ABOUT THE PEER GROUP
The Smartgrid Utility Peer Group similarly networks and advocates electric and water Smartgrid and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) professionals at utilities (not vendors). Membership in this group is led by a panel of utility peers worldwide, with Southern California Edison (SCE) chairing the Platinum Member Advisory Group when we launched in 2007.
The panel includes one leading utility per continent/region with SCE initially named as the lead for North America. Each having equal input, panel members in this Advisory Board simply provide direction and suggestions for ongoing improvement of the groups value. The panel also spreads the word to other utilities in their region/continent.
The mission of the group is to enable electric and water utilities worldwide to share business best practices and experiences related to business case development, technology project management, implementation and operation of Smartgrid, Advanced Metering, and Customer Technology/Billing/CRM systems. By focusing on the business side, this initiative contrasts with technical forums already in existence. Participants in the Smartgrid/AMI Awards and Global Smartgrid/AMI Utility Peer Group include an impressive representation of utilities worldwide, with involvement by leaders such as Entergy (USA), Southern Company (USA), Guernsey Electric (UK), EDF (France), ENEL (Italy), Country Energy (Australia), Metro Water (TN), Duke Energy, PPL Electric, Ampla Energia (Brazil), Scottish Power (UK), Chatham Kent Hydro (Canada), Ekurhuleni Electricity (Africa), ESKOM (Africa), North Delhi Power (Asia), etc.
THE ANNUAL PEER GROUP WORKSHOP
To kick off the group, the first Peer Group Workshop was open to utilities only (with no exceptions) and allowed for a free flow of utility exchange of best practices. Sponsored by Southern California Edison, attendance was capped so that ad hoc information exchange remained interactive.
The first gathering, held in California March 27-28, 2007 included an SCE tour on March 28.
The 2007 event was very successful, with more utilities requesting to come than we had seats available. This is one of the very unique factors of the meeting, not to mention the fact that absolutely no vendor was permitted to attend in 2007.
The Spring 2008 Workshop was hosted by DTE Energy. Only invited utilities were in attendance.
The Spring 2009 Workshop was hosted by SCE in California. Only invited utilities could register and no vendors were in attendance.
The Spring 2010 Workshop was hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric in California. Only invited utilities could register and no vendors were in attendance.
For the next workshop, another leading utility has asked to host this exclusive networking event. The host and location will be emailed to our elite group of utility members in November 2011.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS GROUP?
- A core group of utilities started the group, with representation from virtually every corner of the world
- Membership is not open to vendors or consultants
- Members have multiple venues to share information among each other (ie utilities only message board, annual member sharing questionnaire, spring workshop, etc.)
- The workshop is organized/run and attended by utilities only -- with the agenda developed by utility members themselves. No vendors are involved and no vendors attend the spring workshop.
- A limited number of utilities are invited to the Spring workshop, and we cap the number of utilities that can attend.
- The group is focused on the business and customer side of utilities
- The group has two general areas that utilities can participate in: 1)operational side of AMI and Smartgrid; and 2)the customer care and customer technology aspects of project management