Brazil will install New World Order Smart Grid

One of the most effective forms of government control is to manage basic resources such as water and electricity supplies.

In the developed world, smart meters for water and electricity are already in place allowing government as well as private entities to regulate how much of those basic necessities people can use.

UPI
October 17, 2011

Brazil is moving ahead toward expansion of a smart grid network in the country despite huge disparities in the quality of housing available to Brazilians and continuing problems tackling illegal dwellings in slum sprawls in Rio de Janeiro, other major cities and rural areas.

With eyes on the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil is keenly intent on brushing up its urban image and embark on modernization even where critics want more attention paid to the more basic shortfalls in living conditions.

Inequality in housing and income are some of the most glaring problems cited in the media but, critics claim, not tackled at the scale required to deal with the problem.

Brazil is rated to have one of the worst poverty records in Latin America, reduced slightly under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The richest 10 percent of Brazilians receive 42.7 percent of the nation’s income, while the poorest 10 percent receive less than 1.2 percent, published data indicate.

As a result, industry analysts said, most of Brazil’s current efforts to introduce ultra-modern electricity distribution and monitoring systems will initially reach the super rich and a growing middle class but not yet the majority of its population of 192 million.

The U.S, company Echelon Corp. said its Brazilian partner, ELO Sistemas Eletronicos, a leading supplier of digital electricity meters in Brazil, is the first meter manufacturer in Brazil to get the go-ahead for a producing and supplying a complete smart grid portfolio.

ELO will produce single phase, poly phase and current transformer meters. Echelon is providing smart metering subsystems to ELO including power line control and communication technology and embedded firmware for smart meters.

Along with Echelon’s Control Operating System-powered control nodes and data center-based system software, ELO is providing a proven, open-standard and multi-application control network solution customized for the Brazilian market.

The rapid Brazilian market growth coupled with the requirement for near real-time performance, feature breadth and reliability make the Echelon solution a perfect fit, the company said.

“The Brazilian market is not only very large, but it is also very forward thinking, as evidenced by its vision and leadership in modernizing the smart grid,” said Marcos Rizzo, ELO’s vice president of business development.

Brazil, a “clear regional leader in South America in terms of its market size, development of a smart meter regulatory framework and attractive market conditions” will be the first country in South America to begin large-scale deployments and will pave the way for other countries in the region to follow,” said Ben Gardner, president of research firm Northeast Group, LLC, which has headquarters in Washington.

Echelon Corp., a leading open-standard energy control networking company, has headquarters in San Jose, Calif. The company says it connects more than 35 million homes, 300,000 buildings and 100 million devices to the smart grids internationally.

Ecuador bows to New World Order Control Grid

One of the most effective forms of government control is to manage basic resources such as water and electricity supplies.

In the developed world, smart meters for water and electricity are already in place allowing government-controlled as well as private entities to regulate how much of those basic necessities people can use.

UPI
October 1, 2011

QUITO, Ecuador, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Ecuador is on track to launch the largest Smart Grid project in Latin America in a multimillion-dollar collaboration with GE Energy that sets a benchmark for electricity management in the region.

Ecuador’s Electrica de Guayaquil said it decided to invest in a brand new smart meter infrastructure to streamline reliable supply amid projected economic growth through 2012.

Households across the Latin American country should expect to see “improvements in the reliability of their electric service,” GE said.

About 25,000 meters will be installed in the country by Electrica de Guayaquil, the second phase of a complete overhaul of the country’s meters, which will eventually replace nearly 200,000 meters.

Ecuador has faced charges it squandered its oil wealth during years of mismanagement. It suspended its membership of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries when it couldn’t pay its subscription fees but returned to the group in 2007, mainly to better manage its share of the global oil market.

The investment in the electricity supply infrastructure is part of an overall streamlining of the energy sector, officials said.

“Improving Ecuador’s energy outlook is a very important factor in improving Ecuador’s economic outlook,” Electrica de Guayaquil General Manager Oscar Armijos Gonzalez-Rubio said.

“The information, network management and efficiency gains from this new meter infrastructure will help us get the most benefit from our electric grid,” he added.

GE said that as part of an overall grid modernization strategy, its meter network will enable remote connect and disconnect of customers, the collection of usage information for efficiency planning and future enhancements such as demand response control and pre-payment.

GE will deliver smart meters with advanced metering infrastructure and RF communications. Trilliant will provide the communications platform.

“EDG is becoming a Latin American leader in adopting new technologies to improve energy service,” said Roberto Vengoechea, general manager, Digital Energy Latin America.

“These smart meters give EDG the data points and capabilities to change consumers’ relationships with electricity. The enhanced network control and efficiency tools enabled by smart meters open doors to the very latest energy innovations that can increase productivity and efficiency while reducing and minimizing outages,” he said.

GE has been expanding its Latin America network, which is about 90 years old. Recently the energy giant announced a $500 million GE Global Research Center project in Rio de Janeiro.

GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide.