AMI, Demand Response, & Smart Grid Learning Session Now at MEA's Electric Operations Conference

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Midwest ENERGY Association announces an AMI, demand response, and smart grid learning session to be held on May 6, 2009 before MEA's 10th Annual Electric Operations Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL. This session is being offered in partnership with Utilimetrics: Alliance for Advanced Metering & Data Management Solutions.

Midwest ENERGY Association announces an AMI, demand response, and smart grid learning session to be held on May 6, 2009 before MEA's 10th Annual Electric Operations Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL. This session is being offered in partnership with Utilimetrics: Alliance for Advanced Metering & Data Management Solutions.

One of the many benefits of modern two-way advanced metering systems, energy demand management systems, and automation technologies lies in the realm of distribution system optimization, system control and operation management decision support, outage notification and outage management. The integration of AMI data, system automation, and demand management applications into distribution and outage management systems (DMS/OMS) and business processes offers utilities benefits from increased reliability and customer service to greater energy efficiencies. The course will focus on these specific benefits and leveraging the power of the AMI, Meter Data Management, modern DMS/OMS systems, DR and Smart Grid applications to take the performance of both utility operations and T&D system assets to the next plateau of excellence.

John Gann, vice president, electric operations for Midwest ENERGY Association says, "We are pleased to be working with Utilimetrics to offer high-end education for our respective members. Now, more than ever, a highly capable workforce will drive the success of the electric industry." MEA's Annual Electric Operations Conference, brings together utility and contractor officers, directors, managers, crew leaders, and field personnel. Overhead, underground, safety/training, substation, codes/standards, metering, and distribution reliability groups each plan a series of classroom tracks which feature industry-expert presentations and sharing of successful practices. Many suppliers also attend and exhibit their products and services to the people who buy and use them.

The 10th Annual Electric Operations Conference (EOC) will be held May 6-8, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Springfield. The half-day session "Improve Electric Operations with AMI, Demand Response, and Smart Grid" is on May 6. To register go to http://www.midwestenergy.org. For information about the conference contact John Gann at (651) 289-9600 x105.

MEA, Midwest ENERGY Association, serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to American homes. MEA was founded as a training association over 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide now benefit from MEA's industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry. Our not-for-profit fee structure delivers to members and subscribers the best possible training at the lowest possible cost in the areas of natural gas, liquids, OSHA, electric, and leadership training.

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