Let CS Week Be Your Meter-to-Cash Stimulus Package

President Barack Obama’s energy plan provides money and a public spotlight to the multiple facets of energy use, generation, exploration and conservation that his administration will address. With a projected energy budget of $150 billion over the next 10 years and a goal of creating 5 million jobs while building a clean energy future, the Obama administration brings unprecedented change for utilities.

As electric utility executives reassess goals and strategies to maximize benefits of the new plan, CS Week offers timely, targeted courses and workshops designed to add value to your bottom line.

As the president pledges to fast-track green-energy investment, Energy Efficiency and Conservation debuts in 2009 as its own educational track offering seven workshops. High-level presentations examine the topic at CS Week Executive Summit and CS Week College, including building the business case for energy efficiency (EE). Participants in Penni McLean-Conner’s CS Week College course, -Energy Efficiency: Principles and Practices, will receive a copy of her new book by the same name, published by PennWell.

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and meter data management (MDM), essential to President Obama’s goal to reduce electric demand by 15 percent by 2020, are pillars of each educational venue at CS Week. An AMI/MDM shoot-out in Executive Summit debates AMI’s role in the smart grid, economic modeling and the possibility of an economic payback for fully deployed automatic meter reading (AMR). CS Week College presents a one-day AMI course while Conference 33 offers six AMI workshops and five MDM choices. At least five of the exhibitor showcase workshops focus on the meter-to-cash specifics of AMI and MDM.

President Obama proposes money to research and develop plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. A CS Week workshop is already scheduled to address electric utility challenges in creating and billing for the plug-in capacity needed for a million vehicles.

CS Week Synergy Groups, long a forum for application user groups, adds Legacy CIS and Call Centers to 311 in its business process groups. As the giant steps to a new national energy model consume resources, Legacy CIS brings the successful working knowledge of utilities running vendor-developed or in-house-designed legacy systems together with utilities looking at the options for not purchasing a new CIS system in the short term. Discussions will include Tres CIS; CS&A’s Utility Billing System; Actron’s CSS, PWC’s Service 2000; Anderson Consulting’s Customer/1; and IBM’s CCS.

Keynote speakers for our general sessions are Spencer Abraham, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Rick Sergel, president and CEO of North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

The president says that energy efficiency is the cheapest way to conserve energy. The facts, federal strategies and implementation of his vision will take time, money and many hands. CS Week offers meter-to-cash utilities a timely, targeted and cost-effective format to broaden the knowledge of electric utility personnel at all levels: CS Week 2009 and Conference 33, May 18-22, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in metro Washington, D.C.

Further information, agendas and a digital copy of the conference program are available at www.csweek.org.

Jerry Duvall, CEO, CS Week

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