By - Jon Brown

Advanced Smart Metering
March 20, 2018 | Denver, CO

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The energy industry is increasingly focused on customer satisfaction, reliability, cost savings and energy efficiency. As a strategic response, many utilities are turning to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). While smart metering technology alone can catalyze growth within the organization, utility leaders need to consider pairing these cutting-edge fixtures with equally advanced ancillary systems. AMI and customer systems can achieve substantial grid impacts and benefits for customers and utilities. Smart meters are necessary if we are to realize a smart electrical grid and in turn create a market in distributed energy resources (DER).

This course is designed to take an in-depth dive on smart meter technologies and the overall functionality. The instructors will discuss specific ways in which smart meters are already transforming the utility landscape and will continue to do so.  Course attendees will take away additional knowledge and resources required to implement effective solutions for their company and enjoy networking with industry peers. Lessons learned from the instructor’s experience on hundreds of successful projects will be incorporated throughout.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the integration process of smart meter data into a utilities customer service and asset management systems
  • Discuss how smart meters have become an essential part in operations management
  • Discuss how computerizing the traditional grid with AMI enables the development of new and dynamic rate offerings
  • Evaluate how smart meters enable analytics solutions to help utilities map and navigate their own grids in entirely new ways
  • Discuss how utilities can share their networks with one another



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

  • Leveraging the Smart Grid Foundation
    • Overview
    • How the smart grid leverages AMI
    • Realizing the smart grid of the future through AMI technology
  • Integrations with other IT Systems
    • The decision system based on the treatment of big data
    • Benefits of integrating AMI and customer systems
    • How to integrate
  • Operations Management
    • Distribution Automation (DA)
    • Demand Response (DR)
    • Outage Management
    • Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR)/Volt VAR Optimization (VVR)
    • Street Lighting
  • Pricing/Rate Programs
    • Time of Use (TOU) Rates
    • Pre-Pay
    • Other Pricing Programs
  • Analytics
    • Data Repository
    • Analytics Tools
    • Utility AMI analytics are entering a new phase of growth
  • Sharing the Network with another Utility
    • Shared grid vision
    • Collaboration between utilities
    •  Scalability


Jim Ketchledge, President and CEO, Excergy Corporation

Mr. Ketchledge is a certified PMP, is one of the most experienced and successful AMI and Smart Grid project managers in the industry and the founder of Excergy Corporation. He has built a career around successfully delivering highly complex and multidimensional projects ranging from space satellite systems to electrical utility Smart Grid projects. With more than 30 years of experience, he is a recognized leader in the utility industry who has helped dozens of clients from the early stages of projects through to “go-live.” He has melded project management skills, deep technical and engineering expertise, along with people and change management skills to manage all aspects of intricate implementations. His experience includes leading one of the very first Meter Data Management System (MDMS) implementations in the industry, deploying many complex utility projects, and rescuing troubled projects for various utilities. His project management work has contributed significantly to projects that have won industry awards for outstanding performance.

Mr. Ketchledge joined GE at the start of his career and was selected for the Prestigious Edison Engineering program where he was a finalist for the Young Engineer of the Year in 1991. He then progressed through various engineering and management leadership positions at Hughes Electronics, Convergent Group, and Enspiria Solutions, where he helped grow the start-up business from inception to successful acquisition by Black & Veatch in 2010. He has authored many articles and is a utility conference fixture with highly rated workshops and courses. His 2015 book, “Successful Smart Grid Implementation,” is the definitive guide on smart grid project development and implementation. Jim holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University and Syracuse University, respectively.

Lynn Adams, Vice President and Executive Consultant, Excergy Corporation

Ms. Adams provides business and management consulting services to clients as they integrate business strategy with operational demands. With more than 25 years of experience in the consulting / utility industry in both energy and water sectors, her work encompasses strategy development and business consulting for various clients, as well as sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Clients have recognized her ability to impact direction and create enduring strategy. Ms. Adam’s book, The Art of Strategic Leadership, provides a practical planning guide and approach to lead organizations through uncertain times that includes overall strategic direction and practical execution plans.

Prior to joining Excergy in 2013, she served in a variety of positions during her near 20-year tenure at R. W. Beck / SAIC including Vice President for the Utility Business Consulting practice and on the Board of Directors of R. W. Beck. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Certificate in Change Leadership, both from Cornell University.

Mark Hatfield, Executive Consultant, Excergy

Mr. Hatfield brings 25 years of experience in utility operational technologies. His wide-ranging expertise includes project management, strategic visioning, business process modeling, requirements definition, business case development, vendor selection, integration and implementation planning, system configuration, deployment strategies, and project audits. Mr. Hatfield specializes in providing consulting and architecture support for the acquisition, deployment, integration and implementation of Smart Grid, meter data management, field automation, mobile workforce management, and geospatial systems for gas, water, and electric utilities. He holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Geography from the University of Illinois and the U.S. Air Force Academy, respectively.

Joel Westvold, Executive Consultant and Sr. Program Manager, Excergy

Mr. Westvold brings a unique perspective to addressing smart grid issues facing utilities based upon his 30 years of experience implementing programs at utilities and providing technology solutions to utility customers. He has experience in a senior management capacity for a large electric utility as well as executive management experience with a technology solutions provider to the utility industry. During his 20-year career at Portland General Electric, Joel led a team that implemented an award winning AMI project that involved the installation of over 800,000 electric meters, the network to communicate with the meters and integration of the technology with utility systems to gain the most financial benefit and efficiency possible. In his role with a technology provider prior to joining Excergy in 2015, he led teams of engagement directors and project managers in the delivery of nearly a hundred smart grid projects, including an area of focus on several large projects of over 1 million meters/endpoints. Joel is passionate about doing everything possible to see clients succeed in their smart grid projects. Mr. Westvold brings a number of skills ranging from project management, engineering expertise, strong people management, and communications at all levels within the organization to assure that success is achieved. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University.


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