Sao Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19,2007 - Metering International’s 5th Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America gets under way in Sao Paulo, Brazil today, with what is expected to be a record attendance to review strategies for revenue enhancement and energy management in the region.

With the continuing high levels of energy theft, along with the need for business efficiency, technologies such as prepayment and AMR are increasingly being deployed across Latin America to secure revenue protection and utility sustainability. Energy efficiency, recently described by OLADE consultant Mentor Poveda as an “unexploited resource” with the potential for savings estimated at $156 billion across the region by 2018, is also of growing concern. And there is also rapidly growing interest in AMI, which will have a key role to play not only for utility metering but also, with moves to energy integration at various levels in the region, in developing an intelligent grid network.

The host utility for the event is AES Eletropaulo – the largest power distribution company in terms of billing in Latin America. Part of the AES group, AES Eletropaulo distributes electricity to some 16.5 million people in 24 municipalities in the metropolitan region of São Paulo – including the capital – covering an area of 4,526 km². Delegates will be hosted at a visit to the utility’s Cambuci complex, which houses the meter and metrology laboratories, among others.

Program highlights include a pre-conference workshop on electronic bill presentment, panel discussions on metering developments in Latin America and the direction the industry is taking and strategies to be implemented for revenue enhancement and energy management, and sessions on standardization and regulatory issues, meter technologies for the future, remote metering trends, systems to reduce commercial losses, billing and customer relationship management.

More than 600 delegates and visitors are expected to attend the event over the next three days.

Event management team members include conference manager Julia Former, exhibition managers Gerald Schreiner and Lello Sekesseke, registration manager Warda Johnson, Metering International editor Jonathan Spencer Jones, and the local Spintelligent representative Alessandra Licati.