The program brochure for Smart Grids Africa, which takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 28-30, 2008, is now available for download online.

Smart Grids Africa features a two-day seminar, Smart Grid 101 on developing a roadmap for African utilities, as well as a conference with international case studies.

The seminar will be led by Doug Houseman, who has spent over 30 years in the utility and consulting industries. He has worked in all facets of the utility industry, starting as a lineman in the 1970s and working his way up to manager of a 300,000 customer multi-commodity utility that had water, gas, and electricity in all its forms. Houseman has worked on six continents with utilities on a number of issues. An engineer by training, he has a technical as well as a business understanding of how utilities work. He is comfortable in the board room giving advice, talking to regulators and working in the field with the linemen. His background includes nuclear, coal, gas and wind generation. He is also the lead investigator for the CEATI “Electric Distribution Roadmap 2025” and is involved in many industry groups include the IEEE PES emerging technology working group, as well as AMI-SEC. Companies that Houseman has worked with include EdF, E.On, Sempra, HydroOne, TXU, FP&L, Energy Australia, Singapore Power, and Exelon.

To download the program brochure or to find out more about this event, please go to www.smart-energy.com/smartgridsafrica.

For more information about Smart Grids Africa and the program, please contact Julia Barton-Hill: Julia.barton-hill@spintelligent.com