The Brazilian utility unit of AES Corp. (AES), Eletropaulo Metropolitana Electricidade de Sao Paulo SA, plans to install smart meters to monitor electricity usage for as many as 80,000 customers to improve the reliability of its power grid.
The installation is part of a three year program which also intends to be used to curb theft.
A growing number of South American utilities are using smart meters, which may transmit data wirelessly and provide utilities with information on blackouts and identify customers who may be illegally tapping power lines. Eletropaulo has installed about 60000 smart meters to date, making this its biggest smart-grid project, reports Bloomberg.
The meters will comply with national standards that are expected to be issued this year by the country’s electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica, he said.
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