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Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 13 May 2013

Metering communication technologies

Metering Installation and
Safety

09h30 - 09h45

Introduction to metering communication technologies
Michael Rhode, Chief Electrical Engineer, Drakenstein Municipality, South Africa

09h30 - 11h30

The metering value chain
Rajesh Bansal, VP: Meter Management and Energy Audit, BSES Reliance, India

09h45 - 10h30

PLC communications
Len Schaller, Prepayment (Smart Payment) Technology, Itron, Southern & Eastern Africa
Pieter Conradie, R&D Specialist, Itron, South Africa

10h30 - 11h30

Radio mesh communications
Peter Vestergren Åkesen, Solution Manager: Metering Systems Division, Kamstrup, Denmark 

11h30 - 14h00

Zigbee
Gerhard Wilsnach, General Manager: Innovation & Development, Powertech System Integrators (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

11h30 - 14h00

Electricity meter installation and installation verification
Helena Snyman & Sydney Bhengu, Elster Kent Metering, South Africa

14h00 - 15h30

Metering Communication Technologies: IT enablement for the Utilities Sector in Africa
Prasenjit Sinha, Senior Manager, Enterprise Products & Services, MTN, South Africa 

14h00 - 15h30

Meter maintenance
Harold Hayes, Chief Technical Officer, Landis+Gyr, South Africa

15h30 - 16h30

Pros and cons of various technologies
Michael Rhode, Chief Electrical Engineer, Drakenstein Municipality, South Africa

15h30 - 16h30

Open discussion

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Opening/Keynote session
Session 1.0.1

09h30 - 09h50

Welcome and keynote
Brian Dames, CEO, Eskom, South Africa

09h50 - 10h10

Keynote address
Minister Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa

10h10 - 10h30

Meeting Africa’s Power Challenges
Anton Eberhard, Professor, Graduate School of Business, South Africa

10h30 - 11h00

Universal Access for All
Glenn Hodes, Senior Programme Manager, Africa Carbon Asset Development Facility, Denmark

11h00 - 11h30

Panel discussion: Addressing Africa’s energy needs – where do we begin?

  • Anton Eberhard, Professor, Graduate School of Business, South Africa
  • Glenn Hodes, Senior Programme Manager, Africa Carbon Asset Development Facility, Denmark
  • Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar, Director, Zayed Future Energy Prize, Abu Dhabi

Smart metering challenges

13h30 - 14h30

Debate: The business case for and against smart metering in Africa

Speaking For Smart Metering

Speaking Against Smart Metering

14h30 - 15h00

Standards and Interoperability – enabling smart meter integration and harmonisation with STS
Don Taylor, National Convenor: IEC joint TC57/TC13 Working Group 16 , South Africa
Franco Pucci, Founding Member, STS Association, South Africa

Smart metering strategy and implementation

15h45 - 16h30

A blueprint for smart metering roll-out
Ihab Mokhles, Products & Services Manager – MEA, Iskraemeco, Egypt

16h30 - 17h15

Meter data analytics
Rajesh Bansal, VP – Meter Management & Energy Audit, BSES Reliance, India

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Leveraging AMI technology

09h00 - 09h30

Delivering successful smart metering projects: lessons from the rest of the world
Alain Bollack, Director at Global Power & Utilities Centre, Ernst & Young, South Africa
Eduard Stephenson, Associate Director, Ernst & Young, South Africa

09h30 - 10h00

The benefits of electronic 160A direct connect complex meters for utilities
Jabulani Ngobese, Key Accounts & New Business Development Manager, Elster Kent Metering, South Africa

Revenue protection and prepaid metering

11h15 - 11h45

The role of prepayment metering in revenue protection
Dave Tarr, Product Manager, Landis+Gyr, South Africa

11h45 - 12h15

City of Tshwane’s AMI programme
Phuti Mabotja, Integrator Smart Grid Initiatives, City of Tshwane, South Africa

12h15 - 12h45

Optimization of automated data collection for billing and load management in Smart Metering, especially high residential and low commercial segments
Imraan Mohamed, Marketing Manager Southern & Eastern Africa, Itron, South Africa

Closing session
Session 2.0.1

14h00 - 14h30

Maintenance as a utility imperative
Deon Louw, Overstrand Municipality, South Africa

14h30 - 15h00

Combating vandalism in utilities
Eng. Benson Muriithi, Chief Manager Distribution: Kenya Power