Dubai, U.A.E. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 18, 2011 - Regional power utilities, regulators and other energy experts will gather in Dubai from October 23-25 for the annual Smart Energy Middle East conference and exhibition to compare and share strategies to implement and manage smart energy networks.

Says Loubna Aghzafi, portfolio director of the event: “In a global move designed to serve the industry even more efficiently, we are proud to announce the move to tackle the system of all systems through this gathering. The keynote addresses and case studies will focus on the three pillars of smart energy: energy sustainability, operational excellence and customer engagement. The topics to be addressed as part of these pillars will be delivered through a series of lessons learnt, deployment success stories, future strategies for the regions, demand response management, AMI, and how to build the smart grid of the future.”

AMI
An AMI seminar will take place during the Smart Energy Middle East event on Sunday, October 23 in Dubai. The seminar, which will presented by Dr Howard Scott, managing director of Cognyst International, will provide an introduction to advanced metering, including AMR and taking the next step to AMI and smart metering. Case studies will also be presented to demonstrate lessons learnt from global utilities.

Water meter seminar
Water utilities in the Middle East are also presented with a unique seminar designed to define a consistent approach to managing, conserving and measuring water in a cost effective and realistic way. The Middle East Water Meter Seminar hosts an exclusive workshop on October 25 for participants to make informed purchasing decisions and efficient use of smart water metering. The keynote address will be presented by H.E. Eng Khaldon Khashman, Secretary General of ACWUA and the workshop will be facilitated by Jeremy Heath, network manager of Sutton & East Surrey Water, UK.

Metering awards
During Smart Energy Middle East, utilities and projects that have caught the attention of the wider international smart energy community for their innovation and quality, will be honored with the announcement of the third annual Metering International Excellence Awards. Nominations are now open.  

Nomination categories are:
1. Smart Energy Excellence 2011 Award: This award will go to a utility that can demonstrate the sustainability in its deployment of smart systems such as a sustainable grid, communications systems, command and control.
2. Smart Utility 2011 Award: This award will go to the utility that has demonstrated best practices in the transformation to a smart utility. This could be in terms of successful smart metering deployments or smart grid projects.
3. Smart Technology Innovation 2011 Award: This award will go to the company leading the way with an innovative technology, helping the industry to move forward. This can be in terms of smart metering, billing and customer management.

Deadline for submission is September 25, 2011.

For more information and to register for Smart Energy Middle East 2011, visit www.smartgridsme.com.