General opening session


Conference Program Day 1
Monday April 21, 2008

Session 1.0.1

General: Opening / Keynote
Chairman: Irene Stillings, Executive Director, California Centre for Sustainable Energy

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address
Debra L. Reed, President & CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric & Southern California Gas Company

09h30 – 10h00

Plenary address
David O’Brien, President & CEO, Toronto Hydro, Canada

10h00 – 11h00

Panel discussion: ‘What is driving the evolution in the changing utility environment’?

Why today’s smart utility executives are concerned about the utility landscape of tomorrow and why they are taking AMI and smart metering decisions to the boardroom.
An esteemed panel of utility executives will discuss the transformation of the utility industry brought on by technology advances, specifically focusing on how the large volumes of real-time data will affect the industry. They will also demonstrate how their utilities’ business models and business cases have enabled them to justify ROI and fund investments in AMI, smart grid, billing and CRM infrastructures and will impact on their organizations processes.

Moderator: Tom Walker, Director, Business Integration, SCE, CA


  • David Harkness, Vice President & CIO, PNM Resources, NM
  • Jim Jones, Vice President & CIO, GR Energy, MN
  • Donna LeClair, Chief Technology Officer, B.C. Hydro, Canada
  • Michael Oldak, Senior Director, State Competitive & Regulatory Polices, Edison Electric Institute, DC