The Smart Grids Africa seminar and executive forum being held from July 28-30, 2008 is sponsored by leading technology and IT vendors, including HP, Cisco and SAP. Other companies include BPL Africa, Power Meter Technologies, IMS and Ilangatech.
The event consists of a 2-day executive forum, which defines the smart grid for Africa, looking at infrastructure requirements and technologies available, and transforming the ‘dumb grid’ to a ‘smart grid’.
The intensive 2-day seminar is lead by international utility expert Doug Houseman, who chairs the Smart Energy Alliance and is the principal at Capgemini.
Houseman has spent over 30 years in the utility and consulting industries. He has worked in all facets of the utility industry, starting as a lineman in the 1970s and working his way up to manager of a 300,000 customer multi-commodity utility that had water, gas, and electricity in all its forms.
Houseman has worked on six continents with utilities such as EdF, E.On, Sempra, HydroOne, TXU, FP&L, Energy Australia, Singapore Power, and Exelon on a number of issues. An engineer by training, he has a technical as well as a business understanding of how utilities work. He is comfortable in the board room giving advice, talking to regulators and working in the field with linemen. His background includes nuclear, coal, gas and wind generation. He is also the lead investigator for the CEATI “Electric Distribution Roadmap 2025” and is involved in many industry groups include the IEEE PES emerging technology working group, as well as AMI-SEC.