Securing energy supply in a growth economy

Smart Grid prepared

High performing smart metering system is the most important building block

With the deployment of an advanced smart metering system, the leading energy provider in Chile, CGE group, is now well prepared for the full Smart Grid-rollout – a high performing smart metering system being the most important building block in the future Smart Grid.

Chile struggles with the typical problems of a growing economy: rapid economic growth creates higher consumer awareness and intensifies the need for efficient demand side management. The wireless smart metering system, provided by Kamstrup, allows flexible tariffs, home automation and multi-utility services that are designed to facilitate a stable energy supply.

Secure energy supply 
CGE has in total 2,3 million electricity customers. The project is one of the first smart metering-implementations in Chile.  “The project is a vital provision for future business developments including a secure and steady supply of energy” says Eduardo Mora, Technology & I+D manager at TECNET (technology partner of the CGE group).

Luis Aedo, Loss Control Manager at TECNET, commented on the 100% success rate metering result: “The new metering system provides us with important features like tamper detection, voltage quality control, power limit control, grid loss control, and the possibility of registering locally produced energy which is being exported to the grid for example by photovoltaic panels. This is a major step towards a faster and more secure meter reading process and a smoother billing system which will allow us to provide a better service and free resources for other business goals.”

Flexible tariffs 
When speaking of the reason for selecting the solution from Kamstrup, Eduardo Mora concludes: “Among the system solutions that we studied, the one from Kamstrup prevailed in usability and seemed to be the most future proof solution. Kamstrup shows a high degree of flexibility as they are able to customize the solution to our specific requirements."
“A close mapping of the individual customer’s energy usage pattern will enable customized tariffs for the benefit of the customer who will experience monthly savings on the energy bill as a result and thus a strong motivation for changing his energy consumer behavior in a more efficient direction”, says Luis Aedo.

Home automation
Furthermore the delivered smart meters enable Home Automation with multiple communication standards like Wireless M-Bus, Zigbee and Z-Wave; and the integrated Multi-Utility Controller (MUC) even allows integration of remote meter reading of water, gas and heat in one and the same metering system using only the same wireless technology. The Multi-Utility Controller opens up for whole new business areas.

“Among the system solutions that we studied, the one from Kamstrup prevailed in usability and seemed to be the most future proof solution. Kamstrup shows a high degree of flexibility as they are able to customize the solution to our specific requirements."


Eduardo Mora, Technology & I+D manager at TECNET

Santiago, Chile

CGE Group - One of the largest energy conglomerates in Chile responsible for distributing 40 % of Chile's electricity serving more than 7 million people. www.cge.cl 

TECNET - A subsidiary of CGE Group's operational services. www.tecnet.cl

Project: Smart electricity metering management

Timeframe: 2012
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