German power engineering company Siemens is partnering with Itron and Brazilian firm Telemont to deliver a grid solution that will address non-technical losses in Brazil.The consortium will supply Brazilian utility company Eletrobras with smart grid solutions and has initiated the Energia + project in six states in northern and northeastern Brazil, where losses are found to be higher than average.

Siemens, Itron and Telemont will provide smart meters, a meter data management (MDM) system, maintenance services, the development of a communication and metering infrastructure (AMI) as well as implement a smart metering system and metering management centre.

The country’s electricity regulatory agency ANEEL, notes that northern and northeastern Brazil states suffer the highest non-technical losses - a rate of 10 to 22%.

The project is geared toward increasing revenue by reducing total losses in the grid and improving service delivery.

Energia + project

[quote] Under the Energia + project, Siemens will supply a portion of 120,000 smart meters, metering equipment, and its meter data management (MDM) system. In a bid to help reduce non-technical losses, power consumption data is forwarded to the MDM platform and processed by the system with the aid of special rules, algorithms, and alarm limit values.

The Rio de Janeiro-based utility created the project to reduce non-technical losses in its power supply grid as well as improve the operational performance of six local power supply utilities in the region.

The meter data management system makes processed data available to other systems and the accounting departments of the affected power supply utilities. These departments can then use the data to retrieve information to identify abnormalities in power consumption.

Furthermore, Eletrobras can recover overdue bills from delivered but uncharged energy. Operational expenditure reduction is a result of  a  reduction in onfield readings, manual disconnection and reconnection, local inspection, consequent field teams, and also from optimized billing process and possible integration of corporate and operative processes.

Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens’ Energy Management Division, said:  “With smart metering … we’re helping Eletrobras and the Brazilian electricity regulatory agency to significantly and lastingly reduce economic damage due to non-technical losses. This includes two smart grid research and development centres in Brazil, one of which – among other things – specialises in the tracing of this type of loss.”