October 27, 2011 - The Smart Energy International Excellence Awards recognising and honouring utilities and their service providers for their outstanding contributions to applying practical smart energy, operational and customer engagement practices was announced at the above meeting.

In appreciation for their relentless work and significant contribution to the utilities and power sector, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was awarded the Smart Energy Excellence 2011 Award, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) was awarded the Smart Utility 2011 Award, and Itron was presented with the Smart Technology Innovation 2011 Award.

Saeed Nassouri, Technical Advisor, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, said: “Smart Energy Middle East is important because it is an annual event that brings clarity and know-how to the region with regards to sustainable energy and technologies. ADWEA has come a long way in the sustainable energy sector, and we are pleased to participate at Smart Energy Middle East. We are also grateful to benefit from the lessons learnt from global companies in deploying smart energy strategies. Furthermore, we are particularly proud to collect the Smart Energy International Excellence Awards for two consecutive years.”

Muness Charara, General Manager – Middle East, Itron, said: “This award is the result of a collaborative effort by the energy and water teams of Itron in the Middle East. We are proud to win the technology award for the second time, the first being in 2009. Itron remains committed to delivering innovative solutions to the market with best in class products and services. We would like to thank Smart Energy International for recognizing Itron’s contribution to the Middle East’s energy sector.”

The conference features keynote speeches on a variety of significant topics including leveraging customer and utility collaboration to deliver smart energy management, strategies for sustainable developments in the Middle East and more. In addition, discussions regarding the various implementation challenges faced by specific GCC countries were highlighted along with detailed solutions addressing these issues to ensure the successful deployment of smart meters.

The AMI seminar held at Smart Energy Middle East was conducted by Dr. Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst International. This daylong seminar highlighted the latest technologies and deployment options available to electricity utilities, along with lessons learnt from global smart metering deployments and the vital strategies to ensure efficient use of resources.

Dr. Howard Scott, Ph.D., Managing Director (Doha, Qatar), Cognyst International, said: “The theme of the conference is smart energy - the event has been designed to measure energy consumption effectively, and utilize energy intelligently. Smart meters help to identify consumer usage patterns enabling the utility to help the consumer use that energy more wisely. Making more efficient use of energy today, means 50 to 100 years from now we will have more available.

“Today the greatest challenge the Middle East region faces with regards to electricity is cooling, especially in the hottest months. Smart Energy Middle East provides the ideal platform to showcase the strategies and technologies to build a greener, more efficient future.”

Exhibitors at Smart Energy Middle East 2011 include Itron, Landis+Gyr, Elster Power Plus Communications, Siemens, Synerall, Sanxing Electric, ISKRAEMECO, and Connectiva.

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 smart meters and technologies will impact and revolutionise the utility sector in the Middle East region.