Smart Grids are at the forefront of a strong global tendency towards the modernization of electric power grids. In Brazil, a number of stakeholders (ministries, regulatory agencies, universities and enterprises) are working to develop smart grids. Current opportunities include implementation of common technological and industrial development projects with international partners.
In 2013, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação – MCTI) took part in the 6th Call of the EU-Brazil Sector Dialogues Support Facility through an action on Smart Networks co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment (Ministério do Meio Ambiente – MMA). In 2014, the MCTI co-ordinated another action on the issue under the aegis of the Project’s 7th Call, which resulted in information exchanges between Brazilian and European experts and identification of potential problems involving system interoperability.
In this light, the objective of the current action is to contribute to the development of harmonised Smart Network Systems, with a view to reducing implementation and operating costs. To this end, steps will be taken to strengthen the relationship between institutions in Brazil and EU in the field and to increase exchanges between institutional stakeholders.
The activities undertaken to achieve these outcomes include: contracting an expert to prepare a study on the Regulation of Smart Grids in selected EU countries; conducting a mission to Europe to establish contacts with energy regulators and other institutions as part of “European Utility Week” in Vienna, Austria; organising the “International Workshop on Smart Grids” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; producing the International Seminar on the Regulation of Smart Grids in Brasilia, Brazil; and publishing a document with the consolidated studies prepared by the contracted expert.
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