Smart Energy International will be hosting a pre-conference workshop in Cape Town, South Africa on 20 May 2008. Smart Metering MBA & the Smart Grid economy: Emerging business models and opportunities, presented by Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, USA, will give an introduction on what Smart Metering is and what components are involved. This workshop will give insight on why utilities are implementing Smart Metering and explain the benefits thereof. Scenarios will be given and case studies on the deployment of Smart Metering projects will be showcased.
A review will be given of new models that are already apparent including retail electricity, negaWatts (demand response), micro-grids and grid independence. Trends still on the horizon, including advanced command and control, consumer portals/dashboards and "designer electricity" (consumer choice as rich as that in the telecomm space) will also be addressed. All attendees will be provided with a Smart Grid checklist.