Summary

Despite the many tangible and long-term net positive benefits, gas utilities have not been adopting advanced metering infrastructure system (AMI) at the same rate as electric utilities. AMI for natural gas distribution systems can achieve substantial impacts for customers and utility operations, but a successful deployment requires remarkable system implementation, careful planning and integration processes.

Although a standalone gas AMI implementation is not typical, Rene Garcia - Manager in SoCalGas’ Business Development area – was part of the leadership team that recently completed the largest gas AMI implementation in the country. In this session, Rene will share his experience on the operational benefits (original estimates and actual) an AMI project brings. Get an inside look into the management framework you will need to achieve your gas AMI deployment as planned and ensure the many benefits are achieved.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What it takes to complete a large AMI Implementation
  • The net-positive benefits for customers and utilities
  • Original estimated vs. actual achieved benefits
  • Step by step management framework to ensure successful deployment
  • Tips to help justify your business case for such projects

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This is Webinar #2 of a 3-part series focusing on gas network reliability and resiliency. Watch Webinar #1 to learn how AMI Data Helps Gas Utilities & Their Customers Understand Consumption Patterns.

Speakers

Rene Garcia

Manager in Business Development
SoCalGas

Rene Garcia has been with the Sempra Energy family of companies for more than 21 years. Currently, he is a manager in SoCalGas’ Business Development organization, focused on policy, technology and implementation strategies in support of California’s clean energy transition.

Previously, Rene was part of Sempra International where he led a small consulting team focused on AMI strategy and planning for a Sempra-owned electric distribution company in Valparaiso, Chile. And just prior to his international assignment, Rene was the PMO manager for SoCalGas’ 6 million-meter, gas only AMI deployment. As part of the PMO, Rene was responsible for project governance, benefits realization, and regulatory strategy, including serving as the witness for the 2016 and 2019 GRCs.

Tom Coleman (Webinar Host)

Director Enterprise Sales - Natural Gas
Aclara

Tom Coleman has 30+ years of experience in the utility sector, including stints with New Jersey American Water and Honeywell’s Smart Energy Gas Division (previously Elster/American Meter) where he managed the sales and marketing team for the US, Canada, Mexico and South America. He currently handles sales for Aclara’s enterprise natural gas market segment.

Overview

Title: Building the Business Case for a Gas Only Advanced Metering Infrastructure Deployment

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 1 hour
 

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