Neoenergia expanded the operations of the Smart Grid Management Center (CEGRI) and began the supervision of approximately 2,000 equipment from the company's electricity distributor in the Federal District, Neoenergia Brasília. With the expansion, about 75,000 devices from the five concessionaires that are part of the group — Neoenergia Coelba (BA), Neoenergia Pernambuco (PE), Neoenergia Cosern (RN) and Neoenergia Elektro (SP and MS), in addition to the company in the federal capital - are now accompanied by the plant, located in Salvador, Bahia.
CEGRI has state-of-the-art technology in supercomputers that combine data analytics with artificial intelligence, allowing the correlation of alarms and prediction of failures and occurrences of monitored equipment, and the collected data is used to base decision making.
" CEGRI plays a key role in ensuring that our smart grids have the reliability to efficiently deliver the best possible quality to Neoenergia's nearly 16 million consumers. For this, we use the latest technology focused on real-time management, greater availability and resilience of our operational networks," says Ricardo Leite, Superintendent of Smart Grids at Neoenergia.
The company's digital assets and telecommunications and smart grid operations are supervised by the central center, monitoring in real time, for example, the operation of routers, servers and automation and telemetering devices. The focus is to have proactivity in the performance, acting quickly to reduce or avoid negative impacts on the electricity grid in events involving technologies.
Another benefit of centralized monitoring is greater efficiency in meeting occurrences. The specialists of the Operations Centers of the distributors work together with CEGRI, also optimizing the performance in the field.
The centralization of monitoring is part of neoenergia's digitization strategy, one of the pillars of the company's investments focused on the energy transition. Smart grids are essential to support the decarbonisation of the electricity sector, which will need to orchestrate a more complex distribution system with the expansion of new renewable sources. Among Neoenergia's ESG (environmental, social and governance) commitments is the reach of 90% of the high and medium voltage networks digitized by 2030.