Industry-wide call for papers: Smart Metering East Coast 2008


Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday, July 11, 2008

Smart Energy International magazine invites you to present your ideas and experiences at Smart Metering East Coast 2008.

The Smart Metering East Coast 2008 program has been developed to provide a forum that identifies, discusses and forecasts developments in the industry. Top-level speakers from all key industry stakeholders will present their views using case studies, in-depth presentations and on interactive panels.

The target audience includes:

  • AMR / Smart metering and metering project directors / managers / supervisors
  • AMI directors / managers / supervisors
  • Smart Grid directors / managers / project supervisors
  • Data and MDM directors / managers / supervisors
  • Revenue protection and assurance directors / managers / supervisors
  • CEOs, CIOs, CTOs
  • IT professionals within utilities (senior and mid-management)
  • Customer services people within utilities (senior and mid-management)
  • Commercial people within utilities
  • Vendors of billing, CRM/CIS products and solutions
  • Vendors of metering products and solutions.
  • Consultants
  • Meter service providers
  • Demand response directors / managers / supervisors
  • Financial directors / managers / supervisors
  • Regulatory affairs directors / managers / supervisors
  • Tariff / pricing professionals within utilities and regulators.
  • Academics with an interest in utilities IT and/or metering
  • Associations and the media
  • Energy service providers / Energy marketers
  • Venture capitalists.

We invite all those interested in:

  • presenting a paper
  • participating in a think-tank/panel discussion
  • becoming a participating association or media partner
  • sponsoring the conference

to submit your proposals now.

Please see below for all information pertaining to the submission of abstracts. Diarize the dates, allocate the budget and make certain that you are in Raleigh, NC, in October 2008!

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Matthews at phone: 888 559 8017 (US) +27 21 700 3535 (international), or on

General information

Presenting a paper
Presenters are asked to submit an extended abstract (400 to 800 words) by Friday, July 11, 2008 via e-mail. The abstracts will then be reviewed by a Reviewing Committee and presenters will be informed regarding acceptance on or before Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to submit your full paper and your presentation slides according to a format that will be sent to you. Accepted abstracts, papers and presentations will be published in the proceedings.

Presentations can take two standard formats:
Regular presentation: Spaced 30 minutes apart on the schedule, with approximately 25 minutes spent on the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Most presentations will be in this format.
Panel discussion: These last for one hour, with approximately 40 minutes spent on introducing the panelists and presentation of their views, and 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Panelists should be experts in the specialized field to be discussed, which should be relevant to conference attendees. If you would like to organize and lead a panel discussion, then please submit an abstract containing the agenda, and listing your panelists as co-authors.

Paper topics
The following is a list of suggested topics for your papers. This is just to get you thinking. You are welcome to come up with a topic that has not been listed.

  • Business cases, AMR/AMI strategic planning, and implementation strategies
  • Challenges and promises in meter technology
  • Customer and data presentment tools
  • A customer perspective on smart meters
  • Residential demand side management
  • Smart meter deployment case study
  • Next generation smart metering systems
  • Smart grid system case studies
  • Residential real-time pricing
  • AMI and environmental sustainability
  • Remote connect/disconnect capabilities
  • AMI and demand response
  • AMR business drivers and deployment
  • Smart meters and smart grid communications options and issues
  • Flexibility and cost savings in customer service
  • Motivating demand response: how to sell to the end-user
  • Secure, intelligent, interoperable metering and customer communications
  • Harnessing the power of the intelligent grid to innovate/enhance efficiency and reliability of utilities
  • Leveraging smart meters for a smart grid.

Submission guidelines

  • When making a submission, please ensure that:
  • Abstracts are written in English
  • Abstracts do not exceed one letter-size page
  • Each abstract contains full contact and designation details of the speaker
  • The session for which the abstract is being submitted is indicated
  • The abstract has not been presented before
  • The abstract and presentation is of a non-commercial nature; sales pitches will not be accepted.

As the author you commit yourself to presenting the paper at the event should the abstract be selected by the Reviewing Committee. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.

Sponsoring opportunities  
A sponsorship of Smart Metering East Coast is an ideal way to position your company as a market leader at this premier event. By sponsoring you will showcase your brand optimally and generate great brand awareness.

Contact Neil Borthwick for additional information:,
phone 888 559 8017 (US), +27 21 700 3538 (international); fax 413 487 6276 (US), +27 21 700 3501 (international).

Participating association/media partner opportunities
A number of leading international and national media and associations will be supporting the event. For those wishing to be involved in the event please contact Roshenda Barendilla:, phone 888 559 8017 (US), +27 21 700 3506 (international); fax 413 487 6276 (US), +27 21 700 3501 (international).