The event will bring together an expected 600 key decision-makers from the North American utility industry for a host of activities including workshops, conferences, training, lectures, networking and a trade show. This unique platform will provide strategic insights on the technologies and trends allowing utilities to METER THE SMART GRID FOR THE SMART CUSTOMER.    

"Metering, Billing/CIS America is a solutions-oriented event,” says Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of Metering International magazine. “It is intentionally interdisciplinary, so as to foster systems thinking, unique networking opportunities and solutions for utility executives to gather in a focused and integrated forum.”

The multi-track program enables attendees to match their information and learning needs with sessions dedicated to:

  • Regulatory issues (WHY?)
  • Transitory issues (HOW?)
  • Dedicated water track
  • Smart sessions: Themed daybreak meetings, facilitating debate
  • Home Area Networks (HAN) pre-conference seminar
  • AMI Star Wars: Featuring issues around cyber-security and data privacy.

The forum will capture the stories behind the increasing complexities involved in the customer-end technology sector. It is designed specifically for utility professionals to learn from their peers how to approach process improvements, solution integration and vendor partnerships as a means to improve the metering, billing and customer management function overall, while providing direction for the future. The event also allows for ample opportunities to network and for informal discussion.

The trade show, featuring a host of major exhibitors and suppliers, will be held from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday April 21, 2008 and from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday April 22, 2008.  Invited buyers attending the show include operational and procurement professionals who fulfill metering and customer management functions within electricity, gas and water utilities, municipalities and cooperatives, including:

  • AMR/smart metering and metering project directors/managers/supervisors
  • AMI directors/managers/supervisors
  • Data and MDM directors/managers/supervisors
  • Revenue protection and assurance directors/managers/supervisors.
  • IT professionals within utilities (senior and mid-management)
  • Customer services people within utilities (senior and mid-management)
  • Commercial people within utilities
  • Consultants
  • Vendors of billing, CRM/CIS products and solutions
  • CEOs, CIOs, CTOs.

Whether you are an industry veteran, or a newcomer to this exciting field, interaction with other attendees at Metering, Billing/CIS America is key to advancing your business interests. Companies you will meet at the event this year include:

Alclaratech  NIPSCO Industries  Edison Electric Institute 
American Water Co  Olameter Corporation  EG Utility International A/S 
Apogee Interactive Inc  Oncor Electric Delivery  EGW Systems Inc. 
Applied Energy Group  Ontario Energy Association  Elster Electricity LLC 
Automated Energy  Oracle Utilities  eMeter Strategic Consulting 
Avista Utilities;Demand Side Management  Pacific Gas & Electric Company  Energy Central (WBC) 
Azusa Light & Water Dept  Padre Dam Municipal Water District  Energy ICT 
Badger Meter Inc  PCN Technology  Enernex 
BC Hydro  PNM Resources  EnerNex Corporation 
Belmont Municipality Light Department  Portland (OR) Water Bureau  Enspiria Solutions 
Bryan Texas Utilities  Portland General Electric Company  Entergy Corporation 
California Center for Sustainable Energy (SDREO)  PPL Electric Utilities  EPRI 
California Energy Commission  Principal Plexus Research  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;Office of Markets 
California Urban Water Conservation Council  R.W. Beck/Plexus  Global Smart Energy 
Capgemini  Rappahannock Electric Coop  Good Cents Solutions 
Capgemini (USA)  Regis-Breitingen  Great River Energy 
CenterPoint Energy  Rich Consulting  Greater Cincinnati Water Works 
City of Alexandria  RouteSmart Technologies Inc.  Grid Net. Inc. 
City of Carlsbad California Water Department  Sacramento Municipal Utility District SMUD  Gruner AG 
City of Dayton Water  Salt River Project Power District  Hitachi 
City Of Houston  San Diego Gas & Eletric  HP 
City of Mesa  SAP America  Infosys Technologies Ltd 
City of Ottawa  Saskatoon  Ista North America 
City of Philadelphia/WRB  Sempra Global  Itron 
City of Philladelphia  Sensus Metering Systems  Itron Inc. Corporate Headquarters 
City of San Diego  Siemens Canada Limited  JEA 
City of San Luis Obispo  Silicon Valley Power/City of Santa Clara  Kit Carson Electric Co-op 
ClickSoftware Inc  Simply Automated  Korea Electric Power Research Institute
Cognera Corporation  Southern California Edison  Las Vegas Valley Water Dist 
Cognyst Consulting  Southwest Gas Co.  Madison Gas & Electric Company 
Community Energy Cooperative  Sprint Capital NW Inc  Marquette Board of Light and Power 
Consumers Energy  Tantalus Systems Corp  McMinnville Electric System 
Corn Belt Energy Corp.  Telit Wireless Solutions  Met-Ed a FirstEnergy Co 
Cucamonga Valley Water District  Telvent  Metering International 
Current Group  Tendril  MeterSmart 
Customer Performance Group LLC  Terasen Gas Inc.  New York Independent System Operator 
DC Water & Sewer Authority  Texarkana Water Utilities NexLevel Information Technology 
Detroit Edison  Town of Cary  Nexus Energy Software 
Dr Neuhaus Telekommunication  Tri-County Electric Co-op  Tuolumne County Pub Power Agency 
East Bay Municipal Utility District  Triton Water Technologies of CA  Tuolumne Public Power Agency 
Ecology Action  ValuTech Solutions  Twenty First Century Communications 
Utilimetrics (formerly AMRA)  Westar Energy Inc  ZigBee Alliance 
Utility Consumers' Action Network  Power-Line Communications Utility Integration Solutions 

With various receptions, post-conference tours and numerous meal functions included in the conference schedule, you are sure to catch up with old contacts and make new ones.

Registration and program information can be found at www.meteringamerica.com.

Devi Paulsen: devi@spintelligent.com
Tel: 888 559 8017  (USA)    + 27 21 700 3500 (international)
Fax: 413 487 6276 (USA)    +27 21 700 3501 (international)
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