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“Best one this year on smart grids”

Cristiano Marantes, UK Power Networks, SMi’s second annual Realisation of the Future Smart Grid conference, 2011


“Very good.”

Bill Brown, Practice Director, UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Oracle


“SMi’s quality of speakers was very good”

Diyar Kidar, Technology Manager, Scottish Power


“Well organised and good spread of speakers”

Alan Creighton, Senior Asset Management Engineer, CE Electric UK



With European Smart Grid spending to hit $80 billion by 2020, and smart meter deployments hitting 240 million within the same period, SMi’s third annual conference will again be an essential and timely event to attend in 2012.

To meet the needs of all key stakeholders in this growing market, the event will offer a complete UK and European DNO overview on the state of research, future regulatory standards, technical solutions and current experience in the field of intelligent energy networks. The conference will also cover the latest updates on the second tier LCNF update in the UK.

Packed with case studies and practical examples, the event will also cover the economic, regulatory, legal, industrial, and social implications arising from moving to a low carbon, sustainable energy generation and consumption model.




  • Regulatory updates: hear the latest policy developments on intelligent energy networks from the UK and the European Union
  • Learn about the future energy landscape and intelligent electicity networks
  • Hear about the most imminent security and privacy issues affecting smart grids
  • Find out about the latest financing and investment models and how to achieve ROI
  • Hear the latest on microgeneration and the active role the customer plays  
  • Learn the latest on Europe-wide co-operation
  • Listen to the latest on the second tier LCNF projects
  • Listen to numerous case studies from DNOs
  • 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

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Teus de Zwart

Teus de Zwart, Senior Director International Standards, Echelon Energy and Utility


Marcelo  Masera

Marcelo Masera, , Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen Joint Research Centre (JCR) - European Commission

The role of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Lessons learned from the JRC smart grids inventory

Assessing costs and benefits of smart grids: the JRC experience

9:50 Low Carbon Networks Fund

Aims and objectives

Design of the fund

Process for the annual competition

Overview of current projects

Mark Askew

Mark Askew, Senior Manager, Ofgem

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Low Carbon London update

David  Openshaw

David Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, UK Power Networks

Maximising opportunities surrounding flexible responsive demand

Optimising the contribution from decentralised generation

Leveraging the functionality of smart metering

Accommodating electric vehicles

11:40 The effect of smart grid on industry design

Chris Harris

Chris Harris, Head of Retail Regulation, RWE NPower

New models for contracting

Direct consumer network interaction

Security of supply

12:20 Networking Lunch

14:00 Eaton perspective on the Smart Grid challenges

Phil Dingle

Phil Dingle, Power Utilities and Networks Segment Manager , Eaton Electric Ltd

 Structure our thoughts around Smart Grids

Why, what & how
Reference a number of recently published reports
Highlight a number of key themes from these reports
Review a number of case studies from Netherlands, Denmark and Italy

14:40 Transition into the intelligent future grid operator

John  Hodemaekers

John Hodemaekers, Head of Innovation Department, Stedin

How market change influence the future grid

Market changes ask for different techniques and approaches

New techniques and approaches as for new internal relationships

The grid operators internal relations and processes will change

The evolution of the intelligent grid operator

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Towards smart grids in the Netherlands

Joris Knigge

Joris Knigge, Innovator, Enexis

Practical experiences from the DSO Enexis

Developments: the Dutch energy supply system

Consequences for the Dutch DSO Enexis: alternatives and options

Practical approach and presentation of real life case studies: the two pilot projects, Breda and Zwolle, aiming at the participation of 500 households

16:20 Smart grid challenges - the Scottish Power case study

Geoff Murphy

Geoff Murphy, Lead Engineer, Scottish Power

An update on the ScottishPower trial alongside the community of Ashton Hayes

Analysis and presentation of findings to date

The 132kV Dynamic Thermal Rating Project

IET Innovation Award 2010 winning project

Update on the operational role out of the scheme across North-Wales

17:00 Case study: Advancing electrical network infrastructure: smart grid implemented in Amsterdam

Alliander’s smart grid agenda

Substation automation roll out project – implementing the SASensor

Smart grid project Amsterdam- first results and lessons learned

Saving costs - prolonging the use of the current grid

Bert Heerbaart

Bert Heerbaart, Strategic Program Manager Smart Grids, Alliander N.V.

17:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Counsell

John Counsell, Professor, Strathclyde University


John Counsell

John Counsell, Professor, Strathclyde University

9:30 Demand response and the Customer-Led Network Revolution

Learning being delivered by the Customer-Led Network Revolution project

Economic signals versus value to customers

Assessing customers' appetite for demand response participation

Value for DNOs from demand response   

Jim  Cardwell

Jim Cardwell, Head of Regulation & Strategy, CE Electric UK

10:10 An architecture for a future proof smart grid

Teus de Zwart

Teus de Zwart, Senior Director International Standards, Echelon Energy and Utility

How to select technologies if you know technologies will change?

How to combine current and future technologies and devices?

Creating an architecture and framework which allows the adoption of new technologies

A new look at interoperability

Open smart grid protocol (OSGP) - the most widely used system in Europe

10:50 Morning Coffee

11:20 Smart grid demonstration projects in Endesa

Christopher Regan

Christopher Regan, Process Engineering and Technology Director, Endesa Spain

Real living lab to test the technologies involved in smart grids

Future strategies in the DSO

Smart grid demonstration projects in Endesa:

Malaga, Barcelona, Buzios, Bari, Genova

12:00 Renewable integration: the challenges and the vision for 2020

Fintan Slye

Fintan Slye, Director of Operations, EirGrid plc

EU wind targets

The national renewable action plan

Maintaining the power system for large renewable deployment

Operational boundaries

Key initiatives

12:40 Networking Lunch

14:00 The potential of adaptive automation and commercial innovation to release network capacity

The potential of network automation to release capacity for use by customers

Leveraging existing investments for greater benefit

Understanding fault patterns on our network

Stimulation the UK demand side market

Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox, Head of Future Networks, Electricity North West Limited

14:40 Bridging the OT/IT gap for successful smart grid deployment

Frans Campfens

Frans Campfens, Senior Consultant SmartGrids (ICT) and AMR, Alliander N.V.

What is OT/and IT?

A few examples of IT and OT approaches

Different view angles of OT and IT on smart grid development

Bridging the gap: what is really necessary for the future?

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:40 The drivers and strategy for smart grids in Enel

Carlos Costa  Rausa

Carlos Costa Rausa, Smart Grid Manager, Enel S P A

From smart meters to smart grids: real life experience from smart metering, DG integration, EV infrastructure and active demand

Integrating more intermittent renewable and distributed energy sources: the Emilia Romagna case study (GRID4EU) and the Molise region smart grid development

The path from pilots to deployment: European collaboration, how to overcome barriers and how to build a sustainable business case

16:20 ESB Networks - 2025 - The Smart Networks Initiative

Teresa Fallon

Teresa Fallon, Manager Smart Networks, ESB

Integrating more renewable on the Network – how can we do this better?

Paving the way for a broader introduction of electric transport

Maximising the potential of active customers through smart metering and Active Demand Response

Developing a flexible and energy efficient network leveraging renewable integration, electric transport, the flexible load and operational excellence

17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



Distribution network modelling for the smart grid

Distribution network modelling for the smart grid

Holiday Inn Regents Park
8th June 2012
London, United Kingdom

Smart integration of distributed energy resources

Smart integration of distributed energy resources

Holiday Inn Regents Park
8th June 2012
London, United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Regents Park

Carburton Street
London W1W 5EE
United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Regents Park

Choose the well-connected Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park hotel, with a superb central London location and speedy transport links. Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park is in a leafy and cosmopolitan area of central London, a 10-minute walk from bustling Oxford Street. Leave your car in our NCP managed underground car park, and explore London by Tube. Great Portland Street Tube station is 25 metres from the hotel, from where you can reach the City and Canary Wharf in 30 minutes, and London Heathrow Airport in 45 minutes.

Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel, and you can invite up to 300 people to events at the Academy Conference Centre, with an IT technician and break-out zones. Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park is a 10-minute walk from Santander's offices and businesses in the BT Tower. Stroll 5 minutes to Regent's Park, where you'll find London Zoo and pretty Primrose Hill. We're a 10-minute walk from Bond Street boutiques and 20 minutes from Buckingham Palace and cruises on the River Thames.

Ask our Concierge to plan your day out and book West End theatre tickets. Room Service is available 24 hours at Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park, or dine in the vibrant Junction Restaurant. Our Junction Bar has a menu of light bites, and a hot breakfast buffet is served daily.



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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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