The southern Brazilian state of Paraná has launched the most advanced pilot for smart grids in the country by trialling network automation and remote metering of energy, water and gas, local media reports.

Copel, the state utility for Paraná, will deploy ​​10,000 consumer metering units across three neighborhoods, selected for the high population density and a cross-sample of the utility’s customer base.

The project will also test grid automation.

Vlademir Holy Daleffe, CEO of Copel Distribution, said: “The smart grid project aims to achieve a level of power network automation where the monitoring, identification and transmission of information allows the reconfiguration of the network after a supply interruption to be performed by the system itself.”

Paraná Smart Grid integrates smart programme Energy Paraná, launched by the State Government in September 2013 to encourage distributed generation from renewable sources.

Smart city

It will also test smart city concepts ranging from building automation to integration of electric cars and buses.

The local government is also using the pilot as a way of showcasing new applications for future energy infrastructure.

Copel has installed a showroom at its offices to display the smart grid plans, which is open for group visits from schools, universities and businesses.

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