Thursday May 10, 2007 – Conference 

Metering, Billing/CIS America 

General opening session: The new why?
Chairman: Anthony Hawkins, CPS Energy, TX, USA 
09h00 – 09h30   
Welcome address
Steve Graham, Assistant General Manager, San Antonio River Authority, TX, USA
09h30 – 10h00    
Keynote address:
Al Lujan, Executive Vice-President, Energy Delivery and Solutions, CPS Energy, TX, USA 

10h00 – 11h00  
Panel discussion: Why are utilities, government and the industry taking the direction that they are?
Moderator: Frederick Weston, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), VT, USA


  • Angela S Beehler, Director of Energy Regulation, Wal-Mart, TX, USA
  • David O’Brien, President & CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation, ON, Canada*
  • Aaron J. Johnson, Deputy Director, Division of Ratepayer Advocates, CPUC, CA, USA
  • Barry Perlmutter, Senior Analyst, Massachusetts Dept. of Telecommunications & Energy, MA, USA
  • Shane Pospisil, President and CEO, Ontario Energy Association, ON, Canada
  • Dan Sharplin, Chairman, Site Controls, TX, USA
  • Paul Wattles, Demand Side Resource Coordinator, ERCOT, TX, USA 
1:00 – 2:30 pm: Breakaway sessions
Metering America
The customer: AMI and the customer
Chairman: Ralph Abbott, President, Plexus Research, MA, USA
Doing it: North American updates
Chairman: Jess Totten, Director, Public Utilities Commission of Texas, TX, USA
Billing/CIS America
Decisions: Leveraging the CIS in an AMI world
Chairman: Glen MacRill, Vice President, North America, Sales and Services, LODESTAR, MA, USA
13h00 – 13h30
Metering America
With such rapid evolution, what are my options?
Howard Scott, Managing Partner, Cognyst Consulting, NJ, USA
AMR at the City of Seattle
Linda Lockwood, AMR Project Manager, City of Seattle, WA, USA
Billing/CIS America
CIS market conditions: The status of the market for CIS systems
Greg Galluzzi, President, TMG Consulting, TX, USA
13h30 – 14h00
 Metering America
Getting customers to accept smart pricing
Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group, CA, USA
Smart metering and AMI in Ontario – an update
•    Installation challenges
•    Where we are
•    Where we are going
Sara Anghel, Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs Policy & Public Affairs, Direct Energy, ON, Canada
Billing/CIS America
Open system architecture and consolidation: Delivering a fully integrated and self-healing utility: The case study of Austin Energy
Andres Carvallo, CIO, Austin Energy, TX, USA
14h00 – 14h30
  Metering America
How AMI is changing the way utilities do business
Senior representative, Elster Electricity, NC, USA
CPS Energy’s business case for metering strategies
Anthony Hawkins, Senior Manager, CPS Energy, TX, USA
 Billing/CIS America
How the CIS and MDM can co-exist
Mahiuddin Laskar, MDMS Project Manager, JEA, FL, USA
15h00 – 17h00 Breakaway sessions
  Metering America
Decisions: Communications technology update
Chairman: Erich Gunther, Chairman, UtilityAMI, CA, USA
Doing it: International updates
Jonathan Spencer Jones, Editor, Smart Energy International, South A
 Billing/CIS America
The customer: Meter to cash
Chairman: Glen MacRill, Vice President, North America, Sales and Services, LODESTAR, MA, USA
15h00 – 15h30 
   Metering America
Smart Grid Benefits
Michele Marzola, Vice President, Digital Networks PLC, Italy

Paradigm shift in advanced metering: from an expensive novelty to the best value for utilities keen on upgrading the capabilities of the energy grid
Erik Nordgren, Head of AMR, Vatenfall, Sweden and Jeff Lund, VP Business Development, Echelon, CA, USA

  Billing/CIS America
Case Study: SAWS revenue protection best practices
Moises Espinosa, Revenue Protection Investigator, San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS), TX, USA and Alan Williams, Manager Customer Service, San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS), TX, USA

15h30 – 16h00
  Metering America
AMI at a major municipal utility using WiFi technology
Leonard Scott, Business Unit Manager, City of Corpus Christi, TX, USA
The dragon awakes: China – trends in advanced metering in China and Asia
James Lau, General Manager, GSL Consulting, China
 Billing/CIS America
Case study: SRP’s prepaid electricity program
Carolyn Johnson, Operations Manager, Salt River Project (SRP), AZ, USA
16h00 – 16h30
  Metering America
Leveraging the power of mesh
Heath Glass, Product Marketing Manager, Cellnet, GA, USA
Case study
Alexander Merkulov, Deputy Director for Development, JSC Petersburg Sales Company, Russian Federation*
 Billing/CIS America
Bryan Texas Utilities chooses pre-paid metering as an option for its customers
Shawndra Green, Distribution Engineer and Electric Meter Shop Supervisor,  Bryans Texas Utilities, TX, USA

16h30 – 17h00 
Metering America
Communication trends around ZigBee, BPL and WiMax
Ken Stewart, VP Business Development Energy Practice, Gestalt, NJ, USA; Tony Summerlin, Principal Consultant, Gestalt, NJ, USA
Updates on AMI with IEA member countries
Ross Malme, President and CEO, RETX, GA, USA
Billing/CIS America
Case Study: Tucson Water’s AMR program
Cheryl Avila, Metering Services Superintendent, Tucson Water-Metering Services, AZ, USA