Opportunities and challenges of the energy sector in the Middle East focus at Smart Energy Middle East 2011


Howard Scott,
MD, Cognyst
Dubai, UAE — (METERING.COM) — September 26, 2011 – The fifth annual Smart Energy Middle East Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, UAE, from October 23-25, 2011, organizer Spintelligent, a division of Clarion Events, has announced.

The event aims to provide an in-depth look at how the Gulf region can achieve energy sustainability, operational excellence and customer engagement.

Over 200 senior executives from the region’s utilities and energy sectors will gather to learn from leading global experts. Extensive presentations, panel discussions, workshops, round tables, networking sessions and renowned exhibitors help spread their wealth of experience across the Middle East. This is an ideal platform for companies and individuals involved in the industry to network and build profitable relationships.

The Middle East region has invested to build a sustainable energy sector. Smart Energy Middle East will provide attendees with a comprehensive analysis on identifying the several technological and deployment options available to utilities.

Everything you need to know about implementing a smart metering project

Dr. Howard Scott, managing director (Doha, Qatar) of Cognyst International, will deliver an extensive lecture at Smart Energy Middle East 2011 concentrating on providing an introduction to smart metering and explaining how to run a smart metering project.

“This year’s event will build upon the huge success of the 2010 event and highlight the many ways that Middle East utilities are taking the lead in the worldwide effort to build smart utilities,” said Scott.  
Thought leaders will convene in panels and round table discussions to present the current state of the energy sector in the GCC and the various regulatory and technical challenges utilities can face. In addition, solutions will be provided to tackle the issues and demonstrate how energy efficiency, sustainability and profit maximization can be reached utilizing precise strategies and technologies.

Furthermore, industry experts will highlight examples from across the GCC region and establish the key challenges faced by each country with regards to smart energy and response to demand, with the necessary steps to integrate renewable energy into the grid.

Muness Charara, general manager, Middle East and Central Asia, Itron, comments: “Smart Energy Middle East provides a platform where major utilities throughout the region can gather in a collective drive for voluntary application of energy management tools and standards, as well as other wide-ranging sustainability guidelines. Itron takes the lead, as the event’s Platinum sponsor, to reflect our commitment to the drive towards smart and viable solutions, and to set out the vision to implement energy management technologies in electricity, gas and water networks that would greatly mitigate or eliminate a wide range of environmental impacts of energy utilization. Itron remains committed to bringing new technologies and adaptation strategies that would steer the positive transformation of the utilities sector to leverage evolving technologies for the benefit of both consumers and the environment at large.”

Addressing smart water metering for the Middle Eastern water utility of the future

A growing concern in the Middle East region is the scarcity of water. Smart Energy Middle East will include an added full day Water Meter Middle East Seminar to address the issues of managing, conserving and measuring water in a cost effective and realistic way. In addition, this exclusive seminar will press upon attendees the importance of the resourceful use of smart water metering and advanced water meter infrastructure.

Smart Energy International Excellence Awards

Industry leaders, utilities and projects displaying excellence in the energy sector will be recognized and rewarded at the Smart Energy International Excellence Awards. The three awards to be presented are: Smart Energy Excellence 2011 Award, Smart Utility 2011 Award, and Smart Technology Innovation 2011 Award.

Exhibitors at Smart Energy Middle East include Itron, Power Plus Communications, KTCI, Landis+Gyr, ISKRAEMECO, and many more.

Smart Energy Middle East provides an arena where current and future leaders can network with utilities and government officials, and develop an understanding of how the smart grid will impact and revolutionize the utility sector in the Middle East region.