The first Smart Grids Latin America conference will take place in Santiago, Chile from November 26–27, 2008, under the theme “The smart grid road map for Latin America: Towards an efficient and secure power supply”. The event is hosted by the local electricity utility, Chilectra, and sponsored by BPL Latin America.

Utilities worldwide are embracing a “smart grid” vision for the future, leveraging new infrastructure to improve asset management and optimize resource planning.

The purpose of the Smart Grids Latin America conference is to sensitize Latin American utilities, regulators, consultants and vendors to the huge changes taking place globally in the utilities power delivery markets, and to understand the future impact these changes will have both nationally and within the region.

Smart Grids Latin America will look at the steps that would need to be taken to transition the existing power delivery assets into a next generation system and the additional benefits that could be realized from this, such as better revenue protection, improved maintenance of the network, outage management systems, optimized resource planning, advanced energy management, etc.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Business case: Drivers, vision, concepts, cost and benefits of a smart grid
  • Regulation
  • Finance and investment
  • Case studies
  • Architectures
  • Grid automation and intelligent control
  • Loop automation
  • Monitoring
  • Metering, AMR, AMI, AMM
  • Fault detection in the network
  • Losses control
  • Communications
  • Interoperability
  • Standards for communications protocols
  • DER and microgrids
  • Distributed generation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Demand response.

Should you wish to participate with a workshop or as a speaker, please submit your abstract of up to 500 words before August 4, 2008 to Emmanuelle Nicholls, Project Manager: emmanuelle.nicholls@spintelligent.com