Light, Landis+Gyr strike smart grid partnership in Brazil

Brazilian electricity utility Light partnered with energy management firm Landis+Gyr on a smart grid project.

Valued at about $313 million, the five year contract covers the supply, implementation, operation and maintenance of Landis+Gyr's Gridstream smart grid solution. The collaboration also includes deployment of 1.1 million endpoints, comprised of advance SGP+M anti-tampering meters and automation of power vaults and reclosers.

With over $167 million investment in its distribution system last year alone, the contract is part of Light's ongoing effort to improve the efficiency and reliability of its electricity grid. The Gridstream network offers improved measurement and automated management functions on a single secure platform, and will also facilitate adoption of electric vehicles and wind and solar micro-generation technologies.

As a result of the project Light will be able to take advantage of enhanced monitoring and control points throughout its network, helping to reduce commercial losses. In the future the utility also hopes to provide its customers with greater pricing options and more information on their energy consumption patterns, helping them to manage their usage more efficiently.

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