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Don’t Miss this event: Metering and Smart Grids – Caribbean

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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Metering and Smart Grids Caribbean is the place for leaders of the metering and smart grids businesses to craft the future strategy of the power industry’s game-changer.

A unique event – The program focuses solely on THE hottest issues facing organisations operating in the Caribbean.
Network with the Caribbean’s energy leaders –  You will get to meet the people with real purchasing power as well as project managers with practical hands on experience on their recent or imminent deployments. Inform your business – This key event will bring together the topics of AMI, Smart Grids, Smart Homes, Prepayment, Demand Side Management and Renewable Energy into one intensive three day event.

New and innovative event features – Speed Networking and Panel Debates Cutting edge case studies – Hear a wide range of case studies from pilots in the region as well as established experts from the US

Join the 2012 Metering and Smart Grids event now!

Sensus Provides AMI Communications Infrastructure for Grand Cayman Utility FlexNet wireless communications system offers higher protection against tropical storms and seamless interoperability with pre-pay billing application for a Caribbean utility

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 21, 2012) – Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC), the public electric utility which serves Grand Cayman, is building a new utility network infrastructure using the Sensus FlexNetTM advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for residential and commercial electricity customers.

CUC is implementing the wireless licensed spectrum FlexNet AMI system with only two tower base stations to cover all of Grand Cayman, an area of about 76 square miles. CUC is installing Sensus iCon® A electric meters for residential applications and iCon® APX electric meters for commercial customers with roughly 28,000 endpoints by the project’s completion. In conjunction with the FlexNet AMI installation, CUC has chosen to deploy a pre-pay billing application. Third party vendor Exceleron will partner with Sensus to provide its industry leading Prepaid Account Management System (PAMS), a hosted service sharing a common MultiSpeak interface.

PAMS will exchange data seamlessly with the FlexNet system and CUC’s customer information system (CIS). A phased deployment has begun and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

“The Sensus FlexNet system offered the right features and capabilities to meet the requirements of our AMI business case,” said Manager Engineering Services at CUC, Sacha Tibbetts. “We were further encouraged by the speed and available bandwidth of the FlexNet network which allows for the layering of future smart grid functionality.”

Mr. Tibbetts explained that CUC made its selection based on two main factors. The minimal infrastructure required by a point-to-multipoint wireless network was essential as it reduces storm damage risks and has a lower overall cost to install and maintain. The second major consideration was the need for a pre-paid billing option that could provide flexibility for part-time residents and visitors to the island as well as full time residents who want greater control over the amount of money they spend on electricity. Exceleron’s PAMS software has been successfully integrated with FlexNet and was made part of the proposal to CUC.

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Under a pre-paid plan, customers can buy electricity in any quantity without the need to have a security deposit on account. CUC’s pre-paid customers will receive notification of a low balance (in dollars) through email, text or automated voice messages as reminder for them to top up their balance. They will have the opportunity to track usage and make payments through a dedicated web portal as well as pay by phone, CUC kiosk or office. Based on consumer feedback, and experience in other Caribbean jurisdictions, CUC believes that the pre-paid form of electricity purchase will be very popular and they plan on making it available to as many customers as possible.

Installation of the full AMI system in the Caribbean island territory is expected to be straight forward As FCC licensed spectrum does not apply in the region, Sensus helped CUC secure and integrate licensed 900 MHz frequencies from the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) which governs spectrum for the Cayman Islands. The FlexNet system will be able to accommodate future applications for distribution automation and demand response.

“CUC is making the leap to smart grid in a very responsible, coordinated manner that will certainly improve service reliability and efficiency across the island,” said Randolph Wheatley, vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Sensus. I think the adaptability of our technology to meet specific needs in that part of the world certainly stood out and made the selection process much easier.”

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Sensus is a leading utility infrastructure company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation of energy and water. Learn more at

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Africa Investment Forum 2012: “Partnering with ECOWAS to accelerate investment”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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The President of Ghana HE John Atta Mills is pleased to announce that the 10th Africa Investment Forum will be held in Accra on 3rd—4th April 2012, in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

The Event is being organized by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and it will take place at the International Conference Centre, hosted by HE John Atta Mills.

Building on the last Forum held in Accra in 2010, this year’s theme “Partnering with ECOWAS to Accelerate Investment” will focus on the opportunity to access the growing regional market in a continent of one billion people.

The Forum will offer networking opportunities and the space to discuss prospects in key sectors like Agriculture, Infrastructure, Banking and Financial services, Tourism, Manufacturing, Energy, Oil and Gas.

President of the Republic of Ghana John Atta Mills Said: “Africa and its regions are showing strong economic growth with many countries achieving more than 5% per annum and a growing middle-class with rising purchasing power. The time is now ripe to build a bigger African internal market driven by new investment.

The Forum will therefore bring together business and government leaders from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, to work towards this goal.”

Speakers will include Heads of Government, Ministers and senior officials, as well as Chairs and Chief Executives of businesses, investment funds and other industries.

John Atta Mills said: “This Forum will showcase the best investment opportunities that Africa and the ECOWAS region have to offer. The Forum presents a platform for investors and project partners to explore and discuss investment opportunities with ECOWAS Heads of State.”

The two days event will also include business round tables and plenary dealing with issues from Energy: Power Generation & Transmission; Tourism, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship & Venture capital; Manufacturing and Consumer Goods; Telecoms and Transport: Roads, Rail and Ports

The Africa Investment Forum is one of the longest standing international business events on the continent. By bringing in new international investors and partners, over the last decade, the Forum has made a practical contribution to economic development in many Commonwealth African countries.

Current speakers include:

Ewan Cameron Chief Executive Officer at Lonhro Hotels

Amrei Botha Head – SME Banking at Standard Bank (South Africa)

Anthony Sykes Deputy General Manager, Business Development at SMBC Europe Limited

Marc Whittingham President at Canadian Commercial Corporation

Jerry Parkes Managing Principal at Injaro Investments

Keith Palmer Executive Chairman at Ag Dev Company

Hamid Malik President and CEO at Global Resources

Ashish Thakkar Group Managing Director at Mara Group


  1. Enhancing Regional trade and investment: ECOWAS—COMESA—SADC This plenary will look at ways of encouraging trade and investment with and between the ECOWAS, COMESA and SADC states.
  2. Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development. Cross border infrastructure development is a key issue in ensuring that African states can compete internationally.
  3. Plenary 3) Agribusiness and Food Security. This plenary will address issues of security of supply in the Agricultural industry, development of large scale commercial farming alongside small holder agriculture and how best to capitalize on Africa’s under-developed farming sector.

    4. SME development and Microfinance. SMEs are an important and effective means of generating employment and economic development.

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The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) was established in 1997 with a direct mandate from Heads of Commonwealth Governments to promote trade and investment amongst 54 member nations and in-crease economic linkages with non-member countries.

CBC’s goal is to achieve economic empowerment for shared global prosperity through the enhancement of private sector contribution to social and economic development.

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) is a government agency, designed to encourage, promote and facilitate investments in all sectors of the economy except mining and petroleum They are the one-stop agency that facilitates and supports local and foreign investors in both the manufac-turing and services sectors as they seek more value-creating operations, higher sustainable returns and new business opportunities.

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Africa Energy Indaba

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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World Energy Council Head To Deliver Closing Keynote Address at Africa Energy INDABA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

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Africa Energy Indaba is pleased to announce that Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council will be delivering the closing keynote address at the upcoming Africa Energy Indaba scheduled to take place from 21 -23 February 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The Africa Energy Indaba is an annual energy conference held in South Africa that brings together  – under one roof – Africa’s leading energy experts, government officials, financers and other relevant energy stakeholders to talk on energy projects, challenges and opportunities in Africa.

The World Energy Council formally recognises Africa Energy Indaba as the council’s African Regional Meeting, an event renowned as a leading energy gathering in the region which aims to facilitate interaction between energy leaders to plan the energy future and landscape of the continent.

Dr. Frei commented “Africa shares many of the global concerns of the energy leaders’ community. While there is no single silver bullet solution to respond to the varied nature of Africa’s energy challenges, the Africa Energy Indaba is an important forum to help leaders address the Energy Trilemma.”

This is well aligned with the objectives of the World Energy Council –as the principal impartial energy policy forum promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Frei to this very important event and are pleased to be aligned with such a well-respected global organisation represented by 3000 members from governments, the private sector, NGO’s and other energy stakeholders from over 90 countries , 20 of which are African states,” says Liz Hart, Managing Director of Africa Energy Indaba.

The World EnergyCouncil informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high level events, publishing authoritative studies and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the Energy Leaders’ dialogue.


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About Africa Energy Indaba 2012

The Africa Energy Indaba takes place from February 21 to 23 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg. The event brings together stakeholders from the global energy industry and the financial community, including energy providers, engineers, financial service providers, economists, government representatives
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