First Smart Grids Latin America opens today

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Santiago, Chile — (METERING.COM) — November 26,2008 – Smart Energy International América Latina’s first Smart Grids Latin America opens today in Chile’s capital Santiago, location of one of the first smart grid initiatives in the region.

Around 100 participants are expected from across the region and from as far afield as Europe to set out a roadmap for smart grids in Latin America, in order to assure the future security of energy supply.

While technological developments in utilities in regions such as North America and Europe are being driven by demand response and energy efficiency requirements, in many of the countries in Latin America the main concern is the reduction of losses and revenue protection. As a consequence the deployment of smart metering and smart grid technologies is a relatively recent development and while projects are under way in many of the countries in the region as yet nowhere are these widespread and regulatory support is at best limited.

Program highlights today include “Smart Grid 101” – a seminar on developing a roadmap for Latin American utilities, and technology briefings reviewing state of the art for the smart grid. The program continues tomorrow with the formal opening and panel discussions on the utility vision for smart grids in the region, regulatory and standards requirements to build a smart grid, and what is next for the future utility? In addition several case studies will be presented and the infrastructure requirements to support the smart grid will be discussed.

The host utility for the event is Chilectra, Chile’s largest electric utility in terms of electricity sales, with almost 1.5 million customers in 33 municipalities in the Santiago metropolitan region.

The event will conclude with a site visit to view Chilectra’s smart grid pilot and substation automation project on Friday.