The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is going to be play host to the utility metering and customer management industry’s movers and shakers. Smart Energy International magazine’s Metering, Billing/CIS America kicks off with two high-level keynote addresses from Dave O'Brien, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation, and Debra Reed, President and CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas.

Following this, an esteemed panel of industry execs will discuss why today’s smart utility executives are concerned about the utility landscape of tomorrow and why they are taking AMI and smart metering decisions to the boardroom. Participants in this panel include:

  • David Harkness, Vice President and CIO, PNM Resources, NM
  • Jim Jones, Vice President and CIO, GR Energy, MN
  • Donna LeClair, Chief Technology Officer, B.C. Hydro, Canada
  • Michael Oldak, Senior Director, State Competitive & Regulatory Polices, Edison Electric Institute, DC

Now in its 9th year, Metering, Billing/CIS America gives participants a unique opportunity to learn, connect, explore and gain the edge in the metering and customer-end technology sector. The event will attract approximately 600 industry participants, 100 high-level speakers and 50 exhibitors. The audience includes a cross-section of North American and international electricity, water and gas utilities, who will give strategic and technological insight for advanced/smart metering, AMI, demand response management and customer management for North American utilities.

The forum will capture the stories behind the increasing complexities involved in the customer-end technology sector. It is designed specifically for utility professionals to learn from their peers how to approach process improvements, solution integration and vendor partnerships as a means to improve the metering, billing and customer management function overall, while providing direction for the future. The event also allows for ample opportunities to network and for informal discussion.

2008 sponsors include San Diego Gas & Electric (host utility), Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric (participating utilities), ista North America, Echelon, Elster, Oracle, Trilliant, Certicom, MeterSmart, and Sensus, and will feature an exhibition showcasing the latest technologies on offer.

Visit www.meteringamerica.com to register or to view the full program