Metering, Billing/CRM India: Conference Program 2008


Metering, Billing/CRM India

14 October – 16 October 2008

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Opening session: 1.1.1

The changing utility environment in India
Chairman: Devender Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, India

10h00 – 10h30 Chairman’s address
10h30 – 11h00 Welcome address: An update from CEA
S. M. Dhiman, Member (GO&D) & Ex-Officio Add. Secretary, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), India
11h00 – 11h30 Metering scenario: Current trends – from metering philosophy to future IT models
P. K. Kognolkar, Director General, Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), India
11h30 – 12h00

Keynote: Challenges in distribution and privatization
S. Padmanabhan, Executive Director (Operations), Tata Power, India

12h00 – 13h00

Panel discussion –  Tools of transformation: Smart meters and smart grid in the Indian scenario
Chairman: Kapil Mohan, Director, Ministry of Power, Government of India, India


  • Manish Agarwal, Executive Director, KPMG Advisory Services, India
  • K. H. Gulam Ahmed, Director (Projects & Purchase), APCPDCL, India
  • Babu Babel, Joint Managing Director, Secure Meters, India
  • Paul Sell, Director, CEO, Energy Market Consulting Associates, Australia
  • B.K Sharma, Member, Chattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory commission, India
Session 1.2.1

International experiences with smart metering and AMI
Chairman: Rajesh Bansal, Additional Vice President, Meter and Energy Audit, BSES Delhi, India

14h00 – 14h30

The concrete benefits of smart metering evident after 5 years of smart metering network operation
Fabio Borghese, AMM International Business Development, Enel, Italy

14h30 – 15h00 Smart metering and the need for advanced data management
Wayne Van Eyk, Solutions Strategy Specialist – Energy Data Management, Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit, Oracle, Australia
15h00 – 15h30 AMI pilot project: Brazil
Luiz Garbelotto, Head of Distribution, Celesc, Brazil
Session 1.3.1

Technologies for a transforming utility environment
Chairman: N. Murugesan, Chief Manager, TCE Consulting, India

16h00 – 16h30

Automation and information management for a large urban power distribution network
Dr. K Rajamani, Chief Consultant Central Technical Services, Reliance, India

16h30 – 17h00

The potential of Group metering AMR
Arvind Kaul, Senior Deputy General Manager, Genus, India

17h00 – 17h30

Technology think tank – Communication technologies for the utility environment 
Moderator: S. G. Patki, General Manager (Engineering, Project Planning, Procurement & Technology Services), Tata Power, India


  • Anil Daulani, Business Head – Power, System Integration Group, HCL
  • MN Jayasankar, General Manager, KLG Systel, India
  • Surendra Jhalora, Assistant General Manager, Secure Meters, India
  • U.S. Mane, General Manager (IT), Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd., India
  • Chandra Prakesh, VP Operations Wallaby Metering Systems, India

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 15 October 2008

What’s now?
Session 2.1.1

CRM and billing challenges 
Chairman: Kaushik Ghosh, Managing Director,  PRI, UK

Session 2.1.2

Defining the smart grid for India
Chairman: Siddharta Mathur, Senior Vice President, KPMG, India

10h00 – 10h30

Challenges in the Indian utility industry
Anjuli Chandra, Director, CEA, India 

Chairman’s address and opening
Siddhartha Mathur, Senior Vice President, KPMG Advisory Services, India 

10h30 – 11h00

Prepayment metering system strategies and implementation challenges
Surendra Jhalora, Assistant General Manager, Secure Meters, India 

Automated restoration of supply – an Australian implementation
Martin Mc Caffrey, Technical Manager, Oracle Utilities, Australia
11h00 – 11h30 Electricity Tariffs for voltage-dependent loads
Dr.K. Ramalingam, Regional Executive Director (Retd), Airports Authority of India, India

Project Peace: BEST’s integrated system implementation
MN Jayasankar, General Manager, Klg Systel, India 

What’s next?
Session 2.2.1

Decreasing losses and improving revenue protection
Chairman: B.K. Sharma, Member, Chattisgarh State Electricity Regulator, India

Session 2.2.2

International smart grid success stories and India’s powergrid situtation
Chairman: Dr K. Rajamani, Chief Consultant (Central Technical Services), Reliance Infrastructure, India

12h00 – 12h30

How Energy Accounting helps in intervening losses in Power Distribution Utilities
Arindam Ghosh, VP, KPMG, India

Australian case study: Cost benefit analysis for a mandatory rollout – lessons learnt
Paul Sell, Founding member and CEO, Energy Market Consulting, Australia
12h30 – 13h00

AMR to reduce losses: Experience from MP Discom
Pankaj Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director, MPPKVVCL, India 

Grid experiences from Russia: The struggle against losses
Alexander Merkulov, Member of the board, JSC Prionezhskaya net company, Russia 

13h00 – 13h30

Power Theft in Slums and metering solution requirements for Low end Consumers
Sunil Joglekar, Vice President, HIRCO, India 

AMI as an enabling tool to modernize the grid
P. Choudhury, Senior Utility Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services, India 

Where to from here?
Session 2.3.1

Billing and CRM strategies to optimize operations
Chairman: Raj Gitay, Chief: Metering Division, Reliance Infrastructure, India

Session 2.3.2

Intelligent load management strategies and applications for tomorrow’s utilities
Chairman: Rajesh Bansal, Additional Vice President, Meter and Energy Audit, BSES Delhi, India

14h30 – 15h00

Global implementations in Smart Metering
Andrew Gillen, Director, Sales & Market Development, Echelon, USA 

Radio Ripple Control and Load Management
Heinrich Wienold, CEO, EFR GmbH, Germany

15h00 – 15h30

Wireless as a tool to improve operations and data collections
Hallvard Moholdt, Head of Business Development, Radiocrafts, Norway 

15h30 – 16h00  

Intelligent load management strategies
Sqdr Ldr, Mahesh Iyer, Advisor, Energy Division, SPML, India

16h30 – 17h30

Joint closing session: Smart metering for the next generation smart grid
Chairman: Paul Sell, CEO, Energy Market Consulting, Australia


  • Fabio Borghese, Business Development Manager, ENEL, Italy
  • Kaushik Ghosh, Managing Director, PRI, UK
  • K. C. Gupta, l DirectoTechnicar, JVVNL, India
  • Sai Krishna CEO , winAMR Systems, India
  • Rajesh Bansal, Additional Vice President, Meter and Energy Audit, BSES Delhi, India

Conference Program Day 3

Thursday 16 October 2008

Workshop I

 10h00 – 13h00

Meter testing workshop
Chairman: Yogesh Nama, Director, Zera, Germany
10h00 – 10h30 Testing Energy Meter compliance for  Protocol& Performance as per standards
M. Pradish, Engineering Officer, and M. Kadloor, Joint Director, CPRI, India
10h30 – 11h00

Meter testing – an experience from utility perspective
SC Dharpe, Senior Engineer, Tata Power, India

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11h00 – 11h30

Energy Meter Testing Requirements in Accredited Laboratory
Pradeep Gujrati, IDEMI Mumbai, India

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12h00 – 12h30

Topic to be advised
Y. K. Nama, CEO, Zera India Private Limited and Rainer Otto, Director Technical, Zera GmbH, Germany

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12h30 – 13h00

Laboratory experience on testing of energy meters
Ashok Kumar, Equipment testing division, Electronics Regional Test Laboratory North (ERTL), STQC Directorate, India

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Workshop II

14:00 – 17:00

WORKSHOP: AMR and communication technologies
Workshop leader: Alexander Merkulov, Member of board, JSC ‘Prionezhskaya net company’, Russia

  • Mesh technology (Costs, implementation, experiences) over PLC
  • Climate specific issues (Case study in Southern Russia)
  • Open discussion with the audience on communication technologies and residential AMR
  • Real-time demonstration of Russian meters in St. Petersburg
  • Meter demonstration of how to configure communication