SAE Media Group are pleased to announce their inaugural conference on Smart Grids Data Management on the 22nd & 23rd of November in London. From design, deployment, management to integration and analysis of real time data, this two day conference will cover all the relevant issues. The essential networking opportunity will bring together a host of experts involved in tackling these critical issues for the utility industry. Smart Grids Data DNO AMM


  • Gain valuable insight into key data management aspects and challenges surrounding the Smart Grid


  • Develop a better understanding of next generation smart utility infrastructure and distribution issues


  • Deploy key strategies to grow successful business out of your Smart Grid rollouts


  • Build project excellence within your teams by adopting best practices from leading industry experts


  • Hear examples from companies that are using intelligent data management systems within their Smart Grids


  • Capitalise on excellent networking and information gathering opportunities
  • Data managers
  • Technical Directors
  • Network Development
  • Distributions Directors
  • Utility engineers
  • Asset managers
  • System operators
  • Reliability and quality managers
  • Integrators
  • System engineers
  • Innovation directors
  • Strategic project managers
  • System architects
  • Metering projects managers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight, Senior Consultant and Chair of UK Smart Metering Group, PwC

9:10 Meeting the requirements for creating and delivering customer-appealing smart grids

Philip Lewis

Philip Lewis, Managing Director, VaasaETT Global Energy Think Tank

  • What will make a customer-appealing smart grid?
  • The data that customers will want
  • The data that we will need to motivate and serve the customer
  • Where can we get it from?
  • Will we have the CIS capability to manage it?
  • 9:50 Identifying and demonstrating long- term Smart Metering benefits to the customer: putting the consumer first

    Jane Chang

    Jane Chang, Enterprise Architecture, Strategy and Planning, British Gas

  • Creating benefits for utilities and consumers at the same time
  • Gaining critical mass: creating a good communication plan at the outset of a smart metering project
  • Installing meters: how to create upfront cost savings and increased control over energy demand and higher visibility into consumer    preferences/usage
  • Technical challenges around the smart meter rollout
  • Developing a data strategy for analytics for smart and other business process data
  • Information Architecture for Smart Metering : Respect your data


  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Putting ‘smartness’ back into ‘smart metering’

    Svan  Lembke

    Svan Lembke , Head of Smart Metering UK, T-Systems

  • The smart metering marketplace has evolved into a battleground for ‘smartness’, defying all logic of building large complex integrated systems
  • In over three years of trials, T-Systems has found that many of the smart meter design approaches and thus solutions may not be scalable or future proof
  • We explore a list of hot topics to demonstrate why we may have forgotten to design the smartness first by rushing into developing smart appliances
  • 11:40 OFGEM’s perspective on the Smart Metering Rollouts

    Colin  Sausman

    Colin Sausman, Director – Commercial, Smart Metering Delivery, Ofgem

  • Data and communications function: scope, establishment and governance
  • Approach to data privacy and security
  • Rollout strategy


  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Smart Grids – Where’s The Money?

    Mark Perrett

    Mark Perrett, BI Transformation Consultant, Advanced Analytics & Information-In-Motion, Hewlett Packard

  • Review of typical historic value management in Utilities
  • Discussion of potential future value management scenarios
  • Demand Response
  • Time of Day Tariffs
  • The Virtual Power Plant
  • The Optmisation Problem – The requirement for near real time analytics – “Information In Motion”
  • Organisational Challenges
  • 14:00 Power Hub - central optimization and control system for distributed production and consumption units

    Morten  Birkholm

    Morten Birkholm, Senior System Consultant, Dong Energy

  • What is Power Hub? What is its role and purpose in the Smart Grid domain?
  • What are the key data management challenges in Power Hub? How does the system scale into the future?
  • Which major complex issues both business wise and technically has been resolved?
  • Which different stakeholders does Power Hub provide information for?
  • What have been good practices when creating an intelligent data management system as Power Hub?


  • 14:30 A concept of prosumer-centric energy solutions

  • Regulatory framework
  • Demand side management on the basis of intelligent home appliances
  • Data management
  • Gunnar Hoffman

    Gunnar Hoffman, Manager of Technology, Corporate Research and Development, RWE AG

    Chris Harris

    Chris Harris, Head of Retail Regulation, Npower

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Smart Grids for demand side management

    Asier  Moltó Llovet

    Asier Moltó Llovet, , Red Electrica De Espana Sa

  • Why DSM require Smart meters?
  • Channelizing the valuable data for Smart meters most efficiently
  • Red Electrica’s short, medium and long term vision of smart meter development
  • 16:20 Deriving data traffic for smart metering and smart grids

    Tom  Hainey

    Tom Hainey, Principal Consultant, Engage Consulting

  • The approach for data traffic analysis
  • Data size assumptions used
  • Assessment of some potential peak data traffic scenarios
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stephen Knight

    Stephen Knight, Senior Consultant and Chair of UK Smart Metering Group, PwC

    9:10 Addressing the problems of Smart Meter interoperability and its impacts on rollout programmes and trials

    Ben Nicaudie

    Ben Nicaudie, Head of Consulting, Electralink

  • Data Management and Smart Meter interoperability
  • Key challenges and issues
  • Delivering efficient and interoperable data management
  • 9:50 How to gain Interoperability with flexibility to take advantage of innovation?

    Mark Ossel

    Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Memeber and VP , Echelon Energy and Utility

  • Future proof, with an unknown future
  • It is about architecture
  • New standards as Open Smart Grid Prototol (OSGP) and NTA8150
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Maintaining reliability of supply through effective Smart Grid data management

    David Socha

    David Socha, Utilities Practice Leader, EMEA, Teradata

    We all understand that the distribution network is about to face unprecedented change.  But most of us also believe that the details of the change cannot yet be accurately predicted.  What low-carbon technologies will prevail? Which will take off first? What will be the penetration of these technologies with their hard-to-handle loads or additional generation capacity?  Some things we do know.  Network operators must continue to deliver high quality, reliable supply, whatever complexities are thrown in their way.  Regulators and other stakeholders will only allow efficient solutions, so simply throwing copper (or aluminium...) at the problem isn't the way ahead.  In such circumstances, a new paradigm in network management is required, taking advantage of the huge amounts of data made available for the first time via the smart grid.  Only then can we fulfil the requirements of a reliable, safe and efficient smart grid.

  • Unanswered questions
  • Near-real-time optimisation - changing the way we manage networks
  • The data challenge
  • It can be done! Managing massive data volumes in other industries
  • The way ahead
  • 11:40 Making Smart Roll Out Work: A Case Study by United Utilities

    Martin Deehan

    Martin Deehan, Operations Director, United Utilities

  • Lessons learnt from practical Smart Meter operations
  • Customer engagement for a successful Smart Meter roll-out
  • Smart Meters – managing the installed assets
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Enel's Smart Metering Experience

    Andrea  Lolli

    Andrea Lolli , Business Development Network technologies, Enel Italy

  • Italian "Telegestore" successful experience: lessons learnt, key challenges overcome, target benefits and achieved results from the first and the largest smart metering roll-out  to date in Europe
  • The new role of metering and meter data management: how high quality and accurate meter data have reshaped processes and improved the network management; particular focus on fraud detection through Customer load profile analysis and voltage quality monitoring
  • The vision for the Networks of the future: the Enel road map towards Smart Grids with focus on Enel's innovative projects



  • 13:50 2020: The convergence of Smart Home and Smart Grid- a win win scenario

    Malcolm  McCulloch

    Malcolm McCulloch, University Lecturer in Engineering Science, University Of Oxford

  • Understanding the consumer requirements for the future
  • Understanding the grid requirements for the future
  • Preventing obsolescence


  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Engaging The Consumers In Smart Grids

    Frank  Borchardt

    Frank Borchardt, , Green Energy Options

  • Who Will Benefit?
  • Consumer segmentation – who needs it and who not?
  • Matching consumer’s with the energy industry’s interests
  • Potential Use Cases
  • Smart metering utilization
  • Decentralised generation
  • Data Management Issues
  • Who needs what kind of data?
  • Sorting out the irrelevant data
  • Success Factors To Keep The Consumer Engaged
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Convenience and value


  • 15:40 Empowering the consumer- customer response to residential smart pricing

    Alicia Carrasco

    Alicia Carrasco, Regulatory Director, EMEA, eMeter

  • Demand response
  • Time of use tariff
  • Case: PowerCentsDC
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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