Echelon Corp. and ELO Sistemas Electronicos S.A. have announced a strategic alliance to bring smart grid solutions to the Latin American energy market. ELO, a supplier of electronic meters and systems in the Brazilian electricity supply market, has become a value-added reseller of Echelon’s market-leading Networked Energy Services (NES) System, an advanced metering infrastructure solution. Echelon and ELO’s collaboration will be the first extension of Echelon’s advanced smart grid solutions to the Latin American region.
Brazil’s energy regulator, Aneel, last month announced tentative plans for a nationwide rollout of smart metering, expecting to replace approximately 63 million electricity meters in the country with smart meters by 2021. ELO’s customers include the 40 largest electric power distributors in Brazil, which serve approximately 55 million consumer points. ELO provides equipment and solutions to obtain data for the billing and marketing of electric power, and to analyze the distribution grid to help reduce energy theft and to aid in power management and load control.
Echelon’s NES advanced metering infrastructure consists of a family of highly integrated, advanced electronic electricity meters accessed via a Web services based network operating system over an IP networking infrastructure. NES technology is used by utilities worldwide in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and other countries.