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US network tech to deploy smart grid across Brazil

Silver Spring networks to deploy smart grid system for energy firm CPFL across Brazilian states

The project will boost grid power across Brazil

US energy network technology is being used to deploy a smart grid system across Brazil. Silver Spring Networks, a US networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, has been selected for a foundational smart grid networking project across energy firm CPFL’s Brazilian distribution area.

The standards based Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform will enable CPFL to deploy a robust smart grid infrastructure for a diverse range of commercial and industrial customers throughout its concession area. The project includes parts of the states of Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Minas Gerais.

After the initial widespread commercial and industrial deployment, this already deployed infrastructure can be used for the expansion of smart grid coverage for Low Voltage (residential) clients and can facilitate new distribution grid automation projects.

Mauro Carmello, manager of operations and automation at CPFL Energia, said: "We are very pleased to have Silver Spring Networks partner with us to bring an open, standards-based smart grid to Brazil.

"CPFL is adopting a telecom infrastructure technology which will allow introduction of smart grids in Brazil and, for that, we are counting on Silver Spring to set a global benchmark in how we provide our clients with power and information. We believe that the smart grid system will significantly improve the company's operating efficiency, particularly in terms of energy metering, automation and network operation processes.”

The Silver Spring Networks Smart Energy Platform combines advanced networking infrastructure, software and services to enable a wide range of smart grid applications.

Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of Global Development at Silver Spring Networks, said: “Our proven, standards-based networking platform creates an open and interoperable base on which smart grid applications can be implemented, bringing electricity industry innovation to an increasing number of Brazilian consumers.”