Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain --- (METERING.COM) --- June 13, 2011 - Enel and its Spanish subsidiary Endesa are developing a smart meter pilot in Brazil using the same technology that is being deployed by Endesa in Spain.

The pilot is being implemented by Coelce in Fortaleza in Ceará state in the north of Brazil. Coelce, which is controlled by Endesa, has more than 3 million customers and sold more than 8,850 GWh of electricity in 2010.

The objective of this first pilot in Latin America is to test the remote management technology developed by the Enel Group, which is based on the model currently operating in Italy.

The pilot is being launched with the installation of 100 end points, as well as data concentrators, of the type developed by Enel Distribuzione. The project also includes the training of technicians from the Group’s distribution companies in the region, including Coelce and Ampla in Brazil and Chilectra in Chile, on the installation and use of the system.

Brazil is the first country in Latin America that is developing a regulatory framework for smart metering.

According to a statement from the Enel Group representatives from Brazil’s regulator Aneel, the Brazilian metrology institute Inmetro, and the governor of Ceará, Cid Gomes, have visited Spain and Italy to see the remote management system in operation.

Endesa started the installation of its smart meters in June 2010 and plans to install a total of 13 million new meters to its residential customers in Spain, as the first step towards the creation of a smart grid.

The Enel Group’s ability to share best practices and strengthen the synergies between individual companies in this case is an important contribution to the development of smart grids in Latin America, the company said in the statement.