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Major US utilities, EPRI announce massive decarbonisation drive

The Electric Power Research Institute, Gas Technology Institute and several of the US' largest utilities have announced a five-year initiative to accelerate demonstration.

Smart Metering West Coast: Conference Program 2008

Smart Metering West Coast

18 August - 19 August 2008 

Conference Program Day 1

Monday 18 August 2008 

Session 1.0.1

General: Plenary / Keynote address

Chairman: Mike King, Senior Vice-President, NERA Economic Consulting, CO
09h00 - 09h30
Keynote address: The future of Smart Metering at Puget Sound Energy
Bert Valdman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Energy, WA
09h30 - 10h00
Encouraging energy efficiency through smart technology development – the role of the regulator
Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, WA
10h00 - 10h30
The regulatory environment in the Northwest
Lisa Schwartz, Senior Analyst, Oregon Public Utility Commission, OR
 Session 1.1.1

A critical overview of smart metering initiatives

Chairman: Tim Wolf, Marketing and Business Development Vice President of Plexus Research, Plexus Research, WA
Session 1.2.1

Smarter grid for the Northwest

Chairman: Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, WA
11h00 - 11h30
PG&E – SmartMeter program update
Jim Meadows, Director, SmartMeter Program, PG&E, CA
Energy leaders will discuss the future of the smart grid in the Northwest:

  • Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, WA
  • Don Kopczynski, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations, Avista Utilities, WA
  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Officer, Bonneville Power Authority, WA
  • Tim Stearns, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington CTED Energy Policy Division, WA
11h30 - 12h00
A new way of doing business - Portland General Electric smart meter deployment
Joel Westvold, Director, AMI, Portland General Electric, OR
12h00 - 12h30
Climate change, electric grid constraints and the evolution of the smart grid
Jeff Havranek, Director Sales, Trilliant Networks, CA
 Session 1.1.2

Digging deeper into smart metering: leveraging existing technologies for the smart grid

Chairman: Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development Specialist, Itron, WA
Session 1.2.2

Interoperability with the smart grid

Chairman: Daniel Violette, Principal, Strategy Practice, Summit Blue Consulting, CO
13h30 - 14h00
Making meters smart at minimal cost
Fran Couzens, Director, IT Customer Applications, UniSource Energy, AZ
Interoperability and being GridWise
Rik Drummond, Principal, Drummond Group & Chair of GridWise Architecture Council, TX
14h00 - 14h30
Leveraging AMI for prepayment
Terry Gifford, Engineer, Tacoma Power, WA
AMI integration and moving beyond to achieve the smart grid
Conrad Eustis, Director, Retail Technology Development, Portland General Electric, OR
14h30 - 15h00
Leveraging smart meters for the smart grid
Terry Mohn, Technology Strategist, SDG&E, CA
Tomorrow’s secure, intelligent, interoperable metering and customer communications infrastructure
Joe Hughes, Senior Technical Manager, Power Delivery System, EPRI, CA
15h30 - 17h00
Session 1.3 – Panel discussion

“How will vendor interoperability revolutionize the future of smart metering and the smart grid?”

Moderator: Senior representative, Global Energy Partners, CA*
  • Hugh Baker, President, MeterSmart, TX
  • John Stafford, Business Development Manager, Sensus Metering Systems, PA
  • Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development Specialist, Itron, WA
A selection of utilities, consultants and vendors will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of interoperability. Will it ever really happen, and is it truly possible? Gain further insight into how multi-service utilities (and utilities with large geographic coverage) select, and future-proof, their technologies.

Conference Program Day 2

Tuesday 19 August 2008 

Session 2.0.1

Plenary session

Chairman: Eric Dresselhuys, Vice President of Marketing, SilverSpring Networks, CA
09h00 - 09h30
Avista presentation
Don Kopczynski, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations, Avista Utilities, WA
09h30 - 10h00
Bonneville Power Authority presentation
Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Bonneville Power Authority, WA
10h00 - 10h30
OG&E case study presentation
Michael Farrell, Product Innovation Manager, OG&E, OK & Chris Greenwell, Manager of Commercial Services, OG&E, OK
 Session 2.1.1

Hitting home with demand response

Chairman: Jami Robinson, Director of Marketing, MeterSmart, TX
Session 2.2.1

Smart grid technologies

Chairman: Forrest Small, Director,  Renewable & Distributed Energy, Navigant Consulting, MA
11h00 - 11h30
The four dimensions of motivating demand response: How to sell to the end user
Peter Honebein, Managing Member, Customer Performance Group, NV

AMI and theft detection
Brent Hughes, President, MBH Consulting, "Retired" Manager Revenue Metering, BC Hydro, Canada

PGE unveils first-of-its-kind ‘Smart Grid Testbed’

PGE has launched a first of its kind project that will integrate smart grid technologies at a very large scale in the US.

Tender: Oregon opens applications for state renewables funding

Energy Trust of Oregon is now accepting applications from eligible renewable energy projects seeking more than $150,000 of Project Installation incentive funding. A competitive process will be used to award these funds.

Sensus meter fires: Nevada media fans flames over NV Energy response

In the US, local media in Nevada are drawing parallels between the Sensus smart electricity meter fires in Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, and Reno. An...

Smart Storage Summit Conference Program

Smart Storage Summit

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Storage and renewables innovation and integration

09h00 - 09h30

Quantifying the economics and the market demand for energy storage technologies applications
Michael DeAngelis, Manager, Energy Research & Development, SMUD

Meter Data Management Summit

Conference Program Day 3
Wednesday March 25, 2009

 Session 3.5.1

Chairman: Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, WA

09h00 - 09h30

Smart Operations: A strategy for putting meter data to work
Greg Hinchman, Chief Technologist, Lockheed Martin, CO

Mike Tabbert appointed as Vice President, Sales at Tantalus

[img:Mike%20Tabbert.thumbnail.JPG| ]Utility communications network developer Tantalus Systems Corp. has announced the appointment of Mike Tabbert to the position of Vice President, Sales.  

Tabbert succeeds Eric Murray who was promoted to President in June 2008, and will continue to emphasize Tantalus' commitment to providing its customers with innovative solutions for advanced metering, demand response and distribution automation.

PGE unveils Green Future Impact initiative

PGE has unveiled a new initiative to accelerate consumer adoption and use of renewable energy.

First renewable-powered public buses hit US roads

The US city of Portland, Oregon has announced that its bus fleet will be powered entirely by wind – making it the first public transport sector company in the country to do so, according to TriMet, the city’s mass transit agency.

Additions to EIS management team

Elster Integrated Solutions (EIS) has announced that Scott Durham and Mike Tabbert have joined its management team, reinforcing EIS' commitment to innovation, growth and customer focus.

Scott Durham

Scott Durham joined EIS in September 2006 as vice president of sales, strategic accounts. He brings significant knowledge of the automated meter reading and advanced metering infrastructure markets, as well as over 22 years of sales management, marketing, operations, business development and general management experience. Prior to joining EIS, Durham spent nearly seven years as vice president of sales at Datamatic, Ltd., a utility metering automation and data management systems company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California.

Smart Energy International Excellence Awards for India’s power sector: 2 weeks before nomination deadline

As part of Smart Energy International’s global series of Excellence Awards, the first such awards are to be presented to the Indian power sector. These are to be presented at Smart Energy India 2011 Conference & Exhibition on 1 February 2011 at The Lalit New Delhi during the Opening Key Note Session.