Brasilia, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- February 6, 2013 - Brazil’s electricity regulator Aneel has approved a three-year research and development project to improve power quality monitoring by the country’s electricity distributors.

According to Aneel, the aim of the project is to develop a system for the calculation of the distribution network continuity indicators that is reliable and representative. These should include the SAIDI (DEC) and SAIFI (FEC) interruption indicators, with adequate precision and according to a cost-benefit analysis. Further the data will need to be available to Aneel on a remote basis.

In a statement Aneel said that the basis of the project was that simply monitoring the indicators on a monthly basis could be leaving significant gaps with regard to the Agency's ability to detect on a timely basis quality issues in energy supply to final consumers.

The project will need to take account of the current meter technologies, communications systems, and the costs of meter installation, among other aspects.