Consumers increasingly empowered by smart metering and smart grid technologies


Smart metering and smart grid technologies are the key to empowering consumers to control their energy use, become more conscious of energy conservation and reduce theft.  Interest in these “smart” technologies is growing in Latin America with pilots in many of the countries in the region, with Brazil leading the way.  

The top business leaders, high-level utility representatives and technology companies in the metering and smart grids industries will converge in Sao Paulo, Brazil during the Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America and Smart Grids Latin America conference and exhibition from October 19-21 this year, to discuss the latest technologies and share best-practise experiences.  

What are “smart grids”?
A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability. Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence or global warming issues. – Wikipedia

Smart technologies mean smart consumers
"Further stimulus of such projects is expected from key developments over the past year, including the high profile accorded to smart grids by United States President Barack Obama in his economic recovery initiatives and the accelerated development of interoperability standards. Locally, broadband over powerline regulation Resolution 527 was approved in Brazil", says Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of Smart Energy International America Latina, a leading metering industry publication and the host publication of the 7th Metering Latin America.

Recently Landis+Gyr, a sponsor at the Metering Latin America conference and a leading company offering energy management smart grid solutions, received approval to deploy the first AMS (Advanced Metering Solution) to be used in Brazil, empowering utility customers across the country to better manage their energy.

Smart solutions to credit crunch
According to Smart Energy International America Latina’s Jonathan Spencer Jones, “with the current economic conditions the need has never been greater for monitoring and reducing non-technical losses and revenue protection.  Brazil has a market potential of around 63 million meters.  In the water sector too there is huge potential for advanced metering and monitoring in improving water supply and revenue collection.”  

Part of this 3-day premium utilities event is a Water Meter Summit which includes a site visit to several water facilities in Sao Paulo, including the city’s largest water treatment station, Sabesp’s ETA Guarau.

Smart speakers
The annual Metering Latin America and Smart Grids Latin America in Sao Paolo is expected to attract some 800 visitors and 60 industry-elite speakers, including:

  • Oscar Armijos Gonzalez-Rubio, Director of Distribution, CATEG, Equador
  • Roberto Mario di Nardo, Director of Operations, AES Eletropaulo, Brazil
  • Jose Gesner, President, SABESP, Brazil
  • Sidney Simonaggio, Vice-President of Operations, Grupo Rede, Brazil
  • Cassilda Teixeira, Chairman of the Board, ABES, Brazil
  • Fabio Toledo, Project Manager, EDF R&D, Britain
  • Jorge Luis Busato, Distribution Vice-President, AES, Brazil

Some of the global technology companies involved in Metering Latin America and Smart Grids Latin America:  Choice, ELO, Elster, FAE, Itron, Oracle, Serta, V2COM, Nansen, Way2, CAM, ECIL, Electrometer, Landis+Gyr, Motorola, Texas Instruments and Informat.

For more information on the events and to view the updated programs, go to the event websites: and

For more information regarding the events, the program or to organize interviews with speakers, please contact:
Conference Manager:  Emmanuelle Nicholls      
Fax: 413 487 6276 / +27 21 700 3501 (International) 
Producer:  Alessandra Licati
Phone:  (48) 3334-2089

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