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"The SMI Realisation of the Future Grid conference had probably the best agenda of any of the conferences we have participated in lately, with a very high calibre of speakers and a great range of relevant, timely topics for today’s utility companies. The delegate profile was highly focused, and we had many interesting conversations over the networking breaks and at our booth in the exhibition area."
4RF Communications

SMi’s Realisation of the Future Grid
conference has been created to bring together leading players in the UK and European DNO Smart Grid landscape for a thorough, in-depth review of Smart Grid deployment.

We will be discussing; Smart Grid infrastructure, distribution, security and interoperability challenges affecting the DNO industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain strategic insight into the UK governments proposed initiatives, hear about the UK's first smart grid, and meet UK and European DNO's who are already establishing their next generation networks.

We have specifically provided several case studies across the two days of the program to further enhance your educational requirements.

This will be the first in our series of Utilities of the Future portfolio, bringing together industry leaders to discuss the development of a sustainable low carbon future.
Utility Endorsement:
EDF Energy is an industry leader in the move towards a low carbon economy: we’re already building a smart grid for the Olympic Park and our plans to develop a smart grid for the rest of London are now well advanced. The Realisation of the Future Grid event is important because smart grids will become a reality in the UK only if DNOs and other industry players get together to share their knowledge and expertise. These are exciting times for our industry and EDF Energy Networks is looking forward to playing a leading role in addressing the many challenges that lie ahead.’
EDF Energy Networks


Realisation of the Future Grid is proudly supported by the following sponsors:

Headline sponsor


Smart Grid sponsor 4RF



Smart Grid sponsors HP Smart Grid sponsors GE Smart Grid sponsors Ferranti


Smart Grid sponsor Alcatel Lucent   Smart Grid sponsor Smarter Grid Solutions


Arqiva Smart Grid sponsors Realisation of the Future Grid Sensus Smart Grid sponsors Realisation of the Future Grid

SMi Announces new Additions to its Inaugural Realisation of the Future Grid Conference, 16th and 17th June 2010, London

SMi Announces Three new Additions to its Inaugural Realisation of the Future Grid Conference, 16th and 17th June 2010, London
LONDON, May 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- SMi today announced that Dave Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, EDF Energy, will be joining its Realisation of the Future Grid conference. Presenting on 'Creating a Smart Electricity Grid for London', this addition will add another dimension to an already impressive speaker line-up and programme.

Dave Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, EDF Energy commented, "EDF Energy is an industry leader in the move towards a low carbon economy: we're already building a smart grid for the Olympic Park and our plans to develop a smart grid for the rest of London are now well advanced. The Realisation of the Future Grid event is important because smart grids will become a reality in the UK only if DNOs and other industry players get together to share their knowledge and expertise. These are exciting times for our industry and EDF Energy Networks is looking forward to playing a leading role in addressing the many challenges that lie ahead."

SMi's Realisation of the Future Grid has been developed to specifically address the perspectives and challenges faced by Distribution Network Operators. As the only event in the European marketplace of this nature, this conference will cover smart grid infrastructure, distribution, security and interoperability challenges facing the DNO industry. Attendees will gain valuable insight into what lies ahead through a series of case-studies, practical examples and workshops.

SMi are also pleased to welcome Arqiva and Sensus as event supporters. "Arqiva and Sensus are supporting this conference because the energy industry and government are on the threshold of making key regulatory and technical decisions on the specification of the national smart metering network. We believe that there is a unique opportunity to ensure that this network will not only deliver the benefits expected from the introduction of smart meters but also support the longer term objective of providing smart grid capabilities. To achieve this the industry should be focused on creating a dedicated secure network which is designed from the outset to offer resilient and universal connectivity". Stephen Arnold, Head of Marketing, Arqiva Wireless Access, and Andy Slater, Director of Marketing EMEA, Sensus.

Aquiva and Sensus join a high profile list of supporters including 4RF communications, HP, GE, Ferranti, Smarter Grid Solutions and Alcatel-Lucent.



  • Among a plethora of retail and consumer Smart Grid events, we have specifically developed Future Grids with a DNO perspective
  • Gain valuable insight into key Smart Grid drivers and future DNO challenges
  • Hear from UK and Government initiatives on developing a low carbon economy
  • Develop a better understanding of next generation smart utility infrastructure and distribution issues
  • Engage key stakeholders and leverage crucial business opportunities
  • Understand the Smart Grid cyber security risks associated with the development of next generation networks
  • Learn how key integration and interoperability players are unifying the future grid movement
Smart Grid innovation, changing consumer behaviour



 4RF headline sponsors endorse Future Grids conference (smart grids)


smart grid hewlett packard

"The attraction of this event to HP is that it is focussed on the network providers and DNO’s. So many conferences focus on suppliers and there is little done for the DNOs. It will make a refreshing change to hear about the smart grid from the DNO’s point of view; an area where we can probably make the most gains as an industry to impact Security of Supply."
Ian Mitton,
World Wide Utilities Director, Hewlett Packard

Smart Grid Gpx "Impressive program, I have presented papers at some of your competitors conferences, but this is powerful"
Hugo Schonbeck, Director, GPX International Ltd


  • Utilities
  • Technology vendors/ICT professionals
  • Infrastructure developers
  • Power and automation technologies
  • Cyber security specialists
  • Telecoms, wireless providers
  • Manufacturers/Vendors
  • Government/regulatory agencies
  • Financial community  

Job titles:

  • CEO
  • CTO
  • CIO
  • Future Network Managers
  • Head of Transmission and Distribution
  • Energy and Utility Directors General Managers
  • Vice President
  • Global Directors
  • Head of Strategy and Innovation
  • Smart Grid Directors
  • Head of AMR
  • VP of Strategy and Innovation
  • Global Business Development Directors
  • Managing Directors
  • Engineering
  • Consultant
  • Technology Directors
  •  Modeling and Strategy
Smart Utilities, Future Grid, Smart Grid conference June 2010

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mark Ossel

Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Member , ESNA

9:10 Transforming and modernizing networks

Rachel Fletcher

Rachel Fletcher, Partner Distribution, Ofgem

  • Low Carbon Networks Fund overview
  • Measures to reduce carbon emmissions
  • Consumer benefits
  • 9:50 The Future Grid roadmap

    Richard Smith

    Richard Smith , Future Transmission Networks Manager , National Grid

  • Understanding the generation Mix
  • Demand and supply
  • Transparency and the flow of information
  • Decentralisation of electricity production
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee sponsored by Arqiva and Sensus

    11:00 Creating a Smart Electricity Grid for London

    David  Openshaw

    David Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, EDF Energy

  • Benefits of a Smart Grid for London
  • Why London? (compelling characteristics as a focus for Smart Grid strategy)
  • Turning London electric (London’s EV infrastructure strategy and impact on Smart Grid plan)
  • Decarbonising London’s residential communities (and impact on Smart Grid plan)
  • Leveraging distributed energy resources for London
  • Smart meters for London
  • 11:40 Case study - The UK's First Smart Grid

  • Management of multiple renewable generators
  • Monitoring and controlling of power flows
  • Data Collection from measuring devices within the n
  • Avoiding thermal bottlenecks
  • Benefits of reaching renewable targets
  • Lessons learned
  • David MacLeman

    David MacLeman , Distribution R&D Manager , Scottish and Southern Energy

    Robert Currie

    Robert Currie, Operations Director, Smarter Grid Solutions

    12:20 Networking Lunch sponsored by Hewlett Packard

    13:50 Real, Smart, Solutions, Enabling the Smart Grid

    Patrick  Turnbull

    Patrick Turnbull, Growth Strategy Leader Europe Region , GE Energy

  • Future Electricity Demand
  • Future Energy Mix
  • The Future Home
  • The Future Economic landscape
  • Two Possible Futures...
  • 2020 - slow brown
  • Future Grid Architecture - slow brown
  • 2020 - fast green
  • Future Grid Architecture - fast green
  • Moving to a smarter grid...Next Steps
  • 14:30 Point-to-multipoint wireless in smart grid communications: what, where and why…

    • Commercial and regulatory pressures driving improved efficiency for monitoring and control applications
    • Security as a key requirement for communications in electricity distribution networks
    • Migrating to a standards-based IP world while protecting legacy infrastructure investment
    • Flexibility, ownership and financial benefits of point-to-multipoint wireless compared to other technologies

    John  Yaldwyn

    John Yaldwyn , Chief Technology Officer , 4RF Communications

    15:10 Afternoon Tea sponsored by Arqiva and Sensus

    15:40 Case Study: A sixpack - From traditional to smart utility

    Frans Campfens

    Frans Campfens, Senior Consultant SmartGrids (ICT) and AMR, Alliander NV

  • Requirements for the communication infrastructure
  • Need for standardization
  • Market model
  • Available technology and migration
  • Security issues
  • Data modelling based on CIM
  • 16:20 Advanced Metering Infrastructure

    Mark Ossel

    Mark Ossel, Vice-President Energy & Utility, Echelon Energy and Utility

  • An infrastructure serving all: supplier, customer and network company
  • How to ensure future proof, with all technology constant changing
  • Scalability… it is a massive amount of data
  • Collection and distribution of information to customers, suppliers, utility companies
  • Influencing behaviour and consumption patterns
  • Empowering the consumer
  • 17:00 Case Study: Activities after AMR implementation

    Erik Nordgren

    Erik Nordgren, Head of AMR Project, Vattenfall Distribution Nordic

  • How should we operate
  • Lessons learned
  • Partner collaboration
  • Looking to the future
  • 17:40 Chairman's closing remarks

    Mark Ossel

    Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Member , ESNA

    17:45 Sponsored Drinks Reception by 4RF Communications

    John  Yaldwyn

    John Yaldwyn , Chief Technology Officer , 4RF Communications

    Ian Troughton

    Ian Troughton, Chief Executive Officer, 4RF Communications

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mark Ossel

    Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Member , ESNA

    9:10 Case Study: Insight in Europe's first large scale urban smart electricity Grid

  • 10 year vision to be constructed into a modern, innovative and ecologically sustainable district
  • Design and development of a flexible, low-emission power network
  • Energy storage and charging infrastructure with DES applications
  • Smart Buildings and Demand Side Response solutions
  • Ensuring excess power generated from renewable energy sources are fed into the power grid
  • Regulation and new market prerequisites
  • Tomas Wall

    Tomas Wall, Vice President R&D Sweden, Fortum Corporation

    Karl Elfstadius

    Karl Elfstadius, Group Senior Vice President ABB, Head of Business and Market Development Smart Grid, ABB

    9:45 Distribution Network Challenges

    Jeff Douglas

    Jeff Douglas , Head of Network Strategy and Development , Central Networks

  • Defining the business model
  • Necessity to invest in smart grid technologie
  • Distribution prices and price caps
  • Balancing the cost to customers
  • Government and industry collaboration 
  • 10:20 The Smart Grid Vision

    Peter  Johnson

    Peter Johnson , Vice President Energy Markets, Alcatel Lucent Telecom Ltd

  • Dividing up the elephant called "smart grids" into manageable chuncks
  • Power Delivery, Power Quality and Green Energy
  • A potential evolutionary roadmap for the smart grid solutions
  • A case study on improving power delivery
  • 10:55 Morning Coffee sponsored by Arqiva and Sensus

    11:30 Case Study: AMR Smart Grid

    Gordon Pedersen

    Gordon Pedersen, Head of Project Department, SEAS-NVE

  • Local storage and generation
  • Demand response systems
  • Customer interaction and awareness
  • Support for power savings/house automation
  • 12:05 How to run an AMR meter swap project efficiently

    Janne Raatikainen

    Janne Raatikainen, Sales and Account Director, Eltel Group

  • An efficient AMR meter swap project scope, concept and process
  • Smart Grids - how it looks from a network constructor point of view
  • A model for SmartGrid´s selected stakeholders collaboration
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch sponsored by Hewlett Packard

    14:05 4RF Communications Guest Moderator

    Ian Troughton

    Ian Troughton, Chief Executive Officer, 4RF Communications

    14:10 Grid Security Vulnerabilities

    Ian Mitton

    Ian Mitton, Worldwide Director for the Utilities Industry, Hewlett Packard

  • Exposure to cyber threats and hackers
  • Consumer privacy, data protection
  • Monitor and control
  • Data interpretation
  • Learning from grid fraud
  • Cybersecurity strategies
  • Taking the right steps
  • 14:45 Three Key Elements of a Smart Grid

  • Broad Smart Grid application support
  • An integrated Smart Grid & Smart Metering network
  • Independent operation of Smart Grid and Smart Metering
  • Simon  Higgins

    Simon Higgins , Smart Meter Solutions Architect , Arqiva Wireless Access

    Bob  Haines

    Bob Haines , Director, Distribution Automation Engineering, Sensus

    15:20 Afternoon Tea sponsored by Arqiva and Sensus

    15:50 The Future for Smarter Energy - integrating the UK's new smart grid

    Gavin Jones

    Gavin Jones, Europe and Africa Leader for the Energy & Utilities Industry, IBM

  • The Future for Smarter Energy - integrating the UK's new smart grid
  • Understanding the importance of data analytics and intelligence across DNO's and energy retailers in smart metering/grid
  • Challenges facing the new smart grid, operating and running a participatory network
  • A case in point - experience to date from around the world.
  • 16:25 The Smart Grid Eco System

    Andrew Longyear

    Andrew Longyear, Business Development, Cisco Systems

  • Efficiency and optimisation of the gri
  • Integration of Demand Management
  • Network operations and architectures
  • Network Standards and Interoperabili
  • Physical and cyber security
  • 16:55 Case Study - Consumer Pilot UK

  • Pilot in UK involving consumers in source, availability and pricing
  • Exchange of locally produced renewable energy with local consumption
  • Do consumer attitudes change by giving them vision, energy literacy or even choice?
  • Integrated, attractive and secure solutions for purchasing and selling
  • localised energy
  • Dr Anna  Plodowski

    Dr Anna Plodowski, Trustee, Peckham Power

    Hugo Schonbeck

    Hugo Schonbeck, Director, GPX International

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Ian Troughton

    Ian Troughton, Chief Executive Officer, 4RF Communications


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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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