greater Belém received electronic meters.
The meters are installed in a metal box mounted on poles, in order to eliminate tampering and illegal connections, and they are monitored by radio transmission to Celpa’s control center. Functionalities include remote reading, and remote disconnection and reconnection.
Customers are provided with a digital display in their homes to enable them to monitor their consumption and thereby contribute to the rational use of energy.
In the local activation of Celpa Digital, the company is also adopting a multiplexed network in place of the conventional electrical network. This type of network, formed by a single insulated cable at the top of the pole, is more secure and also promotes greater stability of the electrical system.
Celpa says that customers are being provided with extensive information about the new system. In addition those customers who currently pay the minimum rate for their consumption, but will begin to have their consumption measured with the activation of the meters, are receiving guidelines on using energy efficiently.