Sete Lagoas, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — April 13, 2012 – Brazilian utility Cemig is to trial its new smart meters in its Cities of the Future project in the city of Sete Lagoas, in the central region of Minas Gerais province.
During July, 3,800 new smart meters will be deployed in the city, the company has announced.
“The new meters provide control of consumption via computational applications that are also being supplied by Cemig,” said Daniel Senna, manager of the Cities of the Future project. “For Cemig the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure marks a new level of relationship with our customers and a technological challenge we are winning.”
The pilot project is expected to provide important information on the use of the smart meter and on the pricing model, currently under discussion by the regulatory agency, Aneel.
With the new meters and telecommunications system, tests will be conducted on the sending and receipt of data, including energy consumption and alarms that indicate in real time a lack of energy or other supply problems.
Sete Lagoas, 70 km from the provincial capital Belo Horizonte, was selected for the Cities of the Future project as having a representative sample of Cemig’s customers as well as the presence of the company’s corporate university campus, UniverCemig, with its test laboratories.
The Cities of the Future project is aimed to assess the capabilities and benefits of smart grid technologies and the viability of their expansion throughout the company’s concession area, as well as validating products, services and innovative solutions to improve service delivery.