CPFL Energia, the largest private group in the Brazilian energy sector that provides electricity distribution, generation, and retail services, signed a contract for 20,000 smart meters, a meter data collection system and support services. These are principal components of CPFL’s Smart Metering System, a reference program for advanced metering infrastructure in Brazil that will focus on commercial and industrial clients.

CPFL is installing the meters and expects to complete the implementation of the project in 2013. After installation, the meters (from Itron) will be integrated with CPFL’s meter data management and billing system. The unified metering platform will serve as the foundation for future smart grid initiatives.

With the smart meter and data collection system, CPFL will be able to manage the meters, identify problems and collect measurement data at periodic intervals—all remotely. Possible problems and non-technical losses may be rapidly identified and handled.