Elster announced last week that Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected the company's EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution to power the utility's first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project in Mexico City, Mexico's capital city with a population of more than 20 million.
The Mexican Secretaria de Energia and CFE will use the EnergyAxis pilot as a benchmark for evaluating the advantages of Elster's Smart Grid technologies for potential future deployments. CFE has already successfully deployed nine other EnergyAxis systems throughout 14 of Mexico's 16 service areas, making EnergyAxis the largest AMI system with the most endpoints in the country.
By demonstrating AMI features such as remote meter reading in hard-to-reach areas, energy usage monitoring, remote connect/disconnect, load management and AMI-DA (distribution automation) convergence in voltage monitoring, the Elster project will expand CFE's Smart Grid initiatives even further.
CFE, which is owned by the Mexican government, generates, distributes and markets electric power for almost 34.2 million customers. Elster is the first and only AMI provider to have received a Certificate of Compliance from CFE, which certifies the integration of EnergyAxis with CFE's enterprise system.
As part of this project, Elster will deploy its EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution and Smart Meters in the zone of Polanco, a residential neighborhood near Chapultepec. CFE will use the project to showcase AMI benefits including system improvements, increased productivity, reduced outages, more accurate readings, improved operational efficiencies related to fewer truck rolls and service calls, and a reduction in non-technical losses.
CFE also expects to leverage its investment in EnergyAxis to provide Smart Grid enhancements to other gas and water utilities.
"As the first AMI project in Mexico City, CFE is carefully analyzing every detail of this deployment with the hope of expanding its success to other areas of the city. With more control over its electricity infrastructure, CFE can help customers better manage energy usage and improve its operational processes," said Mark Munday, president and CEO of Elster Solutions.
Elster is leading a consortium of utility technology providers on the Mexico City Smart Grid project, including the company's distributor partner in Mexico, Tecnologias EOS. Additional consortium members include ENERI, which will provide its own technology for cabinet solutions and GIMSA, the subcontractor that will work with Elster on the meter installations.
"Mexico City has a reputation for setting the standard for technology innovation and adoption. The city's selection of Elster's proven technology for its Smart Grid project reflects that reputation and can serve as a blueprint for AMI success across the region. We are looking forward to working with CFE on Mexico City's landmark Smart Grid AMI project," Munday said.
With a multi-technology, IP-based approach to Smart Grid deployments, Elster's Smart Meters and EnergyAxis solution provide unique features for collecting and managing energy data for both residential and commercial customers.