San Diego, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 8, 2010 – The 11th Metering, Billing/MDM America gets under way today at the San Diego Marriott in San Diego, CA.
A lot has happened in the last year since Metering America 2009. At that time the stimulus package had just been announced, creating considerable excitement over the prospect of this windfall funding into the industry. Now all those funds have been allocated and utilities are having to face up to the realities of being able to utilize them, while those that weren’t awarded funding are having to relook at their plans.
Arguably the most significant achievement of the past year in support of the smart grid in the U.S. has been the considerable progress made with developing interoperability standards and a cyber security strategy. It was just a year ago that the security threats to the smart grid began to be widely appreciated and a year on, several hundred industry experts have devoted considerable time to identifying security requirements as well as standards generally applicable to the smart grid.
And of course the utilities that had already started smart meter rollouts have continued with these, and according to FERC’s latest assessment there were 7.95 million advanced meters installed in the United States in 2009.
Metering America, under the theme “Where technology meets the customer,” will review all of these issues and more, in four parallel conference tracks – Metering America, Smart Grid America, Billing America, and the Water Meter Summit – and four pre- and post-conference seminars, while a series of breakfast “smart sessions” will kick off each day. Additional highlights include a high level executive round table focussing on topical smart grid issues and the co-located 3rd World Meter Design Congress.
The opening keynote will be presented by Ann Shen Smith, senior vice president: customer services at San Diego Gas & Electric, the host utility, and the plenary address on smart grid investments in California will be given by California PUC commissioner Dr Nancy Ryan. The opening session also will include the presentation of the annual Smart Energy International Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the utilities sector in North America over the past 12 months.
With over 800 registered delegates and almost 50 exhibitors in the exhibition hall, this 11th Metering, Billing/MDM America is the largest Metering America yet.