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Smart Metering Update

Building the basis for a smooth roll-out: testing infrastructure and engaging consumers

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Smart Metering Update will feature key stakeholders of the smart meter implementation programme sharing developments to facilitate a smooth roll-out.

With the mass roll-out now just over a year away, several issues must be ironed out in time for go-live to be a success. At this crucial time, Smart Metering Update will provide a strategic platform to discuss, debate and solve the following challenges: The DCC delivery plan, confidence in the SMIP post-election, installation challenges and consumer engagement. 

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Key reasons to attend:

  • Benefit from our content rich sessions delivered by senior speakers from suppliers, networks, DCC, Smart Energy GB and more.
  • Hear from the DCC, a CSP and DSP on the testing phase of smart IT systems
  • Identify whether the DCC delivery plan will be finalised in time to keep the current timeframe on track
  • Discover what the DCC delivery plan looks like and how you will be affected
  • Enjoy fantastic networking opportunities; discuss the major issues affecting the smart meter programme with over 130 senior level delegates in a dedicated, friendly environment.
  • Gain insight into how Smart Energy GB, in conjunction with suppliers, plan on transforming public attitude and behaviour.

Companies previously represented:

Our smart metering events regularly attract 120+ senior attendees, including representatives from suppliers, networks, DCC, CDB and more. Here is a summary of last year’s attendee’s by industry:

 

Here is a sample list of companies that attended last year:

Apex CoVantage E.ON National Grid
Arqiva EDF Energy Northern Powergrid
Bord Gáis Electric Ireland Ofgem
British Gas Elster RWE npower
Calvin Asset Management Energy UK Scotia Gas Networks
Capita Group First Utility ScottishPower
Centrica G4S Siemens Metering Services
CG Power Systems Belgium NV Green Energy Options Smart Energy GB
Co-operative Energy HEP Group Smart Metering Systems PLC
DCC Hitachi SSE
DECC IMServ Telefonica
DNV GL Lowri Beck Services UK Power Networks
Dong Energy Macquarie Group Wales & West Utilities


 
Sara-Jane Asquith
Sara-Jane Asquith

Director of Retail Transformation

SSE

Steve Pick
Steve Pick

Smart Project Manager

British Gas Business

Sarah Walker-Jones
Sarah Walker-Jones

Commercial Manager

E.ON

Stefan Leedham
Stefan Leedham

Industry & Government Manager

EDF Energy

Chris Wall
Chris Wall

Head of Operations Metering

RWE npower

Dave Broady
Dave Broady

Operations Director

Data Communications Company

Claire Maugham
Claire Maugham

Director of Communications

Smart Energy GB

Phil Hack
Phil Hack

Head of Strategic Projects & Smart Metering

UK Power Networks

Peter Goodwin
Peter Goodwin

DCC Client Director

Arqiva - Communications Service Provider (North)

Richard Hampshire
Richard Hampshire

Smart Utilities Lead

CGI - Data Service Provider

Dr. Kathryn Buchanan
Dr. Kathryn Buchanan

Senior Research Officer

University of Essex

Jim Hayward
Jim Hayward

Programme Director, Smart Metering Programme

DECC

Rob Searle
Rob Searle

Smart Metering Network and Industry Lead

Telefonica - Communications Service Provider (South & Central)

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Smart Metering Update

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09:00

Welcome address by David Saunders, Managing Director, Marketforce

09:05

Chair’s opening remarks

Session One: Keeping the SMIP on track: strategic priorities

 

            Strategic Panel Discussion

  • How has the proposed change in the go-live date affected the programmes of work?
  • How can stakeholders work together to keep the current timeframe on track?
  • Moving towards the enduring phase: how can the industry properly prepare?
  • What more is required to allow the suppliers to make necessary investments?
  • In what way are cost control concerns being incorporated into the SMIP?
  • What implications does the general election have for the roll-out?
09:10

Update from the Department of Energy & Climate Change

This address will set out the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s priorities for 2015 and beyond. It will be followed by a Q & A session

Jim Hayward
Jim Hayward

Programme Director, Smart Metering Programme

DECC

09:25

Delivering a cost-effective and customer-centric roll-out

Sara-Jane Asquith
Sara-Jane Asquith

Director of Retail Transformation

SSE

09:40

Finalising the delivery plan: what does go-live look like?

Dave Broady
Dave Broady

Operations Director

Data Communications Company

09:55

Advisory session

10:15

Panel discussion

Jim Hayward
Jim Hayward

Programme Director, Smart Metering Programme

DECC

Sara-Jane Asquith
Sara-Jane Asquith

Director of Retail Transformation

SSE

Dave Broady
Dave Broady

Operations Director

Data Communications Company

Phil Hack
Phil Hack

Head of Strategic Projects & Smart Metering

UK Power Networks

10:45

Refreshments

Session Two: The smart IT infrastructure: testing and implementation

 

            Quick-fire updates:

    In this session a CSP and the DSP will outline their priorities. They will then be joined by the DCC and a supplier for a Q & A session.
11:15

A fully integrated communications system: overcoming remaining obstacles

Peter Goodwin
Peter Goodwin

DCC Client Director

Arqiva - Communications Service Provider (North)

Rob Searle
Rob Searle

Smart Metering Network and Industry Lead

Telefonica - Communications Service Provider (South & Central)

11:35

The data challenge: creating a secure and robust system

Richard Hampshire
Richard Hampshire

Smart Utilities Lead

CGI - Data Service Provider

11:45

Advisory session

12:05

Questions

12:10

Panel discussion

Ready, set, go-live: providing an effective, secure and reliable system

  • What are the main outcomes of testing so far?
  • In what way are security concerns being incorporated into the different Test Phases?
  • Integrating effectively with suppliers’ systems: how can this be achieved?
  • Have interoperability concerns been addressed sufficiently to facilitate seamless switching?
  • 868 MHz v 2.4 GHz: are the potential gaps in coverage being addressed?
Peter Goodwin
Peter Goodwin

DCC Client Director

Arqiva - Communications Service Provider (North)

Rob Searle
Rob Searle

Smart Metering Network and Industry Lead

Telefonica - Communications Service Provider (South & Central)

Richard Hampshire
Richard Hampshire

Smart Utilities Lead

CGI - Data Service Provider

Stefan Leedham
Stefan Leedham

Industry & Government Manager

EDF Energy

Dave Broady
Dave Broady

Operations Director

Data Communications Company

12:45

Lunch

Session Three: Visualising the practicalities of mass roll-out
14:00

Building the capabilities necessary to install over 5.5 million smart meters

  • What operational processes have changed to facilitate the roll-out?
  • Lessons learned from the cross-functional teams on the ground
  • Recruiting and training enough meter installers for a project of this scale
  • Engagement on the ground: ensuring a seamless customer experience
Chris Wall
Chris Wall

Head of Operations Metering

RWE npower

14:20

Advisory session

14:25

Questions

14:45

Non-Domestic roll-out – lessons learnt and what next?

Steve Pick
Steve Pick

Smart Project Manager

British Gas Business

15:05

Questions

15:10

Panel discussion

Overcoming the operational complexities of a large scale installation

  • How has the foundation stage affected mass roll-out strategy?
  • Preparing for mass roll-out: what steps still need to be taken to ensure a smooth delivery?
  • How have concerns over hard to reach properties been incorporated into roll-out plans?
  • Are suppliers interacting sufficiently with DNOs to allow them to prepare adequately?
  • Dealing with technical issues at installation: what is best practice?
  • Time taken to complete an install: how can installers balance this with good customer engagement?
Chris Wall
Chris Wall

Head of Operations Metering

RWE npower

Steve Pick
Steve Pick

Smart Project Manager

British Gas Business

15:35

Refreshments

Session Four: Engaging customers and changing behaviour
16:05

Afternoon keynote

Leading public engagement at the national level

  • Smart Energy GB: priorities for the next 12 months
  • Working effectively with suppliers to communicate the benefits of smart meters
  • What level of engagement needs to take place before roll-out begins?
  • Educating the public on the benefits of using smart meters effectively
Claire Maugham
Claire Maugham

Director of Communications

Smart Energy GB

16:45

Ensuring the customer comes first at every stage of the smart metering service

Sarah Walker-Jones
Sarah Walker-Jones

Commercial Manager

E.ON

17:00

Panel discussion

Instigating behavioural change: engaging and educating a nation

  • IHDs: What is the best means of encouraging customers to interact with them?
  • How can we ensure that early enthusiasm and behaviour change is maintained?
  • What can be done to ensure vulnerable customers are also supported?
  • Could new smart home technology be a game changer? 

Sarah Walker-Jones
Sarah Walker-Jones

Commercial Manager

E.ON

Claire Maugham
Claire Maugham

Director of Communications

Smart Energy GB

Dr. Kathryn Buchanan
Dr. Kathryn Buchanan

Senior Research Officer

University of Essex

17:25

Chairman’s closing remarks

17:30

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