Smart Metering West Coast: Conference Program 28-30 August, 2006 

Monday 28 August 2006

                Pre-conference seminar: Smart data management
Chairman: Eric Miller, Vice President, Product Line Management, Itron, CA, USA
8:45 – 9:15 am
Is smart metering really just a dream at this stage?
Howard Scott, Managing Partner, Cognyst Consulting LLC, NJ, USA
9:15 – 9:45 am
The changing definition of smart metering
Frits Bruggink, Executive General Manager, Echelon, CA, USA
9:45 – 10:15 am
Using data smartly
Paul DeMartini, Director AMI Program, Southern California Edison, CA, USA
10:15 – 10:45 am
Strategies for developing a functional MDM repository
Wendy Lohkamp, Director Product Line Management, Itron, CA, USA

 Standards and strategies: Smart data management
Chairman: Eric Miller, Vice President, Product Line Management, Itron, CA, USA

11:15 – 11:45 am
MDM functions: objectives, approaches, and emerging standards
James Pace, Director, Software Product Management, SilverSpring Networks, CA, USA
11:45 – 12:15 pm
Interoperability strategies in AMI/AMR
Erich Gunther, Chairman, UtilityAMI, TN, USA and Terry Mohn, Technology Strategist and Enterprise Architect, Sempra Energy Utilities, CA
12:15 – 12:45 pm
Ontario smart metering with a “DataCo”
Brent Williams, Vice President IT Solutions, Olameter Inc, ON, Canada
12:45 – 1:15 pm
Meter data management systems – using meter data for true business benefit
Rick Brakken, Senior Vice President and Susan Imm, Sales Director, Nexus Energy Software, AZ, USA
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Site visit: See it all in practice. Gain first-hand insight and experience
SmartMeter™
Education Center, Pacific Gas & Electric, CA, USA
Hosted by: PG&E’s SmartMeter™ education center is a showcase for PG&E’s new SmartMeter technology. The center provides a
hands-on view of the system’s near-term (3-5 years) capabilities from three perspectives: the customer, the customer
service agent, and the SmartMeter system operator.

 Tuesday 29 August 2006

Opening / keynote session: Overview of the smart metering initiatives
Chairman: Bob Warden, Marketing Manager, Echelon, CA, USA

9:00 – 9:30 am
Welcome address
Thomas Bottorff, Senior Vice President Regulatory Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric, CA, USA
9:30 – 10:00 am
The California business case framework for advanced metering
Roger Levy, CEO, Levy Associates, CA, USA
10:00 – 10:30 am
Ontario’s Smart Meter Initiative – A Case Study
Michael Angemeer, Chair, Electricity Distributors Association, ON, Canada

 Smart metering case studies: Pilots and projects
Chairman: Matthew Zafuto, WW Solutions Offering Executive, IBM Global Energy and Utilities Industry, CO, USA

10:50 – 11:20 am
Benefits of smart metering for customers
Karen Blackmore, Program Director, Energy Insights, MA, USA
11:20 am – 11:50 pm
SDG&E plan for advanced meters
Ted Reguly, Director, AMI Program Office, SDG&E, CA, USA
11:50 – 12:20 pm
A kilowatt saved has greater benefit than a kilowatt generated
Tom Tamarkin, President & CEO, USCL Corporation, CA, USA
12:20 – 12:50 pm
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s SmartMeter™ program
Jana Corey, Director AMI Initiatives, Pacific Gas & Electric, CA, USA

Considerations for smart metering
Chairman: Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group, CA, USA

1:40 – 2:10 pm
Smart Meters or Dumb Meters?
Hugh Patrick, Senior Product Manager, Elster Electricity, LLC, NC, USA

2:10 – 2:40 pm
Putting AMI In A Regulatory Context
Eric Ackerman, Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy, Edison Electric Institute, DC, USA

2:40 – 3:10 pm
Financing public water and wastewater systems
Robert Doty, President, American Governmental Financial Services, CA, USA

3:30 – 5:30 pm
 

Considerations for smart metering: technologies

Smart metering case studies: Pilots and projects
Chairman: Matthew Zafuto, WW Solutions Offering Executive, IBM Global Energy and Utilities Industry, CO, USA

Vendor showcases: Latest smart metering technologies for an advanced metering infrastructure. Hear about the
latest technologies on offer from leading manufacturers of smart metering products

Wednesday 30 August 2006

Smart networks and AMI
Chairman: Eric Ackerman, Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy, Edison Electric Institute, DC, USA

9:00 – 9:30 am
The Sleeper that may derail a solid AMI business case: Depreciation
Stephen Hadden, Vice President, Plexus Research, MA, USA

9:30 – 10:00
AMI at a major municipal utility
Stephen Nees, Technology Development Manager, Anaheim Public Utilities, CA, USA

10:00 – 10:30 am
Advanced metering at the tipping point: A market overview
Matt Lecar, Director Utility Practice, GlobalSmartEnergy, WA, USA
10:30 – 11:00 am
Meters as a network; the use of IP networking and the internet in smart metering systems
Jennifer Hassani, Marketing Director, Triacta Power Technologies, ON, Canada

Demand response management and smart metering
Chairman: Jerry Utecht, Solutions Specialist, Itron, CA, USA

11:30 – 12:00 pm
International case-study: Harnessing smart metering for Kyoto compliance
Jeffrey H. Michel, Energy Engineer and researcher, Heuersdorf, Germany
12:00 – 12:30 pm
Integrating the concepts of gridWise, IntelliGrid, OpenAMI and California advanced metering requirements
Kevin Wood, AMI Program, System Design Manager, Southern California Edison, CA, USA
12:30 – 1:00 pm
The Future of Innovative Pricing Programs
Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group, CA, USA

Smart metering and smart pricing
Chairman: Joseph Hughes, Senior Project Manager, Metering, EPRI, CA, USA

2:00 – 2:30pm
Dynamic pricing and real time pricing strategies
Todd Williams, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, ON, Canada
2:30 – 3:00 pm
California’s statewide pricing pilot: Lessons learned
David Hungerford, Demand Response Evaluation Manager, California Energy Commission, CA, USA
3:00 – 4:00pm
Closing think tank panel discussion: The way forward
Since there has been little experience in the wide-scale use of these meters in North America, how will implementers, regulators, utilities and vendors cope with the challenges ahead?

Moderator: Joseph Hughes, Senior Project Manager, Metering, EPRI, CA, USA

Panelists

  • Arun Sehgal, Product Line Manager, OpenWay, Itron, WA, USA