GE Energy (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.), a division of General Electric, announced that it will be supplying smart meter infrastructure for 25,000 meters that are to be installed in Ecuador by electric company Electrica de Guayaquil (Guayaquil, Ecuador). This is the second phase of a complete overhaul of the country’s meters, which will eventually replace nearly 200,000 meters, according to GE energy.
As part of an overall grid modernization strategy, GE’s meter infrastructure 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, according to the company. GE will provide smart meters with advanced metering infrastructure and RF communications.
“Improving Ecuador’s energy outlook is a very important factor in improving Ecuador’s economic outlook,” says Ing. Oscar Armijos Gonzalez-Rubio, general manager to Electrica de Guayaquil.
GE recently announced the GE Global Research Center project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The $500 million center will generate smart grid solutions to the specific needs of each country in the region, according to the company. In addition, GE is working with AES Eletropaulo to collaborate on a smart grid research and development project—bringing smart meters to the city of Sao Paulo.
GE Energy also recently announced that it has more than $3 billion dollars in new customer agreements, including projects in Brazil, Egypt, Australia, China, Iraq, Indonesia, Italy and Canada.