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CPFL expands huge Brazilian Distribution Automation programme

William Payne
November 9, 2016
CPFL Energia, Brazil's largest private sector electricity company is expanding its Distribution Automation (DA) programme with San Jose based Silver Spring Networks. 

Covering 305 cities across more than 100,000 square kilometres of CPFL’s service territory in São Paulo state, Silver Spring and CPFL’s programme is claimed as one of the world’s largest DA deployments when measured by service territory. The programme is built upon Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform deployment for Advanced Metering Infrastructure for ‘Grupo A’ customers in the region. 

The CPFL programme will expand on CPFL’s current Silver Spring deployment of 640 reclosers to connect an additional 3,700 reclosers, helping to improve service reliability for consumers, while speeding up fault detection and accelerating system restoration.

“As part of the CPFL technology infrastructure modernization program, we have focused a large proportion of our investment on this smart grid program,” said Caius Vinicius Malagoli, Engineering Director, CPFL Energia. “CPFL’s success leading the first commercial-scale smart grid deployment in Brazil is based on the Silver Spring IPv6 network platform, whose benefits are already apparent to our customers.”

“CPFL leads the Brazilian energy sector with the deployment of its smart grid, which improves network operational efficiency, benefitting CPFL’s industrial and commercial customers and their residential users,” said Gadner Vieira, General Manager, Silver Spring Networks Brazil. “We are very excited to be able to support CPFL as it leverages the existing platform to expand these improvements throughout its coverage area and extend the benefits of smart grids to its customers.”

By implementing Silver Spring’s two-way platform for smart grid applications, CPFL aims to increase network reliability, speed up response times, and optimise its field operations. According to CPFL, the Silver Spring platform will replace CPFL’s cellular-based GSM solution, which offered less than 80% coverage and required monthly service fees. 

CPFL aims to realise performance, operational and reliability benefits including: faster restoration response times through the high-availability control and supervision offered by the distribution network reclosers; optimization of on-site team provisioning, mainly during massive energy outages; increased coverage, reliability and security at a lower total system cost based on Silver Spring’s IPv6 wireless networking and solutions platform.