Metering Central America & Caribbean: Conference Program 2007


Metering Central America & Caribbean 2007

Wednesday 21 February – Friday 23 February 

Conference Programme Day 1, Wednesday 21 February

08h00 – 13h00
Field visits to sites with alternative prepayment management methodologies will take place. Delegates will have the opportunity to view the equipment and talk to the clients involved in the projects.

See installations in:

  • Yomasa, using pin technology
  • Madrid, using remote activation technology
  • Calle 80, using smart card technology

Tour leaders:
Dora Alba Ruge Rojas, Billing Chief, Codensa, Colombia
Mauricio Morales, New Products and Services Billing Chief, Codensa, Colombia

15h00 – 16h00    
The prepayment case study in Bogotá
The prepayment system in Colombia is regarded as a new alternative for sustainable development in the energy sector. The various technologies presently available in the market have been researched, in an effort to ensure a common understanding among utilities and their customers of the benefits that prepayment offers and the systems that are available.

Questions and answers


16h30 – 18h00    
Prepayment: Revenue collection for the deregulated industry

  • What is prepayment? The historical perspective, both in South America and internationally
  • Financial models
  • Options to prepayment: the advantages and disadvantages


Course leaders:
Charles Morris, Director, Falcon International, Colombia
Howard Scott, Director, Falcon International, USA  

 Day 2: Thursday 22 February 2007
Conference and exhibition

 Opening session and keynote addresses
The business of metering in the Central American & Caribbean region

Chairman: Hernán Martínez Torres, Minister, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

09h10 – 09h30    
Opening address
José Alejandro Inostroza, General Manager, Codensa, Colombia

09h30 – 09h50    
10 years later: The second phase of the electricity prepay project in Curaçao

Anthon Casperson, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Aqualectra, Curaçao

09h50 – 10h10    
Overview of natural gas distribution and metering in Colombia

José María Almacellas, President, Gas Natural, Colombia

  Metering regulation and standards
Chairman: Mauricio Correa, Assessor, Comisión de Regulación de Energía y Gas (CREG), Colombia

11h00 – 11h30   
Water micrometering

Jhon Jairo Martínez Cepeda, Regulation Manager, Comisión de Regulación de Agua Potable y Saneamiento Básico (CRA), Colombia

11h30 – 12h00    
IEEE standards for communication in metering ANSI C12.22

Omar Calvete, Account executive – Sales and Marketing, Elster Electricity, Mexico

12h00 – 12h30
Colombian regulation on metering to end-users
Jaime Alberto Blandon Diaz, Technical Manager, IEB, Colombia

Retail commercialization, tariffs and regulation in Columbia
Marta Aguilar, Executive Director, Asociacion Colombiana de Comercializadores (ACCE), Colombia

Advanced metering, AMR and AMI
Howard Scott, Director, Falcon International, USA 

14h30 – 15h00  
Evaluation of the environment in order to choose the most appropriate technology in view of implementing an AMR metering system

Ronald Azofeifa Araya, Technical Services Coordinator, JASEC, Costa Rica

15h00 – 15h30  
A proactive approach to reduce non-technical losses: A review of advanced metering in the Dominican Republic

Rafael Cueto Stéfani, Telecommunications and Systems Director, Edesur, Dominican Republic

15h30 – 16h00    
Automatic reading for residential electric meters: An AMR PLC application in the Atlantic zone

Jorge Trigueros Vásquez, Project Manager, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Costa Rica

16h00 – 16h30
Case study: The AMI Project in Honduras
Jacobo da Costa Gomez, Regional Manager, Northwestern Region, Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica de Honduras (ENEE), Honduras
Oscar Dominguez, Account Executive – Central America and Caribbean, Elster, USA

Data collection and management
Chairman: Juan Ibanez, Commercial Vice President, Primestone, Colombia

17h00 – 17h30  
Data transmission over low voltage power lines

Pedro Trujillo Tarazona, Professor, Unidades Tecnológicas de Santander, Colombia

17h30 – 18h00
Collection of remote metering data in the Mexican electricity system

Pedro Alatorre Cristóbal, Metering Systems Manager, Energy Control National Center, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico

Day 3: Friday 23 February 2007
Conference and exhibition

 Prepayment: Assuring utility revenue
Chairman: Mauricio Morales, New Products and Services Billing Chief, Codensa, Colombia

08h30 – 09h00    
Prepay and postpaid billing experiences in developing countries
James Sneedon, Program Manager, Net1, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30    
Prepayment experience in Colombia and the users’ rights

David Riaño, Energy and Gas Superintendent, Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios, Colombia

09h30 – 10h00   
A holistic view to assuring utility revenue

Howard Scott, Director, Falcon International, USA

Prepayment best practices   
Chairman: Charles Morris, Director, Falcon International, Colombia

10h30 – 11h00   
The prepay energy project at Empresas Públicas de Medellín

Inés Helena Vélez Pérez, Energy Distribution Commercial Deputy Manager, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Colombia

11h00 – 11h30
New technologies for sustainable commercial agreements that avoid the exclusion of low resource clients

Sergio agoff, Independent Consultant, Argentina

11h30 – 12h00   
Prepay metering experiences at Electrocosta- Electricaribe

Germán Garcia Valenzuela, Commercial Manager, Electrocosta, Colombia

Utility billing and CRM solutions
Chairman: Dora Alba Ruge Rojas, Billing Manager, Codensa, Colombia

13h00 – 13h30   
A unique and innovative onsite billing experience in Guatemala

Hector Alvarado, Metering Manager, Empresa Electrica de Guatemala (EEGSA), Guatemala

13h30 – 14h00   
Modernization of the metering and billing process at Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Bogota

Miguel Lozano Rodríguez, Director of Quality and Process Management, Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Bogotá (EAAB), Colombia

14h00 – 14h30    
arist@: Proyecto BI CODENSA S.A ESP  – La información es la clave, arist@ la herramienta

Hugo Hernán, Ruiz Martinez, Director del Proyecto, Codensa, Colombia

Revenue protection
Chairman: Renato Céspedes, Senior Principal Consultant, KEMA, Colombia

15h00 – 15h30   
Innovative equipment to fight against commercial losses

Maria Beatriz Duarte Araujo Pedro, R+D Engineer, AMPLA, Brazil

15h30 – 16h00   
Reduction of non-technical water losses by studying consumption patterns

Julio Cesar Bueno Cruz, Commercial Director, BM Systems, Colombia

16h00 – 16h30
Revenue protection – Increasing management capabilities by telemetry

Welson Jacometti, President, CAS Tecnologia, Brazil

16h30 – 17h00   
Electricity supply in areas of slow development

Aracely Márquez, Revenue Protection Engineer, Codensa, Colombia

17h00 – 18h00   

Closing panel discussion:
The future of metering in the Caribbean and Central American regions

Moderator: Ron Via, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Elster, USA