SAE Media Group's 4th annual Distribution Automation Europe conference will build upon our successful 2013 event, setting out how to facilitate the impact and growth of renewables and improve communication system architecture to increase the reliability and efficiency of future networks. Deploying a smart distribution network is a critical goal for utilities to help manage electricity needs by making grids more efficient, reliable, and secure and reducing carbon emissions. Next generation hardware and software for DA gives utilities many more options in meeting these goals.

Register for this great niche event that is key to the industry to hear case-study presentations on recent projects and lessons learned, combined with a distinguished international speaker line up from across Europe. Distribution Automation Europe will give you a clear understanding of how to derive maximum value from your distribution automation investments.

SMi's 4th annual event will enable you to meet and network with utilities and gather information. Hear about the most up to date topics to help you with your day to day activities and challenges.

The conference will cover a range of latest topics on self healing grids, technology platforms, and synchronizing platforms for robust smart grid communication.


• The new role of DSOs: IT and regulatory framework as key enablers
• Centralising distributed logical control for system performance improvement
• How Big Data Provides Utilities with a Unique Lever to Optimize the Grid
• Role and value of flexible technologies in supporting efficient Distribution Network Operation and development
• The integration of renewables using Voltage Regulated Distribution Transformer (VRDT)


• DA Program Managers
• Chief Engineers
• Directors of Smart Grid and Strategic Planning
• Vice Presidents
• Distribution Engineers
• Research and Development managers
• Senior Analyst
• Sales Director
• Senior project manager
• Director
• Storm Team Director
• Manager of Distribution Grid Operations
• Project manager
• Marketing Manager
• President
• Executive Director
• Managing Director
• Regulatory and Energy Policy Officer
• IT Solutions Manager
• Smart Grid Strategy Manager
• Chief Technology Officer
• Metering Infrastructure Manager
• Smart Grid Analyst
• Technical Sales Engineer/DA Specialist
• Systems Integration Engineer
• Technology Innovations Director
• Distribution Support Manager
• Senior Advisor
• Senior Research Analyst


Alliander; Cisco; Cranfield University; Dan & Adam Ltd; E D F Energy Plc; E N E L; E.ON Group; Electricity North West; Energy Technologies Institute; ERDF Electricite De France; Eurelectric; Fortum Distribution; general electric energy management; Imperial College London; L - 3 Communications Asa Ltd; MET Office; Mott Macdonald; Navigant Research; Newcastle University; NEXANT; Nexant Europe; Northern Electric; Northern Powergrid; Outram Research Ltd; Power Network Demonstration Centre ; S and C Electric Europe Ltd; Saudi Electricity Company; Scottish and Southern Electric; Siemens Energy; Smart Grid Networks; SSE; UK Power Networks ; University Of Bath; Vattenfall; Via Sat Inc; Viasat; Western Power Distribution;

Conference agenda



Registration & Coffee



Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Trebolle

David Trebolle, Active Management and Advanced Applications Operation, Union Fenosa Distribucion



The new role of DSOs: IT and regulatory framework as key enablers

David Trebolle

David Trebolle, Active Management and Advanced Applications Operation, Union Fenosa Distribucion

  • The smart grid process
  • The new role of DSOs
  • Flexibility and active system management
  • The new era of IT and control systems


Automation to increase flexibility in low carbon distribution networks

Ian Madley

Ian Madley, Associate Director, Business Relations, Electrical Energy and Power Systems Research Group, University of Manchester

·         Integration of distributed generation
·         Integration of storage and demand response
·         Voltage control in future networks


Morning Coffee



Centralising distributed logical control for system performance improvement

John Kirkwood

John Kirkwood, Automation NCP Manager, Scottish Power

·         Defining Logic sequences for networks with OH UG and mixed topologies.
·         Common challenges to adding greater levels of intelligence to system logical control
·         Sustaining logical functionality with reduced remote I/O, but making the correct decision.
·         Migrating to open standard systems and protocols.


How Big Data Provides Utilities with a Unique Lever to Optimize the Grid

Stuart Neumann

Stuart Neumann , Senior Manager, Verdantix

·         What market forces are driving the transformation of the power and utilities sector?
·         What data-driven technology innovations are emerging for the utilities sector?
·         What are the usage scenarios for smart grid data analytics?


Networking Lunch



Grid Applications and Associated Supportive Communication Network Requirements

Donivon  Hettich

Donivon Hettich, Director, Grid Connectivity, S & C Electric Co

Description:  As Smart Grid applications advance, they continue to increase their demands on communication system architectures.  Choosing an appropriate, enabling communication subsystem is essential to ensure that the applications are served with the necessary communication capabilities.  This session illustrates the communication subsystem requirements to properly enable the grid applications of today and tomorrow, while showing the benefits and limitations of different communication architectures.  Specific examples of Smart Grid Distributed Intelligence applications are discussed, along with their imposed communication requirements – both functional and performance.  Attendees will leave with a better consideration of Smart Grid Distributed Intelligence applications and the requirements imposed on the enabling communication technologies, and will leave with an understanding of when to select specific communication topologies.



ITIL for OT: OTIL? - Configuration management of field equipment

Frans Campfens

Frans Campfens, Senior Innovation Manager, Alliander

·         What is configuration management
o    Definition and scope
o    Configuration management vs Asset management
·         Configuration requirements and complexity
·         Configuration management and DTAP
·         Configuration management as part of ITIL
o    Example of ITIL process


Afternoon Tea



Distribution Planning in the era of Smart Grids - The position of CIGRE

Samuel Jupe

Samuel Jupe, Network Innovation Manager , Nortech Management Ltd

• The planning process, at present, hinges very strongly on data related to customers usage and city planning to form accurate load forecasts, which is the main input into the technical planning portion of studies.
• Little or no consideration is given to distributed generation or demand side integration in the development of these forecasts and distribution.
• Whilst of interest to many utilities, demand-side integration and active distribution network solutions are not yet deployed as viable alternatives in the planning process.
• The most suitable planning methods and potential tools that could ensure the transition to future distribution networks, overcoming the inadequacies and shortcomings of current practices, will be identified with practical examples



The convergence of AMI and distribution automation

Colin Mckerracher

Colin Mckerracher, Senior Analyst , Bloomberg New Energy Finance

The smart grid industry has long recognised that smart meters are more than simple billing and demand-management tools and can be used to enhance the performance of distribution automation applications like Volt/VAR optimisation, asset monitoring and outage management. The notion of ‘AMI-DA convergence’ offers potential cost savings to utilities and new markets for vendors. However, a closer look reveals that while utilities are integrating meter data into some distribution automation applications, progress is still mixed. 

This presentation will analyse the ways in which meter data is being integrated into distribution automation applications, including:
- Data integration status at different utilities globally
- Lessons learned
- Long term outlook and implications for integrating renewables into the distribution grid in Europe



Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

David Trebolle

David Trebolle, Active Management and Advanced Applications Operation, Union Fenosa Distribucion



Registration & Coffee



Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ian Madley

Ian Madley, Associate Director, Business Relations, Electrical Energy and Power Systems Research Group, University of Manchester



European DSOs and their role in the smart energy system

Pavla Mandatova

Pavla Mandatova, Advisor, Eurelectric

  • European DSOs: roles and ambitions
  • Active distribution system management for integration of distributed energy resources
  • Smart distribution network investments: what regulation do we need?


The integration of renewables using voltage regulated distribution transformer (VRDT)

Robert Heiliger

Robert Heiliger, Project Portfolio Manager, E.ON Innovation Center Distribution

·         Uptake of Renewables forces DSOs to upgrade networks
·         Conventional grid extension measures ease the problem – however, at high costs
·         Voltage regulated distribution transformers are available as market ready solution and provide an economic alternative to integrate more renewables and new loads into the grid
·         E.ON is using this technology as standard product, but also investigating other controllers further down in LV DSO networks


Morning Coffee



Pushing the envelope

Stewart Reid

Stewart Reid, Future Networks and Policy Manager, SSE

·         How SSEPD are deriving more benefits from automation
·         How SSE are blending asset management and automation
·         How automation is linking with big data to move the game to the next level


61850: An enabler for a flexible and durable Smart Grids

Bas Mulder

Bas Mulder, Senior Consultant, DNV GL - Energy

·         History of 61850 and transition from TSO to DSO
·         Integration of smart meter data
·         Automation and fault recovery
·         Low cost standardized and conformant devices


Networking Lunch



Exploring the value of data analytics in operational and strategic decision support

Robin Hagemans

Robin Hagemans, Manager Grid Information & Control, Alliander

·         Challenges for Alliander
·         Data domains and characteristics
·         Exploring value of data analytics
·         Examples of solutions in data analytics


Load Characterisation from Smart Metering - From big data to smart date

Furong  Li

Furong Li, Professor, University Of Bath

·         Differences in local and national load characteristics for mass consumers
·         Key limitations for mass demand responses with national load characterisation
·         Drawbacks with existing  techniques for local load characterisation
·         Alternative local load characterisation for effective demand responses


Afternoon Tea



FALCON Project - Intelligent planning and design for smart grids

Eugene Butan

Eugene Butan, Senior Research Fellow, Cranfield University

  • Creating a business case for new technology
  • Prognostics in network simulation as a route to lower technology costs
  • Integration of local knowledge into the strategic network planning process
  • Ensuring robustness of network investment plans


Electricity North West Smart Street Project – Application of conservation voltage reduction to a DNO network

  • Project aims and objectives
  • Project scope
  • Application of smart grid technologies to DNO networks

Kevin  Hoban

Kevin Hoban, Future Networks Project Manager , Electricity North West

Damien  Coyle

Damien Coyle, Future Networks Engineer, Electricity North West



Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Ian Madley

Ian Madley, Associate Director, Business Relations, Electrical Energy and Power Systems Research Group, University of Manchester

Active Management and Advanced Applications Operation
Union Fenosa Distribucion
Senior Innovation Manager
Senior Consultant
DNV GL - Energy
Project Portfolio Manager
E.ON Innovation Center Distribution
Senior Manager
Manager Grid Information & Control
Associate Director, Business Relations, Electrical Energy and Power Systems Research Group
University of Manchester
Future Networks and Policy Manager
Future Networks Project Manager
Electricity North West
Future Networks Engineer
Electricity North West
Network Innovation Manager
Nortech Management Ltd
Director, Grid Connectivity
S & C Electric Co
Automation NCP Manager
Scottish Power
University Of Bath
Senior Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Senior Research Fellow
Cranfield University

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Research Partner


Interview with David Trebolle


Sponsors and Exhibitors

S&C Electric Company

Sponsors and Exhibitors

“Founded in 1911, S&C Electric Company is a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. The Chicago based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for electric power transmission and distribution. S&C Electric Europe Ltd. commenced operation in 2008 when S&C Electric Company recognised the need to have local sales and engineering support in the area due to the increase in sales. Since this date, S&C Electric Europe Ltd. has been providing electrical switching and protection equipment including cutting edge solutions for implementing smart grids, integrating renewable resources, and energy storage applications to utilities and large power users. S&C Electric Europe operates throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. S&C Electric Europe Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of S&C Electric Company and is part of the S&C global network of regional business units. S&C Electric Europe Ltd. is headquartered in Swansea, Wales with additional offices in Manchester and Abu-Dhabi.”

Media Partners

Israeli Smart Energy Association

Research Partner

With its inherent “innovative culture” being a cornerstone of the Israeli economy, Israel is emerging as a key player in the innovative Smart Energy domain, leveraging its experience, skills, and infrastructure from the established world leading high tech field where Israeli industry and its achievements are much known worldwide. The Israeli Smart Energy Association, ISEA, serves as a national platform, bringing together local and global Smart Energy players and stakeholders to share knowledge, drive initiatives, and build partnerships. The goal of ISEA is to position Israel as one of the leading countries in the Smart Energy domain; both in terms of developing local innovative industry, as well as local adoption and deployment of Smart Energy solutions. Through its members, supporters, and affiliations, ISEA has become the Israeli focal point for all issues and businesses related to the modernization of the Power Network, with a network and intimate engagement with hundreds of relevant players in Israel and abroad, close cooperation with the relevant Israeli ministries, and on-going working relationships with the key countries around the world.

Media Partners

A. Cullen & Associates, Inc.


With our finger on the pulse of the ever-evolving Smart Grid, commodities and energy industries, and our eyes clearly focused on the future, we offer clients a distinct and important advantage in identifying and recruiting the talent required to adapt and succeed in the face of change. Backed by over a decade of industry experience, we have a track record of building profitable teams in these niche sectors. Armed with a keen understanding of legislative and regulatory change, industry business model evolution and human capital trends, we help our clients continually stay one step ahead of the competition.

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The SBWWI is a lively trade association representing the interests of UK manufacturers, contractors, consultants and service suppliers for the Water and Wastewater industry. It’s aims are to help members serve the industry better by providing a forum for discussion and the dissemination of information and has become recognised as an influential Trade Association within the UK water industry. SBWWI has launched a Smart Metering Suppliers Forum, to provide support to those supplying metering and smart metering technologies and services. The Forum will keep members up to date on smart metering issues as they evolve, provide a forum for discussing challenges and opportunities, will run a number of workshops throughout the year to address specific issues and will engage directly with the Ofwat Smart Metering Advisory Group and Water UK’s Smart Metering Networks Group. For further information, please contact: Carol Hickman, Executive Director, SBWWI on Tel: 01926 831530; email: val.chamberlain@sbwwi.co.uk; web: www.sbwwi.co.uk

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HomePlug Alliance


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The Water Network


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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