Metering Central America & Caribbean: Conference Program 2010


Metering Central America & Caribbean

April 20 – 21, 2010

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday April 20, 2010

Opening session: 1.0.1

Keynote and general opening session
Chairman: Jose Camilo Manzur, Director, Asocodis, Colombia

09h00 – 09h15

Keynote address – Energy crisis and sustainable development in the region: The place for new smart technologies
Silvana Giaimo Chávez, Vice-Minister of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

09h15 – 10h30

Panel discussion – Why are utilities, governments and the industry taking the direction they are?

A high level panel of utility executives will discuss the realities of running their utilities as a commercial enterprise and which utility business models and cases have enabled them to justify ROI and fund investments in “smart” technologies like prepayment, AMI, smart grid, billing and CRM infrastructures.

Moderator: Pablo Corredor, General Manager, XM and President of COCIER, Colombia

  • Oscar Armijos Gonzalez-Rubio, General Manager, Electrica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • José Inostroza Lopez, General Manager, Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana Macao (CEPM), Dominican Republic
  • Eduardo Agustin Neri Badillo, Metering Director, IUSA Group, Mexico
  • Jorge Enrique Pizano, Chief Executive Officer, Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Bogota, Colombia
  • Jaime Vargas, Commercial Manager, Codensa, Colombia
Session 1.1.1

Regulatory issues
Chairman: Andres Taboada, Energy Director,  Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia


Session: 1.2.1

11h00 – 11h30

Update on the new metering code in Colombia
German Castro, Commissioned Expert, Comisión de Regulación de Energía y Gas, Colombia

The smart grid: A game changer?
Module leader: David Robinson, Principal, The Brattle Group, Spain

  • What is the smart grid (SG)?
  • Current plans for SG’s in developed and some developing countries
  • How SG’s help meet "traditional" utility goals, like demand-side management and energy efficiency
  • Why climate change and rising energy costs make the SG more important
  • Why the SG could be a game changer for the energy sector

11h30 – 12h00

Metering systems from the regulatory and tariffs perspective: Towards energy efficiency and the rational use of energy
Gerardo Manhard, Engineering Manager, SIGLA, Argentina

12h00 – 12h30

Alternatives for low income families: Prepayment, no cost fares
Ricardo Vidinich, Commercial Regulation Superintendent, ANEEL, Brazil

Session 1.1.2

Standards and meter testing
Chairman: Hector Osorio Muñoz, Electricity Metering Laboratory Manager, EMCALI, Colombia


Session 1.2.2

14h00 – 14h30

New standards for smart metering in Colombia
Gustavo Rivero, Director, MEDER and President, ICONTEC, Colombia

Industry requirements to build the smart grid: Technologies, interoperability and tendencies
Module leader: Pablo Corredor, General Manager, XM and President of COCIER, Colombia 

14h30 – 15h00

Metrologic control challenges of smart meters in Brazil
Juan Carlos Mateus Sanchez, Technology Researcher, Legal Metrology Department, Brazil

15h00 – 15h30

Meter calibration using natural gas
José Ignacio Romero, Metrology Laboratory Technical Director, Promigas, Colombia

Session 1.1.3

Meter data and customer management
Chairman: Alfonso Valverde Madriz, Energy Management Manager, CNFL, Costa Rica


Session 1.2.3

16h00 – 16h30

Smart grid data management infrastructure for metering data
Ann Moore, Business Development Executive, Osisoft, USA

Delivering Smart Grid business value through intelligent fixed network solutions
Module leader: Fernando Cortina Business Development Director Mexico and Central America, Aclara, USA

AMI as a foundation for the expansion of the smart grid

  • Load control and demand response
  • Distribution automation
  • Outage management
  • Revenue assurance
  • Prepay

Business drivers

  • Emcali
  • EEDAS (San Andres)


16h30 – 17h00

How to use your MDM to reduce losses
Mariano Bergman, Marketing Manager, Itron, Brazil 

17h00 – 17h30

Customer management system for electricity
Sergio Miranda, General Manager – Chile, ELO, Brazil 

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday April 21, 2010

Session 2.1.1

Chairman: Monica Ruiz Arbelaez, Market Analyst, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Colombia

Session 2.2.1

Business case models for sub-metering
Module leader: Adalberto Cavalcanti, Commercial Director, SAPPEL, Brazil

09h00 – 09h30

Prepayment metering plan and management for low income clients in Dominican Republic
José Inostroza Lopez, General Manager, Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM), Dominican Republic 

  • Cost justification
  • Operation improvements in the field
  • Meter management
  • Revenue protection
  • Planning
  • Customer service strategies
  • Deployment and service strategies

09h30 – 10h00

Basic energy for social sustainability
Sergio Agoff, Consultant, Argentina 

10h00 – 10h30

Mexican case: Using smart self-managed metering system
Eduardo Agustin Neri Badillo, Metering Director, IUSA Group, Mexico 

Session 2.1.2

Laying the foundation for AMI and smart grids in the region
Chairman: Hector Enrique Peña, Energy Planning Department, Emcali, Colombia

Session 2.2.2

Metering management – A case study from the biggest Latin American water utility: SABESP
Module leader: Marcelo Medeiros, Operational Development and Metering Department Manager, SABESP, Brazil

11h00 – 11h30

Making a profit while selling less electricity: how to encourage utilities to promote energy conservation and efficiency
David Robinson, Principal, The Brattle Group, Spain 

  • Sub-metering management model at SABESP and the fight against losses
  • The relationship between technological development and improvement of sub-metering
  • Information: The key to success
  • People’s development and the search for results

11h30 – 12h00

Why is smart grid important for Colombia?
Angela Cadena, Professor, University Los Andes, Colombia 

12h00 – 12h30

Putting it all together
Charles Morris, Director, Cognyst International, Colombia

Session 2.1.3

AMR/AMI best practice for losses reduction and energy efficiency
Chairman: Sergio Miranda, Pacific Area Director, ELO, Brazil

Session 2.2.3

Intelligent meter reading systems as a tool to manage water utilities
Module leader: Henrique Costa, AMR-AMI Latin America Manager – Water Division, Itron, Brazil

14h00 – 14h30

Control of energy losses at industrial and commercial clients
Juan José Ccarhuarupay Atapaucar, Large Clients Division, Edenorte, Dominican Republic 

Case study by: Elton Mello, Water Meter Laboratory Technical Manager, Departamento Municipal de Agua e Esgotos (DMAE), Brazil

  • AMR – AMI overview into the water utilities.
  • Data creation – How important it is to the utility. Meter technologies available and losses reduction.
  • Data collection – Technologies available and the correct use of it.
  • Data management – Are the water utilities ready to manage all the data? How does it work to reduce losses and improve the financial results?
  • Case study from Brazil

14h30 – 15h00

Reducing non-technical loss using AMI
Carlos Augusto Jorge Loureiro, Project Manager, Smart Grid, Energisa, Brazil
John Chowdhury, Director, Smart Grid, Latin America and Caribbean, KEMA, USA 

15h30 – 16h00

Question and answers

Session 2.1.4

Closing session
Moderator: Roberto Bustamante Miller, Director, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

16h00 – 17h00

Panel discussion: Smart meter and smart grid communications

Evaluate the pros and cons of the different meter communication technologies: PLC, BPL, radio mesh, GPRS, ZigBee, WIFI, etc., uncover which one works best for your utility, discuss the issues and what will be the next step towards a SMARTER utility!