Meter Planning and Management

An interactive two-day course to overcome the challenges of a transforming electricity infrastructure

Attend this course to:

  • Define the strategy and business case of smart meters to modernise your Infrastructure
  • Evaluate planning processes of government and market-led roll outs to coordinate and implement smart metering solutions
  • Learn how to leverage smart metering functions to improve distribution and energy efficiency as well as consumer engagement.
  • Explore what changes are required to existing IT systems to integrate smart metering functionality and how to recover the costs of modernisation
  • Discover the effects of smart meters on competition in energy supply and explore new business opportunities to create additional revenue streams
  • Understand the impact on regulations on the collection, management and usage of smart meter data to ensure data protection and avoid privacy issues

What is the programme about?

Meters play a vital role in modern electricity grids. Key benefits are off-site monitoring of electricity consumption, a two-way communication between supplier and customer and the optimisation of the distribution’s efficiency. But meter architectures require upfront investments and long-term planning to ensure a robust return on investments. Therefore, any meter roll-out needs to be carefully planned and organised, from the business rationale to the procurement and customer management.

Although the potential benefits of meters are significant, the implementation in Africa is challenging and faces a myriad of pitfalls. Delegates of this programme will be equipped with the necessary insights to optimise decision-making and capacity planning processes.

Energy industry professionals who are seeking to gain a strategic overview of the concepts and methodologies, alongside practical tips and advice for planning and developing smart meter infrastructures and commercial grid analysis, including:

  • Smart Meter Project Managers
  • Smart Grid Consultants
  • Consultant Engineers
  • Meter Asset Co-ordinators
  • Smart Meter Interventions Planning Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Smart Meter Deployment Business Analysts
  • Programme Managers
  • Technology Managers
  • Grid Planners
  • Investment Analysts
  • Smart Solution Analyst
  • Instrumentation and Control Managers 
  • Revenue Assurance Managers
Managers, advisors and experts in a range of organisations including: 
  • Distribution companies
  • Governments, regulators and market operators
  • Industry associations
  • Ideas and principles of smart meters
  • Application and functions of smart meters in electricity networks
  • Smart meters within smart grids
  • When to start your  smart meter roll out 
  • Future proofing your business case
The Interests of Stakeholders and Influencers
  • Role of the industry and suppliers
  • Interests of government and regulators, consumers
  • Managing expectations and concerns
Influence on and Approaches to Smart Metering
  • Smart meters as key element of current and future energy policies
  • Technological specifications, opportunities and developments
  • Time and budget constraints
  • Smart metering within the utility industry
Costs of Smart Metering
  • Costs along the entire supply chain of implementation
  • Operation and maintenance of smart meter systems  
Benefits of Smart Metering 
  • Benefits for network operations
  • Improving supply and demand planning 
  • Benefits for consumers and other involved parties

The Smart Meter Investment
  • Analysing the costs for a full or partial roll-out
  • Define and manage the operational costs of smart meter infrastructures
  • How to distribute the costs between stakeholders and along the life-cycle 
  • Return on investments 
Market-led Roll-Out of Smart Metering
  • What market-led roll-out of smart metering entails
  • When is market-led roll-out appropriate
  • Potential gains and pitfalls from market-led roll-out
  • Case studies including New Zealand
Economics of Regulated Roll-Outs
  • Key-factors behind the strategic decision to  regulate roll-outs
  • Success-factors for the implementation and operation of regulated roll-outs 
  • Conceptual risks, economic pitfalls and potentials 
  • International lessons-learned: How regulated roll-outs work and what to avoid
Data Management
  • Legal frameworks of “smart data”
  • The scope and dimension of smart meter data
  • Data protection and privacy issues
  • International lessons learned: What can be done and what can’t be done with “smart data”
  • Implications for ‘Big data’ usage in the local context
Impact on the Market(s)
  • Defining and investigating the roles and responsibilities of market participants 
  • Advantages in the retail market 
  • Data services for metering systems
  • Impact on the telecommunication industry
Consumer Engagement
  • Early customer engagement: from roll-out to operation
  • Customer segmentation
  • Dynamic pricing models 
  • Long-term value for customers
  • Tools and methods to increase consumer engagement
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Delivered by

Chidi Ike is currently an embedded Advisor to the Presidential Task Force on Power.

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This course is only available as a custom course tailored for your business, contact us to discuss your requirements.

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