Metering, Billing CRM/CIS America: Conference Paper Thursday May 10

    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