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Landis+Gyr wins $308 million smart grid work in Brazil

Iain Morris
October 14, 2014

Switzerland’s Landis+Gyr has won a BRL750 million ($308 million) contract to provide smart grid services to Brazilian utility Light.

The partnership, which has been described as South America’s largest smart grid project so far, will see Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland) roll out 1.1 million smart meters and help Light (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) to improve the efficiency and reliability of the Rio de Janeiro state grid.

Over a five-year period, the Swiss company will supply, implement and maintain smart grid services based on its Gridstream technology.

Light spent more than BRL400 million on its distribution system last year alone as part of efforts to run a more robust and efficient electricity grid.

According to Landis+Gyr, the Gridstream network will offer improved measurement and automation management features and will also help Light to integrate its services with electric vehicles and wind and solar micro-generation technologies.

Light will benefit from the introduction of enhanced monitoring and control points throughout its network and also hopes to provide customers with greater pricing options and more information on energy consumption patterns in future – helping them to manage usage more efficiently.

“The goal of Light is to provide an intelligent electricity network to 1.6 million consumers, equivalent to around 40% of our total customers by 2018,” said Paulo Roberto Pinto, President of Light.

Marcelo Machado, the general director of Landis+Gyr in South America, has described the project as a landmark announcement for his company and for the region, saying it will show other utilities as well as consumers the tangible benefits of smart energy technology.

“We are delighted to be partnering with a company of the caliber of Light on a project that we believe will be groundbreaking for the Brazilian energy industry,” he said. “This is the first step in an ambitious expansion plan to grow Landis+Gyr’s reach across South America.”

Landis+Gyr has been making meters in Brazil since 1994 and today claims to employ more than 450 people at its facility in Curitiba.

The business has the capacity to produce more than three million meters a year on-site and is planning to “substantially expand its operations as the South American smart grid market develops”.

Landis+Gyr has emerged as one of the key players in the smart grid ecosystem and was estimated to serve 44% of the global advanced metering infrastructure market in 2013, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.

Since 2013 it claims to have secured the two largest deployments in industry history with British Gas and Tokyo Electric Power Company, and has also recently signed deals with Salt River Project, Ameren and ERDF.

Light serves customers across 31 municipalities in Rio de Janeiro state and has more than four million customers.
 
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