High-level speakers at SMART metering event in Dubai in May


The CEO of Saudi Arabia’s Electricity Company, Ali Saleh Al Barrak, will head up a distinguished list of “smart speakers” at the Smart Grids and Smart Metering Middle East 2009 conferences on 4 – 6 May 2009 in Dubai, UAE. Globally it is becoming clear that the smart grid will be one of the networks of the future and that utilities are turning their attention to the smart grid as a tool for energy monitoring and management. The meter is also seen as a key component of the energy management infrastructure.

Smart Grids and Smart Metering Middle East 2009 will showcase new trends and technologies and the latest and biggest industry names for the utilities industry in the Middle East.

Other international experts and industry-elite speakers that will address delegates in Dubai are:

  • Mohamed Helmy, Chief Executive Officer, BPL Global Middle East, Kuwait
  • Ali Mouslmani, Regional Director, Elster Electricity L.L.C, Dubai, UAE
  • Pier Nabuurs, Chief Executive Officer, KEMA Consulting, The Netherlands
  • Salam Zagha, General Manager, Northern Electricity Distribution Co (NEDCO), Nablus, Palestine

Middle East Energy Challenges
“The rate of real estate development in the Middle East today is placing utilities under increasing pressure to monitor energy consumption in a cost-efficient way”, says Nicholas McDiarmid, Editor of Smart Energy International, the publication that is hosting the event.  He adds that:  “the Middle East is facing its own energy challenges and utilities across the region are rapidly to Smart Energy technologies, including Smart Meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure and energy management systems to both realise the benefits of Smart Metering as well as to enhance energy efficiency”.

Even the wealthiest of the economies, such as Saudi Arabia is finding it extremely difficult to continue making large scale investments in their power sector. In 2005 Saudi Arabia and other countries such as Lebanon, Qatar and Yemen encountered major power shortage. Not surprisingly, the less wealthy countries are finding it more difficult to manage their power shortages by expanding supply.

A truly smart grid infrastructure
Smart Grids and Smart Metering Middle East 2009 will showcase how the smart grid will offer smart meter features which will allow both users and utilities to utilise information about usage, supply and real time price, as well as allowing them to better manage energy use both from an end user and a supply perspective.

Delegates will have an opportunity to hear from a group of over 40 industry-elite speakers that will take an in depth look at the current challenges being faced by utilities concerning the achievement of a truly smart grid infrastructure. Regulatory policy, business case rationale and systems integration issues affecting the achievement of a smart grid will be discussed in light of attaining maximum benefits from the implementation of a genuine smart grid infrastructure within distribution.

The programme’s specific focus area will be on smart metering, utilities’ future requirements, AMR, the role of prepayment within the smart grid, new technologies for the next generation distribution utility and much more.

Smart Energy International Excellence Awards – Middle East 2009

The winners of the Smart Energy International awards programme will also be announced during the conferences.  The Smart Energy International Excellence Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the Middle East’s utilities sector in three categories:  Leadership, Metering Project and Metering Technology.

For more information, for media accreditation or interviews with speakers contact:
Devi Paulsen
Email: devi.paulsen@spintelligent.com
Phone: 888 559 8017 / EXT: 3516
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Web: www.smart-energy.com/sgme