Essen, Germany and Sao Paulo, October 23, 2012 — Neoenergia, the largest electricity distribution group in Northeast Brazil, serving more than 8.4 million customers, is rolling out 35,000 metering endpoints based on Elster's Garnet solution in the country's northeastern region (Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte states). Spain's multinational group Iberdrola owns 39 percent of Neoenergia Group.
The rollout follows the 1,311 endpoint pilot project with Elster's Garnet solution completed late last year to reduce non-technical losses and enhance collections.
Neoenergia established a new configuration to its distribution network, where read, disconnect and reconnect to consumer units can be remotely executed, improving operational effectiveness. Elster's Garnet solution is also equipped with radio frequency (RF) mesh communications and networking features.
Developed and manufactured in Brazil, Elster's Garnet solution allows utilities to deploy up to 12 single-phase electric smart meters in one unit, which is typically installed on the top of an electric transformer pole to prevent unauthorized access to the equipment.
Rollouts of Elster's Garnet solution have continued to gain momentum in Brazil, with a number of major utilities deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) as part of essential upgrades to the electric distribution network. AES Eletropaulo, the largest power distribution company in Brazil with more than six million customers, has completed an initial roll-out of Garnet solution in the Morada do Sol community and is now preparing a second roll-out in another community.
Also, Light S.A., the second largest utility in Brazil, has selected Garnet as part of its AMI program for the communities of Macacos, Alemao and Cidade de Deus in the state of Rio de Janeiro.