Silver Spring Networks, Inc., a smart grid networking platform and solutions provider, and CPFL Energia—Brazil's largest private electricity group, serving seven million ratepayers in the states of Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Parana—have announced the successful completion of the Grupo A, commercial and industrial client smart grid rollout in the state of Sao Paulo.
The next phase, which calls for CPFL to implement the smart grid for Grupo A clients in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, is expected to bring the total number of commercial and industrial customers connected to more than 25,000 by the end of 2014.
CPFL launched its smart-grid strategy in 2009, when it joined IBM’s (News - Alert) Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC), a group of energy and utility companies working to further the adoption of smarter energy grids around the world. In addition to CPFL, some of the members include Alliander, CenterPoint Energy, DONG Energy, eRDF, Essential Energy, KEPCO, North Delhi Power Limited, Oncor, Pepco Holdings, Inc, Progress Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric and TEPCO.
Residential Rollout Later This Year
CPFL also expects to leverage the already installed Silver Spring networking platform for an initial project to deploy the smart grid to residential, low-voltage customers later in 2013.
CPFL further expects to partner with Silver Spring on an initial distribution automation (DA) project which will make the system self-healing in case of failure, redirecting energy flows through alternative channels to increase service reliability. This DA project also will leverage Silver Spring’s standards-based network, already in place.
“CPFL is leading the Brazilian energy industry with this smart grid rollout, unlocking benefits for customers, and improving the operating efficiency of its grid,” said Arthur Lobato, country manager, Silver Spring Networks–Brazil. “We’re excited to help CPFL leverage its underlying platform to deliver more advanced smart grid solutions to its customers.”
Sao Paulo, Brazil
“As a part of CPFL`s Tauron infrastructure modernization initiative, we’ve devoted much of our investment to this smart grid program,” said Paulo Bombassaro, engineering director at CPFL Energia. “CPFL’s success leading the first commercial-grade smart grid deployment in Brazil is based on the IPv6 platform from Silver Spring, and our customers are already reaping the benefits today.”
“We congratulate CPFL on its initiative to modernize its power infrastructure,” said Nelson Fonseca Leite, president of ABRADEE (Brazilian Association of Energy Distributors). “CPFL has built a successful smart grid deployment case and demonstrated that this is a sustainable concept.”
CPFL’s Tauron Program was created to improve grid reliability, speed up response time, optimize on-site operations, and protect group revenues. During this phase of the program, CPFL already is seeing results, including:
- Enhanced performance and reliability of its network, based on Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform, is providing unparalleled success rates of 99.8 percent;
- Reductions in the volume of fraud and number of faults, which now can be rapidly identified and corrected by transferring data of the smart metering system every 15 minutes;
- Increased customer control and management of energy usage, particularly during peak power use.
What’s more, when the project is completed in 2014, CPFL expects to have eliminated 25,000 truck rolls per month—which currently are required to read legacy meters
Silver Spring’s IPv6 networking technology enables utilities of all sizes and across all geographies to deploy the broadest array of smart grid solutions atop a common platform. Silver Spring is a longtime open standards technology leader dedicated to ensuring interoperability, and lower cost and risk for customers.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson