Vice-Minister Chávez to address energy crisis at high-level utility meeting in Bogota in April


Colombian Vice-Minister of Mines and Energy Silvana Giaimo Chavez heads up an impressive list of energy and utility experts who will discuss smart strategies that will transform the future of the utility landscape in the Central American and Caribbean region in Bogota in April.  Metering Central America & Caribbean 2010 is a high-level strategic and technical conference and exhibition which takes place from April 20-21, 2010.

“We are thrilled that the minister will share her vision with us in Bogota in April, in fact we are just so gratified that the Colombian government is supporting this event at such a high level”, says Emmanuelle Nicholls, conference director of Metering Central America & Caribbean 2010.   Minister Chávez delivers the keynote address during the opening session on April 20, with the theme:  “Energy crisis and sustainable development in the region: The place for new smart technologies.”  Furthermore, Andres Taboada, the Energy director of the Mines and Energy Ministry, will also chair the regulatory session on the same day.

Another highlight of the conference is the panel discussion during the opening session:  “Why are utilities, governments and the industry taking the direction they are?”  during which utility executives will discuss the realities of running their utilities as a commercial enterprise and the utility business models and cases which have enabled them to justify ROI and fund investments in “smart” technologies like prepayment, AMI, smart grid, billing and CRM infrastructures. 

The moderator is Pablo Corredor, General Manager, XM and President of COCIER, Colombia and the panelists include:

  • Oscar Armijos Gonzalez-Rubio, General Manager, Electrica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Ronald Azofeifa, General Manager, JASEC, Costa Rica
  • José Inostroza Lopez, General Manager, Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana Macao (CEPM), Dominican Republic
  • Jorge Enrique Pizano, Chief Executive Officer, Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Bogota, Colombia
  • Jaime Vargas, Commercial Manager, Codensa, Colombia

According to Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of Smart Energy International, a leading industry magazine and host publication to the event, utilities in Central America and the Caribbean, like their counterparts across the world, are increasingly looking to advanced metering and smart grids as they seek to improve efficiencies and reduce losses as well as lay the foundation for their future development and that of the region. “Regulation, standards, financing, and the relationship with customers are all key considerations, along with integration with other utility technologies and systems”, says Jonathan Spencer Jones,”  “and with a positive business outlook ahead, Metering Central America & Caribbean provides a timely platform to develop strategies for fast-tracking utility intelligence from the meter to the grid for utilities in Central America and the Caribbean”.

More top-level speakers include:

  • José Inostroza Lopez, General Manager, Consorcio Energetico, Punta Cana Macao (CEPM), Dominican Republic
  • Jose Canilo Manzur, Director, Asocodis, Colombia
  • José Ignacio Romero, Profesional Jefe Laboratorio de Metrología, Promigas, Colombia
  • Marcelo Fornaziero de Medeiros, Operational Development and Metering Department Manager, SABESP, Brazil
  • Charles Morris, Director, Cognyst International, Colombia
  • David Robinson, Principal, The Brattle Group, Spain
  • Juan José Ccarhuarupay Atapaucar, Large Clients Division, Edenorte, Dominican Republic
  • Ismael Esteban Ossa Valencia, Analyst, ISA, Colombia
  • Luis Fernando Rust, Metrology and Quality Senior Specialist – Computer Science, Inmetro, Brazil

Metering Central America & Caribbean 2010 is also expected to provide the perfect springboard for smart metering technology vendors to enter this lucrative and mostly untapped market.  Some of the leading technology companies involved in Metering Central America & Caribbean 2010:  ELO, Iusa, Aclara, Itron, Primestone, Conlog, Landis+Gyr and Osisoft.

For more information regarding Metering Central America & Caribbean 2010, the program or to organize interviews with speakers, please contact:
Conference Producer:  Emmanuelle Nicholls      
Phone:  888 559 8017 / +27 21 700 3500 (International) EXT: 3520
Fax: 413 487 6276 / +27 21 700 3501 (International)
Event website:

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Carrera 10 No. 26-21
Tequendama Bogotá, Colombia
Phone: +57 1 302 0300