CPFL Energia completes first phase of smart grid rollout


São Paulo, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — September 27, 2013 – CPFL Energia, Brazil’s largest private electricity group, has completed the first phase of its smart grid rollout, with deployment of Silver Spring Networks’ networking technology to Grupo A (commercial and industrial) clients in the state of São Paulo.

In the next phase, the technology will be implemented for Grupo A clients in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. This is expected to bring the total number of C&I customers connected to over 25,000 by the end of 2014.

CPFL also expects to leverage Silver Spring’s networking platform for an initial project to deploy the smart grid to residential, low voltage customers later in 2013. Further, an initial distribution automation project is anticipated, which will automatically reinstate itself in case of failure, redirecting energy flows though alternative channels to increase service reliability.

“As a part of CPFL`s Tauron infrastructure modernization initiative, we’ve devoted much of our investment to this smart grid program,” said Paulo Bombassaro, engineering director at CPFL Energia. “CPFL’s success leading the first commercial grade smart grid deployment in Brazil is based on the IPv6 platform from Silver Spring, and our customers are already reaping the benefits today.”

CPFL’s Tauron Program was created to improve grid reliability, speed up response time, optimize on-site operations, and protect group revenues. During this phase of the program, CPFL is already seeing the initial results, including 99.8% network performance and reliability, reductions in the volume of fraud and number of faults, and heightened consumer control and management of their energy usage particularly during peak power usage.

Upon the project’s anticipated completion in 2014, CPFL expects to have eliminated 25,000 truck rolls per month, which are currently required to read legacy meters