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German tech used for smart grid rollout in Brazil

CPFL Energia chooses Siemens’ smart metres to boost Brazilian grids

CPFL Energia said Siemens’ technology will help boost grid resiliency and efficiency

German technology is being used for a smart grid rollout across Brazil. CPFL Energia, Brazil’s largest non state owned electric energy company, is using Siemens eMeter EnergyIP metre data management platform as part of its smart grid initiative.

CPFL’s Tauron Smart Grid initiative aims to improve overall energy quality, operational performance and relationship with its customers. The initiative includes smart metering, MDM, outage management, and mobile workforce management solutions.

CPFL Energia said Siemens’ technology will help boost grid resiliency and efficiency, while providing a smooth transition to smart grid implementation.

The technology will be integrated with two advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems using eMeter AMI Adapter technology, as well as the core enterprise systems for CPFL's operating companies.

Mauro Carmello, manager of operative processes and automation at CPFL Energia, said: “CPFL Energia chose EnergyIP as the metre data management platform based on its proven track record, extensibility to support our multiple communication technologies and multiple operation companies.

“Our EnergyIP smart metering experts will ensure the proper delivery of the metre data management system that will help build resiliency and efficiency into their business, while allowing a smooth and successful smart grid transition.

CPFL Energia is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates and commercialises energy, in the Brazilian electricity sector, and also operates in the segment of value-added services. The company heads the distribution segment through its eight distributors, which serve 569 municipalities in the states of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Minas Gerais.

The eight distributors, which account for the distribution of electric energy to seven million customers across its concession area, will take a phased approach, initially implementing the eMeter EnergyIP platform to support its high and medium voltage customers.

Carmello said: “We believe the strength in eMeter’s platform and history of proven customer successes worldwide makes them the only energy information platform provider able to service our current and future needs.”