Commissioner Philip B. Jones will discuss Washington statewide regulatory issues at Smart Metering West Coast 2008.

Appointed by Governor Gregoire in March 2005 and confirmed unanimously by the State Senate, Commissioner Jones is a member of the International Relations and Telecommunications Committee of NARUC. On the Telecommunications Committee, he has served on the Task Forces of Intercarrier Compensation and ETC Designations, and currently serves as its chair of Federal Legislation. Jones has been appointed to serve on the Federal Advisory Council of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). He is vice chair of the Washington Action Committee. Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years.

From 1978 to 1981, Jones served as director of the State of Ohio’s office in Tokyo, Japan, which coordinated the state’s activities in Asia to promote direct investment in Ohio (e.g., the Honda Motor Company) and promote exports to the Asian region. After leaving Japan, he directed the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University that is housed in the Center for International Affairs.

From 1983–1988 he served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel J. Evans, the former U.S. Senator from Washington State, and staffed him on energy policy issues, and for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as international trade policy. He was responsible for a broad range of energy issues, including hydroelectric re-licensing, nuclear waste management, energy conservation and renewables, and the Bonneville Power Administration.

Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Harvard College with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies. He is fluent in Japanese, and has a working knowledge of Chinese and Swedish.

Smart Metering West Coast takes place on August 18–19, in Seattle, WA.

Topic highlights for Smart Metering West Coast 2008 will include:

  • Reviewing the policy, regulatory, technology and commercial drivers for smart metering
  • Realizing smart grid and smart meter communication options and strategic integration issues
  • Investigating the strategies, standards and systems behind smart meter data management
  • Assessing smart pricing options, and exploring the role of advanced metering in the evolution to an intelligent grid.

For more information or to submit your abstract, please contact Ryan Matthews ryan.matthews@spintelligent.com