Metering Central America & Caribbean 2008

Monday 28 April –  Wednesday 30 April

 Pre-conference Workshops

Monday 28 April 2008

Session: 0.1.1

WORKSHOP 1: Prepayment
Workshop leader: Luis Alberto Ayala, Independent Consultant, Ecuador

09h00 – 09h30
Welcome
Luis Alberto Ayala, Independent Consultant, Ecuador

09h30 – 10h00
Case study: Experiences with prepayment meters in Ecuador
Luis Alberto Ayala, Independent Consultant, Ecuador

10h00 – 10h45
Prepayment meters in Argentina – results of an industrial project first pilot of energy management meters
Jorge Rigamonti, Prepayment Project Manager, Edenor, Argentina

11h15 – 12h00
Prepayment system at Empresas Publicas de Medellín, an alternative to provide access to electricity
Inés Helena Vélez Pérez, Deputy Commercial Manager Transmission and Distribution, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Colombia

12h00 – 12h30
Rural electrification project with prepayment
Tomas Soto Sanchez, Deputy Manager Energy Trading and Systems, Adinelsa, Peru

Session: 0.1.2

WORKSHOP 2: AMR
Workshop leader: Howard Scott, Managing Partner, Cognyst Consulting, USA

This course provides an introduction to automatic meter reading. It focuses on a review of the technology and deployment options available to electric, gas and water utilities, and the practical aspects of exploring vendor offerings, building a business case, and successfully implementing a system.

14h00 – 15h00

  • Drivers: some case studies examining why utilities are implementing AMR — competition, deregulation, regulatory incentives, cost reduction, etc.
  • Overview of AMR technologies: telephone, mobile radio, fixed public and private radio, powerline carrier, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Components of an AMR system: terminology and architecture.
  • AMR system data capabilities and functionality: on- and off-cycle meter reading, time-of-use reading, profiling, outage and tamper detection, prepay administration, etc.
  • AMR marketplace: vendors, shipments, market share.

15h30 – 17h00

  • AMR cost justification elements: operational improvements in field and office meter management; revenue protection; conservation; planning and engineering information; customer service strategies; direct and indirect capital and operating and maintenance costs.
  • Deployment and service strategies: universal versus opportunistic deployment; basic and enhanced service models; AMR system acquisition and service models.
    Risk factors and their mitigation: standards and interoperability, obsolescence, etc.
  • Principles of successful AMR project management: building the AMR project team.
  • Effective requests for tenders and contract negotiations.
  • Implementation considerations: installation data integration; business process redesign.

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 29 April 2008

Opening session: 1.0.1

Keynote and general opening session

09h00 – 09h15
Keynote address – A regional fight against losses
Luis Eduardo Villamizar Caicedo, Director of Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

09h15 – 10h15
Panel discussion – Overview of metering and customer service developments in the Central American & Caribbean region and the direction the industry is taking

Moderator: Luis Eduardo Villamizar Caicedo, Director of Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

Session 1.1.1

Regulatory issues and standards
Chairman: Omar Serrano, Regulation Manager, Codensa, Colombia

11h30 – 12h00
New manual for reduction of energy losses
Jaime Alberto Blandón Diaz, Technical Manager, IEB, Colombia

12h00 – 12h30
Metering standards in Colombia
Hector Osorio, Electricity Metering Laboratory Manager, EMCALI & President of Committee 144 of Icontec, Colombia

Session 1.2.1

Resource management for sustainability
Chairman: Luis Alberto Ayala, Independent Consultant, Ecuador

14h00 – 14h30
Saving energy with AMI and distribution automation systems  
Fabio Dominguez, Sales and Marketing Director for Latin America and Caribbean, Elster Electricity, USA

14h30 – 15h00
Johannesburg Water resource management initiatives: Prepayment metering as a tool for demand side management
Nico Singh, Prepayment Manager: New Services Division, Johannesburg Water, South Africa

15h00 – 15h30
Contribution of water metering as a factor of sustainability
Samuel Lee, General Manager – Water & Heat Latin America, Actaris, Brazil

Session 1.3.1

Panel discussion:
Energy efficiency: An unexploited resource?

Moderator: Miguel Calahorrano, Planning Director, CONELEC, Ecuador*

16h00 – 17h00
Panelists:

 Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 30 April 2008

Session 2.1.1

AMR for revenue enhancement
Chairman: Pedro J. Trujillo Tarazona, Professor, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

09h00 – 09h30
AMR case study in Puerto Rico
Ramon L. Burgos Medina, Associated Director for Wholesale, Industrial and Commercial Customers, PREPA, Puerto Rico

09h30 – 10h00
CELPE’s AMR project
Bruno Agra Kleinau, Metering Manager, CELPE, Brazil

10h00 – 10h30
AMR experience in Chile
Sylvain Broglé, Export Director, SAPPEL, France

Session 2.2.1

AMR, AMI and smart grids
Chairman: Juan Ibanez, Commercial Vice President, Primestone, Colombia

11h00 – 11h30
Results of the AMI project in Honduras
Jacobo Da Costa Gomez, Metering Manager, ENEE, Honduras

11h30 – 12h00
AMI at Codensa
Robinson Díaz Méndez, Technical Systems Coordinator, Control Center, Codensa
Guilherme Vallerini, Business Manager, V2COM, Brazil

12h00 – 12h30
Preliminary results of the AMI system at JASEC in Cartago, Costa Rica
Ronald Azofeifa Araya, Technical Services Coordinator, JASEC, Costa Rica

12h30 – 13h00
Market research for smart grids in Latin America
Alejandro Crivelli, SSA Energy & Utilities Industry Leader, IBM, Argentina

Session 2.3.1

Billing and CRM
Chairman: Jonathan Spencer Jones, Editor: Smart Energy International América Latina, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00
Case study: Project “ALPASO”
Ricardo Javier Garcia Peredo, Business Executive for Services and Products, CRE, Bolivia

15h00 – 15h30
Social responsibility and customer service: A successful experience
Diana Lorena Gomez Zuluaga, Deputy Manager Customer Service, Aguas de Manizales, Colombia

Session 2.4.1

Closing panel discussion
Moderator: Charles Morris, Director, Falcon International, Colombia

16h00 – 17h00
Hi-tech or low-tech? What is right for the region?

Panelists: