Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and Endesa, one of the largest electric power
companies in the world with more than 25 million customers in Spain and
Latin America, are working together under a multi-year business process
outsourcing agreement to facilitate the utility's ongoing smart meter
roll-out in Spain.
Accenture is providing back-office support to Endesa's distribution unit
as it expands its smart metering operations and is helping the utility
integrate its smart meter infrastructure, which provides metering,
billing and contract management information, with its existing billing
systems and business processes. Endesa is to install more than 13
million smart meters based on Meters and More open technology.
In addition, Accenture is collaborating with Meters and More, an
international non-profit association created by Endesa and its parent
company, Italian utility Enel, and supported by a consortia of
companies, to promote the deployment of smart meters and develop
standards for pan-European and worldwide smart metering solutions.
Smarts meters are gradually replacing traditional meters to provide
remote management capabilities for utilities. Smart meters can record
consumption of electric energy and deliver that information to the
utility for monitoring and billing purposes and opens the door to the
deployment of smart grids. Smart meters enable two-way communication
between the meter and a utility's central system.
"As a member of Meters and More, Accenture is committed to developing
new solutions to support the deployment of smart meters globally," said
Matias Alonso, Global Managing Director for Accenture's Utilities
industry grou. "We are focused on working with Endesa to promote smart
metering solutions not only across Europe but also in its other key
markets, such as Latin America."
As required under Spanish regulations, Endesa will install more than 13
million smart meters in Spain by 2018 and is planning to extend the
smart meter program to its customers in Brazil, Colombia and Chile.
Since the launch of its smart meter infrastructure roll-out in June
2010, Endesa has installed more than 3.5 million smart meters based on
Meters and More open technology in the regions where it operates in
Spain (Andalusia, Extremadura, Aragón, the Balearic Islands, the Canary
Islands and Catalonia).
Endesa's smart meter program will provide customers with detailed
information regarding energy consumption, and will enhance the
performance of its distribution network by improving billing accuracy,
contract management, energy efficiency, outage detection and restoration
of service when outages occur.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients
in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience,
comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions,
and extensive research on the world's most successful companies,
Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance
businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of
US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page
Endesa is Spain's leading electric utility and the largest private
electric multinational in Latin America. At the end of 2012, the company
provided direct employment for 22,807 people, of which 11,504 worked in
Spain and Portugal and 11,303 in Latin America. Since the first quarter
of 2009, Endesa has been part of the Enel group, the largest electric
utility in Italy and the second largest in Europe in installed capacity.
Enel is an integrated player in the power and gas industries, operating
in 40 countries all over the world. It has 98 GW of net installed
capacity and sells electricity and gas to serve approximately 61 million
Building on Enel's success and experience in remote management in Italy,
with more than 34 million smart meters in operation, Endesa has been a
pioneer in the Spanish electricity industry with the launch in 2009 of a
plan that provides for the replacement of 13 million smart meters for
its domestic and commercial customers (powers up to 15 kW). Remote
management is the technology backbone for the development of smart
electricity distribution networks (smart grids), as it provides
solutions for the development of smart cities, the integration of
distributed generation power systems, the incorporation of renewable
energy to network, the integration of electric vehicle charging and
management of street lighting.
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