Jim Cherrie is the director of Edison SmartConnect™, Southern California Edison’s (SCE) award winning program to replace the company’s 5.3 million electricity meters with “smart” meters that will enable customers to better manage their energy use and SCE to better manage its electricity grid.

His responsibilities include product development, contract management, quality management, and field deployment.

Edison SmartConnect™ could be the information backbone for technologies that measure usage and power quality, and enable dynamic pricing and demand response. The project is leveraging commercially available components by using open designs for both the metering and communications devices to provide a long-lived, flexible and sustainable technology platform. Open design facilitates the present day and future technology developments in home connectivity, distribution grid intelligence, and distributed generation, all of which could leverage the advanced metering infrastructure technology.

Expected to cost more than $1 billion and to take 4 years to complete, the Edison SmartConnect™ program is a major undertaking expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California while contributing to a more reliable power grid.

Cherrie joined SCE in 2007. Previously, he worked for seven years with Sempra Energy, most recently as vice president of marketing for Sempra Energy Solutions. Before that he held several management positions with Scottish Power, where he worked for over 20 years. His background includes managing industry alliances, product development, technology management, quality management, program management, customer service, marketing, transmission, and distribution.

Cherrie holds an MBA with distinction from Dundee Business School in the UK.

Smart Metering West Coast 2008 will take place from August 18–19, 2008 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