CIGRE UK Webinar: Communication solutions for information exchange in the smart delivery of electrical energy

Wednesday  18th July 2018 | 12.30 to 13.30.  


There are many possible Smart Meter communications solutions to choose from however they may not all be equally available to every utility rolling out smart meters. This work identifies that there are major non-technical factors which limit the solutions available to utilities which are country specific and driven by regulation.
An important aspect of this TB has been the identification of trends in the technical requirements for communications system performance. From this a set of service and performance levels appropriate for current smart metering systems has been developed and are discussed in this tutorial.
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Speakers background: Andrew Thomas & Larry Colton

Andrew Thomas:

Andrew’s career started in the UK supply industry with a distribution company (Southern Electricity) before joining Mott MacDonald for 28 years and travelling worldwide on a wide range of projects. He was a Divisional Director responsible for the Telecoms division for 10 years and subsequently worked as an independent consultant and Director of Gridlinked Consulting Ltd.
Having a background in power engineering and expertise in telecoms allowed Andrew to generate understanding of the key issues between the two disciplines. This background has assisted in the development of the approach needed for extending control and automation deep into the ML and LV distribution systems.
Andrew is Secretary of CIGRE Working Group WG D2.36: Communication solutions for information exchange in the smart delivery of electrical energy.

Larry Colton:

Larry Colton has been working in the utility industry for more than 25 years with utilities, AMI and smart grid vendors and consultants in different countries around the world. He has worked in a number of utility positions associated with distribution networks, transmission systems and generation facilities. Most recently, Larry serves as Director of Global Business Development for Networked Energy Services (NES), which is focused on smart grid related projects. Larry has a BSEE from Rutgers College of Engineering and also has a Masters degree in Business Administration. He is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager and has received several patents.
He has participated in industry working groups, including CIGRE Working Group WG D2.36, IEC, CENELEC, ETSI, ANSI and IEEE, associated with the development of public and industry standards.

Event kindly sponsored by: Burns & McDonnell