Brazil’s Elster endorses new smart metering standards

22 August 2012 (Last Updated August 22nd, 2012 18:30)

Electricity measurement provider Elster has announced the endorsement of the new smart metering standards published by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL).

Electricity measurement provider Elster has announced the endorsement of the new smart metering standards published by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL).

The new standards mark a milestone in the modernisation of Brazil's power grid distribution system, the company said.

With the new resolution, meter manufacturers, metrology institutes, and utilities have up to 18 months to start replacing meters at customer requests.

They must offer a time-of-use tariff, also called a white tariff, which will be installed at customer's request and at no cost.

More features can be added to the meter, with the cost differential charged to customers, according to the regulations.

Geraldo Guimaraes, Elster Integrated Solutions vice president for Latin America, said while not a mandate, ANEEL has taken an important and very positive step forward regarding the deployment of smart meters in Brazil.

"Elster fully supports Brazil's transition to the Smart Grid, as it looks to improve the reliability and quality of energy supply and reduce operational costs and non-technical losses," Guimaraes added.

"With Elster's portfolio based on globally-accepted protocols and open standards, we are well-positioned to meet the anticipated demand for interoperable systems that enable Latin America's largest utilities to bring the benefits of AMI to consumers."

The company said its technical solutions that meet these requirements were already deployed with several electricity utilities, including Light, AES Eletropaulo, Neoenergia and Coelce.

Elster's Garnet solution allows utilities to deploy up to 12 single-phase electric smart meters in one unit, while the firm's Dracon solution is based on the Garnet concept and provides the same security features, but is designed for individual meter units.

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