Smart Metering West Coast: Conference Program 2008

Smart Metering West Coast

18 August – 19 August 2008 

Conference Program Day 1

Monday 18 August 2008 

Session 1.0.1

General: Plenary / Keynote address
Chairman: Mike King, Senior Vice-President, NERA Economic Consulting, CO

09h00 – 09h30 Keynote address: The future of Smart Metering at Puget Sound Energy
Bert Valdman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Energy, WA
09h30 – 10h00 Encouraging energy efficiency through smart technology development – the role of the regulator
Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, WA
10h00 – 10h30 The regulatory environment in the Northwest
Lisa Schwartz, Senior Analyst, Oregon Public Utility Commission, OR
  Session 1.1.1

A critical overview of smart metering initiatives
Chairman: Tim Wolf, Marketing and Business Development Vice President of Plexus Research, Plexus Research, WA

Session 1.2.1

Smarter grid for the Northwest
Chairman: Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, WA

11h00 – 11h30 PG&E – SmartMeter program update
Jim Meadows, Director, SmartMeter Program, PG&E, CA
Energy leaders will discuss the future of the smart grid in the Northwest:


  • Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, WA
  • Don Kopczynski, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations, Avista Utilities, WA
  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Officer, Bonneville Power Authority, WA
  • Tim Stearns, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington CTED Energy Policy Division, WA
11h30 – 12h00 A new way of doing business – Portland General Electric smart meter deployment
Joel Westvold, Director, AMI, Portland General Electric, OR
12h00 – 12h30 Climate change, electric grid constraints and the evolution of the smart grid
Jeff Havranek, Director Sales, Trilliant Networks, CA
  Session 1.1.2

Digging deeper into smart metering: leveraging existing technologies for the smart grid
Chairman: Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development Specialist, Itron, WA

Session 1.2.2

Interoperability with the smart grid
Chairman: Daniel Violette, Principal, Strategy Practice, Summit Blue Consulting, CO

13h30 – 14h00 Making meters smart at minimal cost
Fran Couzens, Director, IT Customer Applications, UniSource Energy, AZ
Interoperability and being GridWise
Rik Drummond, Principal, Drummond Group & Chair of GridWise Architecture Council, TX
14h00 – 14h30 Leveraging AMI for prepayment
Terry Gifford, Engineer, Tacoma Power, WA
AMI integration and moving beyond to achieve the smart grid
Conrad Eustis, Director, Retail Technology Development, Portland General Electric, OR
14h30 – 15h00 Leveraging smart meters for the smart grid
Terry Mohn, Technology Strategist, SDG&E, CA
Tomorrow’s secure, intelligent, interoperable metering and customer communications infrastructure
Joe Hughes, Senior Technical Manager, Power Delivery System, EPRI, CA
15h30 – 17h00 Session 1.3 – Panel discussion

“How will vendor interoperability revolutionize the future of smart metering and the smart grid?”
Moderator: Senior representative, Global Energy Partners, CA*

  • Hugh Baker, President, MeterSmart, TX
  • John Stafford, Business Development Manager, Sensus Metering Systems, PA
  • Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development Specialist, Itron, WA

A selection of utilities, consultants and vendors will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of interoperability. Will it ever really happen, and is it truly possible? Gain further insight into how multi-service utilities (and utilities with large geographic coverage) select, and future-proof, their technologies.

Conference Program Day 2

Tuesday 19 August 2008 

Session 2.0.1

Plenary session
Chairman: Eric Dresselhuys, Vice President of Marketing, SilverSpring Networks, CA

09h00 – 09h30 Avista presentation
Don Kopczynski, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations, Avista Utilities, WA
09h30 – 10h00 Bonneville Power Authority presentation
Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Bonneville Power Authority, WA
10h00 – 10h30 OG&E case study presentation
Michael Farrell, Product Innovation Manager, OG&E, OK & Chris Greenwell, Manager of Commercial Services, OG&E, OK
  Session 2.1.1

Hitting home with demand response
Chairman: Jami Robinson, Director of Marketing, MeterSmart, TX

Session 2.2.1

Smart grid technologies
Chairman: Forrest Small, Director,  Renewable & Distributed Energy, Navigant Consulting, MA

11h00 – 11h30 The four dimensions of motivating demand response: How to sell to the end user
Peter Honebein, Managing Member, Customer Performance Group, NV

AMI and theft detection
Brent Hughes, President, MBH Consulting, "Retired" Manager Revenue Metering, BC Hydro, Canada

Please note this presentation is not available online. Contact Brent Hughes directly for further information:

11h30 – 12h00 Avista Energy’s demand response program
Leona Doege, Demand Response Manager, Avista Utilities, WA
Integrated disconnect switch: Real world benefits
Mike Tabbert, Director, Strategic Accounts, Elster, NC
12h00 – 12h30 Integrating dynamic pricing with inclining block rates
Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group, CA
UPA Presentation
Joe Maier, Vice President, Business Development and Technical Services, Corinex, CA
  Session 2.1.2

The passage to comprehensive AMI implementation
Chairman: Claire Fulenwider, Executive Director, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, WA*

Session 2.2.2

Growing the smart grid
Chairman: Martin Travers, President, Telecommunications Division, Black & Veatch, KS

13h30 – 14h00 AMI: The strategic implementation roadmap
Dave Elve, Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Principal Consultant, Enspiria Solutions, GA
Picking the winning demand response solutions
J.D. Hammerly, Executive Vice President, Energy Infrastructure, Battelle Seattle Research Center, WA
14h00 – 14h30 Should you build your house on rock or sand: A checklist to weather the approaching AMI storm
John Stafford, Business Development Manager, Sensus Metering Systems, PA
Preparing field deployment of AMI for the smart grid
Jim Cherrie, Director, Product Management & Deployment, Edison SmartConnect, Southern California Edison, CA
14h30 – 15h00 Electrical power load shapes in the residential sector of two Mexican regions
Martín Maqueda, Research Director, Energy Efficiency Department, Mexican Electric Research Institute, Mexico
Communication technologies to maximise the potential of smart grid infrastructure
Frank Hoss, Principal, Capgemini Global Utility Practice, TX
15h30 – 17h00

Session 2.3 – Closing panel discussion:

“How utilities can leverage smart meter/smart grid technology to understand their customers’ needs”
Moderator: Matt Lecar, Fund Manager, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, CA


  • Peter Honebein, Principal, Customer Performance Group, NV
  • Patrick Mazza, Research Director, Climate Solutions, WA
  • Wayne Embree, Founder and Managing Partner, Reference Capital Management, OR

A number of utility representatives, consultants, technology vendors and consumer advocates will discuss how two-way communication will empower residential and industrial customers. Do customers want to manage their energy usage? What will be the impact of the smart grid on communication? Has the evolution of smart metering encouraged this and what can we expect in the future? What about environmental sustainability and consumer concerns?