SGN Lessons from the Real World Webinar Archives


The Smart Grid News Lessons from the Real World webinar series brings together industry experts to discuss timely issues important to the electric utility sector. With the links below you can access replays of the webinars as well as presentation materials provided by our expert panelists.


Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines

Presented April 22, 2014 with BRIDGE Energy Group and BC Hydro. Panelists: Forrest Small, Vice President of Grid Optimization Strategy, BRIDGE Energy Group; Ranjan Raja, Meter Data and Operations Integration Manager, BC Hydro.


Forget about Big Data! (Start with Small Data)
Presented April 2, 2014 with eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy. Panelists:




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Larsh Johnson, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer IC Smart Grid Software & Services, eMeter; Aaron DeYonker, Vice President of Products, eMeter; Bill Bell, Technology Director, Analytics & Data Services, CenterPoint Energy, and Raiford Smith, Director, Emerging Technology, Duke Energy.


End-to-End Asset Health

Presented Sept. 11, 2013 with ABB, Ventyx and AEP. Panelists: Carey Schneider, Engineer, Asset Health Center, American Electric Power Company (AEP); Gary Rackliffe, VP Smart Grids North America, ABB, Inc., and  Chris Lemay, Product Manager, Ventyx


Best Practices in IT/OT Convergence

Presented Aug. 21, 2013 with Schneider Electric. Panelists:

Jeff Meyers, Schneider Electric and former President of Telvent Miner & Miner;

John Dirkman, Senior Product Manager, Smart Grid Global at Schneider Electric; and

Fred Fletcher, Assistant General Manager/Power Supply at Burbank Water & Power.


Data Analytics: How BGE is Benefiting from AMI Data

Presented March 26, 2013 with Accenture.  Panelists: Matt Comte, Senior Manager, and Chandra Shekhar Raj, Data Analytics Project Manager, both of Accenture, and Tom Humphreys, Project Manager, Advanced Metering Capabilities at Baltimore Gas & Electric. 


Cellular's Role in Smart Grids

Presented March 14, 2013 with Qualcomm. Panelists: Jason Ellis, Staff Manager, Business Development, and Sunvir Gujral, Product Manager, both of Qualcomm, and Jeff Norman, VP Emerging Technologies at SAIC.


Full-Circle Customer Engagement: Why, When and How

Presented Jan. 16, 2013 with Opower. Panelists: Ogi Kavazovic, VP of Marketing & Strategy at Opower, and Bob Lockhart, Senior Research Analyst with Pike Research.


Success secrets of OG&E's smart grid deployment

Presented Nov. 1, 2012 with IBM.  Panelists: Joel Webb, Oklahoma Gas & Electric's Expert Solution Architect, and Ed Rossi, Senior Product Management and Strategy Leader for Smarter Infrastructure at IBM.


Customer engagement with IHDs

Presented Oct. 17, 2012, with Tendril. Panelists: Mark Smith, Principal, Smart Energy, Reliant Energy ; Mark Eddings, Director of Marketing, Residential Retention, Reliant Energy; Mike Ruth, Senior Director, Strategy, Tendril, and Matt Smith, Director of Firmware Engineering, Tendril.


Breakthrough techniques for engaging electric power customers

Presented Sept. 25, 2012, with IBM. Panelists: Patty Durand, Executive Director of Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Vickie Dorris, Solution Leader, IBM Energy & Utilities Industry.


Leveraging Behavioral Science for Persistent Customer Engagement

Presented June 7, 2012 with Tendril. Panelists: Gail Allen of Kansas City Power & Light and Dr. Paul Cole, Tendril VP of Consumer Products


Path to an Integrated Network Operating Center

Presented May 30, 2012 with Accenture. Panelists: Karen Lefkowitz, VP of Business Transformation for Pepco Holdings and Vaibhav Parmar, who leads the wireless network practice at Accenture.


Science of Customer Engagement

Presented April 24, 2012 with Tendril. Panelists: Dr. Paul Cole, Tendril VP of Consumer Products; Patty Durand, Executive Director of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, and Delta Sonderman, Product Development Manager at Duke Energy.


The Path to Advanced Asset Management

Presented March 20, 2012 with Utilicase. Panelists: Marc-Andre Forget, Chief Technology Officer at Utilicase; Thomas Ta, Performance Asset Manager for BC Hydro, and Bob Moisan, President of The Glarus Group.


Comparing Cellular with Other Communications Technologies for the Smart Grid

Presented Jan. 18, 2012 with Qualcomm. Panelists: Joseph Ho from Qualcomm Corporate R&D Group; Brian Huey, smart grid specialist at Sprint Nextel; and Matt Gillmore, Director of Enterprise Architecture and Standards at Consumers Energy.


Hard Won Wisdom for Smart Meter Deployments

Presented Aug. 24, 2011 with Accenture. Panelists: Jessica Baker, project manager for smart grid meter installation and provisioning at Baltimore Gase & Electric, and Shanu Nigam, senior manager in the Smart Grid Practice at Accenture.


Breakthrough Best Practices for Merging IT and OT

Presented July 25, 2011 with Accenture. Panelists: Wade Malcolm, Accenture's Senior Director of Smart Grid Operational Technology, and Mark Wyatt, Vice President of Grid and Smart Energy Systems at Duke Energy.


Meter Data Management Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

Presented June 8, 2011 with IBM. Panelists: Dr. David Shipman of IBM's Energy & Utilities practice hard Wozniak, an information management program director for the IBM Software Group.


Smart Grid Security - How to Protect Both New and Legacy Equipment

Presented Jan. 27, 2011 with Accenture. Panelists: Robert Humphrey, lead IT security analyst for Duke Energy, and Eric Trapp, North America lead for Accenture's security practice


Achieving the Ultimate Communications Network

Presented Dec. 14, 2010 with IBM. Panelists: Geoffrey Jue, Director, America Energy & Utilities Leader at IBM and Robert Frazier, Director of Technology, CenterPoint Energy.


Next Generation Asset Management

Presented Dec. 8, 2010 with Accenture. Panelists: Thor Hjartarson, Manager , System Reliability Planning at Toronto Hydro; Bruno Jesus, Manager, Asset Strategies and Standards at Hydro One, and Paul Yarka, Accenture Smart Grid Services Asset Management Practice lead.


Making the Business Case for Smart Meters

Presented Oct. 14, 2010 with eMeter.Panelists: Rick Morgan, District of Columbia PSC Commissioner, Steve Sunderhauf, Manager Program Evaluation, Pepco, and Chris King, Chief Regulatory Office at eMeter.


Secrets of Customer Adoption

Presented June 17, 2010 with Accenture. Panelists: Greg Guthridge, Managing Partner - Accenture Retail and Business Services for Utilities; Bart Schoonbaert, Manager - Global Research Lead, Accenture, and Jim Nelson, Senior Marketing Manager, Power Smart BC Hydro.


High Performance in Talent and Organizations

Presented March 10, 2010 with Accenture. Panelists: Bill Devereaux, Senior Director Smart Meter, Pacific Gas & Electric; Susan Christensen, Partner, Talent and Organization Performance, North American Utilities Lead, Accenture; Brian Payne, Partner, Talent and Organization Performance, North American Smart Grid Opportunities Lead, Accenture, and Bernie Bujnowski, Principal, BJB Consulting.


High Performance in Data Management - Moving from Overload to Insights

Presented Jan. 20, 2010 with Accenture. Panelists: Randy Huston, Program Delivery Executive, SmartGridCity, Xcel Energy; Dr. Jeffrey Taft, Global Smart Grid Chief Architect, Accenture, and Peter Belknap, Director of Fusion Middleware Product Management at Oracle.


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