CPFL to invest R$215 million in smart grids by 2013


Heider Araújo,
Director, CPFL
São Paulo, Brazil — (METERING.COM) — February 7, 2012 – Brazilian power group CPFL Energia intends to invest R$215 million (US$124 million) during 2012 and 2013 in smart grid and other technologies to improve its operational performance and relationships with customers.

The program Tauron will see the rollout of 25,000 smart meters to large industrial customers, as well as the implementation of operational and mobility solutions, including mobile workforce management and outage management systems, to automate the distribution network and optimize the productivity of field workers.

“With the implementation of these technologies, we are talking about a new concept of electric utility company,” commented Heider Araújo, director of CPFL and head of the Tauron program. “This will directly benefit the customer, who will receive intelligent solutions and more efficient service.”

Early in 2012 through the Tauron program digital accounts will be introduced in six of the group’s companies, CPFL Paulista, CPFL Piratininga, CPFL Leste Paulista, CPFL Sul Paulista, CPFL Jaguari and CPFL Mococa. These companies will then be able to send bills electronically, rather than in paper format, reducing costs and contributing to the preservation of the environment, according to a statement from the group.

According to the statement program Tauron is focused on technology, asset management, performance management and leadership, with the aim to reduce network occurrences and outage times, optimize the logistics of the field teams, and protect the revenue of the group.