The combination of smart metering and the intelligent grid is transforming the energy landscape for utilities and their customers, with new ways of measuring and managing supply and use across the grid and into homes and businesses. With these essential changes and monumental questions facing the utility industry, Smart Energy International magazine presents the third annual Smart Metering West Coast conference, taking place August 18 – 19, 2008 in Seattle, WA.

To accommodate the challenges utilities face in 2008, Smart Metering West Coast will include Smart Grids West Coast, a separate dedicated track focusing on the evolution of the intelligent grid.

Pioneering technologies will open the way for improved reliability and enhanced operational efficiency. Meet with interstate stakeholders, national industry experts and local utilities to debate the future of smart metering and the smart grid.

Hear from the following speakers on the content packed program:

  • Hugh Baker, President, MeterSmart, TX    
  • Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, WA
  • Jim Cherrie, Director, Product Management & Deployment, Edison SmartConnect, Southern California Edison, CA
  • Fran Couzens, Director, IT Customer Applications, UniSource Energy, AZ
  • Leona Doege, Demand Response Manager, Avista Utilities, WA
  • Eric Dresselhuys, Vice President of Marketing, SilverSpring Networks, CA
  • Rik Drummond, Principal, Drummond Group & Chair of GridWise Architecture Council, TX
  • Dave Elve, Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Principal Consultant, Enspiria Solutions, GA
  • Conrad Eustis, Director, Retail Technology Development, Portland General Electric, OR
  • Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group, CA
  • Terry Gifford, Engineer, Tacoma Power, WA
  • J.D. Hammerly, Executive Vice President, Energy Infrastructure, Battelle Seattle Research Center, WA
  • Peter Honebein, Managing Member, Customer Performance Group, NV
  • Frank Hoss, Principal, Capgemini Global Utility Practice, TX
  • Brent Hughes, President, MBH Consulting, "Retired" Manager Revenue Metering, BC Hydro, Canada
  • Joe Hughes, Senior Technical Manager, Power Delivery System, EPRI, CA
  • Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, WA
  • Don Kopczynski, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations, Avista Utilities, WA
  • Matt Lecar, Fund Manager, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, CA
  • Martín Maqueda, Research Director, Energy Efficiency Department, Mexican Electric Research Institute, Mexico
  • Patrick Mazza, Research Director, Customer Solutions, WA
  • Jim Meadows, Director, SmartMeter Program, PG&E, CA
  • Terry Mohn, Technology Strategist, SDG&E, CA
  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Officer, Bonneville Power Authority, WA
  • Lisa Schwartz, Senior Analyst, Oregon Public Utility Commission, OR
  • Forrest Small, Director,  Renewable & Distributed Energy, Navigant Consulting, MA
  • John Stafford, Business Development Manager, Sensus Metering Systems, PA
  • Tim Stearns, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington CTED Energy Policy Division, WA
  • Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development Specialist, Itron, WA
  • Martin Travers, President, Telecommunications Division, Black & Veatch, KS
  • Bert Valdman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Energy, WA
  • Daniel Violette, Principal, Strategy Practice, Summit Blue Consulting, CO
  • Joel Westvold, Director, AMI, Portland General Electric, OR
  • Hear from the industry’s smartest speakers during the two-day, content-packed conference sessions
  • Share your thoughts, ideas and experiences during the interactive panel discussions
  • Gain further insight into the most recent smart grid developments
  • Engage directly with key stakeholders at the networking functions
  • Learn what new technologies are being deployed from leading technology providers.

For more information please go to www.smart-energy.com/westcoast or contact Ryan Matthews ryan.matthews@spintelligent.com