eMeter®, A Siemens Business, today announced that CPFL Energia, the largest non state owned electric energy company in Brazil, has selected the eMeter EnergyIP® meter data management platform. EnergyIP has been part of the Siemens Smart Grid portfolio since the acquisition of eMeter in January 2012. Furthermore, CPFL has selected IBM for consulting services to meet their smart metering data management and integration requirements. This project is the first Brazilian implementation of a meter data management (MDM) solution capable of supporting a full-scale residential metering rollout for a large utility.
CPFL Energia is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates and commercializes energy, in the Brazilian electricity sector, and also operates in the segment of value-added services. With 13% of the market share, CPFL Energia heads the distribution segment through its eight distributors, which serve 569 municipalities in the States of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Minas Gerais.
These eight distributors, which account for the distribution of electric energy to 7 million customers across its concession area, will take a phased approach, initially implementing the eMeter EnergyIP platform to support its high and medium voltage customers. EnergyIP will be integrated with two advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems using eMeter AMI Adapter technology, as well as the core enterprise systems for CPFL's operating companies.
“CPFL Energia chose EnergyIP as the meter data management platform based on its proven track record, extensibility to support our multiple communication technologies and multiple operation companies,” said Mauro Carmello, manager of operative processes and automation at CPFL Energia. “We believe the strength in eMeter’s platform and history of proven customer successes worldwide makes them the only energy information platform provider able to service our current and future needs.”
The project is part of CPFL’s Tauron Smart Grid initiative to improve its overall energy quality, operational performance and relationship with its customers. The initiative includes smart metering, MDM, outage management, and mobile workforce management solutions.
During the project IBM will serve as the EnergyIP system integrator, providing consultation in governance, process design and best practices. IBM will also manage the planning, installation and configuration of the solution, as well as testing, go-live support and initial assisted operation.
“Our work with eMeter demonstrates our ability to deliver the solution at the quality level CPFL expects in order to meet their business strategy and transformation," said Guido Bartels, general manager, Energy and Utilities industry at IBM and chairman, Global Smart Grid Federation. “Our EnergyIP smart metering experts will ensure the proper delivery of the meter data management system that will help build resiliency and efficiency into their business while allowing a smooth and successful Smart Grid transition.”
“We are thrilled to welcome CPFL Energia into our family of customers,” said Lisa Caswell, eMeter president. “CPFL Energia is one of the most forward-thinking Brazilian utilities harnessing the power of Smart Grid information to further improve delivery and reliability of energy. Additionally, we are pleased to add CPFL Energia to the joint IBM and eMeter success stories.”
About eMeter, A Siemens Business
eMeter, A Siemens Business provides essential software that enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of Smart Grid. Some of the leading utilities worldwide depend on eMeter EnergyIP platform and applications to reduce operational costs, improve customer service and drive energy efficiency. With the most large-scale deployments in the industry and global partnerships with Accenture, IBM and SAP, eMeter has built a reputation for unparalleled expertise that ensures customer success. For more information visit: www.emeter.com.
About Siemens’ Smart Grid Division
The Siemens Smart Grid Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supplies power providers and network operators, industrial enterprises, infrastructure elements and cities with products and solutions for intelligent and flexible network infrastructures. To meet growing energy needs, the networks of today and tomorrow must integrate more and more renewable energy sources and ensure bi-directional energy and communication flows. The Smart Grid Division is Part of the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector. In January 2012 the Siemens Division expands its smart grid portfolio with the acquisition of eMeter, San Mateo, California. For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/smartgrid
About CPFL Energia
CPFL Energia is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates and commercializes energy, in the Brazilian electricity sector, and also operates in the segment of value-added services. It is the largest private company in Brazilian electricity sector, with the experience and the knowledge developed throughout its 100 years of history.
CPFL Group’s confidence in the country’s future is proved by the large investments made in electricity generation, distribution and commercialization capacity increase. This confidence is also reflected in the commitment to the company’s stability, to the management system’s excellence, to the impacts of its businesses on the Brazilian society, to the management of all its relationships and to the efficiency and quality in all its activities.
With 13% of the market share, CPFL Energia heads the distribution segment through its eight distributors. These distributors serve 569 municipalities, and account for the distribution of electric energy to 7 million customers in the States of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Minas Gerais.