Energy Efficiency

CPFL invests in training programs to avoid waste of energy

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:54
Replacement of fixtures and lamps are part of program actions Replacement of fixtures and lamps are part of program actions

The increase in consumption has led the electric energy concessionaires to enhance their energy efficiency programs in order to avoid waste and encourage the rational use of electricity. The actions can be done directly – with the replacement of lamps and equipments – or through orientation programs to disseminate acquire of knowledge about how to save energy. By law, the energy concessionaires and licensees for distribution of electricity must apply at least 60% of their efficiency programs resources to consumer units which are benefited by the Social Tariff of Electricity (discount on energy bills for low income families).

CPFL Energy has initiated a training program for public schools teachers to disseminate the basic concepts about saving electricity and its efficient use. The CPFL nas Escolas (CPFL in Schools) will be held in 200 public schools in 26 cities where we can find some action areas of CPFL Piratininga, and 293 municipal education institutions in 35 cities located in concession areas of CPFL Paulista, benefiting a total of 85,000 students.
CPFL Paulista invested, through its Programa de Eficiência Energética (Energy Efficiency Program) R$ 68,000 replacing lighting fixtures, lamps, and ballasts from five state schools in the city of New Odessa. CPFL Santa Cruz spent R$ 744,000 replacing lighting fixtures, lamps, and ballasts to get more efficiency in the use of electric light in 32 public buildings in Ourinhos city.
The Center for Science and Technology of PUC-Rio (CTC/PUC-Rio) developed a system to assess in a more accurate way the actual energy consumption of a house and each one of its appliances by the Pesquisa de Hábitos e Posse (Habits and Posse Research-PPH). The system consists of meters and "intelligent" plugs making checks every 15 minutes. It is being used in areas of Ampla, in Rio de Janeiro State, and Coelce, in Ceará State, both belonging to Endesa Brazil.
The information stored previously in a memory are downloaded into a notebook and consolidated for comparison with the findings of the research. The goal is to create coefficients of adjustment for the load curve of consumption. One advantage is that licensees can do its management by the demand-side and guide users to the rational use of energy. The data act as a parameter to plan energy efficiency.
Camargo Corrêa Group is the reference private shareholder in the control block of CPFL Energy, holding 25.6% of total capital. CPFL Energy is an integrated company that, through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates and commercializes electricity in Brazil.

Source: Valor Econômico