Wednesday, 12 September 2018

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Keynote

Chairman and moderator: Albert Butare, Former Minister of State: Energy and Water / CEO, Africa Energy Services Group, Rwanda

09:30

Organiser’s welcome:

  • Kelly Easton, Programme Director, Spintelligent, South Africa

09:35

Sponsor’s welcome:

  • Johan  Helberg, Country Manager, Siemens, Kenya

09:40

Host ministry welcome address:

  • Dr Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya

10:00 – 10:15

Presentation: Setting the scene – Energy programmes in the COMESA region

11:00 – 13:00

Exhibition tour, networking and lunch break

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Regional utility solutions

Room: Lenana

Session 2.1

The digital utility continued. What can be done to accelerate integration and what are the tools to reduce technical losses?

Moderator: Rebekah Shirley, Chief Research Officer, Power for All, Kenya

13:00 – 13:15

Presentation: Digital utility plans in progress

Johan  Helberg, Country Manager, Siemens, Kenya / Marco Rahner, Head of Technical Sales and Engineering, Siemens, South Africa

13:15 – 14:15

Panel discussion: Embracing digital disruption – what have we learnt from the digital utility shift?

  • What are the latest grid innovations?
  • Skills and workforce readiness
  • Developing an integrated energy plan: planning for off-grid and grid expansion
  • How do we ensure utilities aren’t left behind when it comes to advancements?
  • Johan Helberg, Country Manager, Siemens, Kenya
  • Miroslav Poljak, Member of Managing Board, Koncar, Croatia
  • Anthony Mburu , Business Development, Telsa, Kenya

Eduoard Heripret, General Manager East Africa, Schneider Electric, Kenya

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Alternative energy solutions

Room: Aberdares

Session 2.2

Bankability of mini-grid projects

Moderator: Pepin Tchouate, Regional Technical Adviser, Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Programme (PATRP), Kenya

13:00 – 13:15

Presentation: Achieving scale in distributed generation through standardisation and results-based financing

Sam Duby, Africa Director, TFE Consulting, South Africa

13:15 – 14:15

Panel discussion: Improving the outlook and bankability of mini-grid projects – how do we heighten the financial appetite for the sector?

  • How do we fast-track building large pipelines of projects
  • Sharing some of the innovative work
  • Solutions around losses due to high or uncertain inflation
  • Interest rates from commercial loans
  • Working together to reach the same goals
  • Orjan Alexander Pedersen, Founder and COO, Empower New Energy, Norway
  • Andrew Githaiga, Head of Regional Lending, SunFunder, Kenya
  • Aaron Leopold, CEO, Africa Mini –grid Developers Association (AMDA), Kenya

Ricardo Ridolfi, CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda

14:15 – 14:45

Networking and coffee break

Session 3.1

Enhancing customer service and communication to drive utility revenues

Moderator: Robert Kisubi, Senior Partner, Songa Communications, Uganda

14:45 – 15:00

Presentation: Restructuring to drive revenue generation for utilities

Jeremiah K. Kiplagat Director, Kenya Power, Kenya

15:00 – 16:00

Panel discussion: What has the greatest success in curbing theft and increasing customer payment?

  • How can we encourage the public to report theft?
  • Increasing customer convenience
  • What are the benefits of raising and improving a utility’s public perception
  • Badru M. Kiggundu, Chairperson: Projects Steering Committee ( PSC), UEGCL, Uganda
  • Christopher Opio, Customer Service Engineer, Umeme, Uganda

Jeremiah K. Kiplagat, Director, Kenya Power, Kenya

Session 3.2

Innovative approaches to mini-grid payment methods

Moderator: Patrick K. Tonui, East African Regional Representative, GOGLA, Kenya

14:45 – 15:00

Presentation: Utilising the crypto-economy to accelerate global progress towards universal energy access

Rik Wuts, Co-founder, PowerHive, Kenya

Case study: Innovating for income-generating appliances

Amanda DelCore, Associate, Factor[e], Kenya

15:00 – 16:00

Panel discussion: Mini-grids for productive use and beyond: business model innovation towards financial viability

  • Cooperation and coordination with developments
  • How can the demand be stimulated through access to productive use appliances
  • How can we build electricity load growth by building local productive businesses
  • Bankability of rural customers: the need for productive use demand side support
  • Ricardo Ridolfi, CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda
  • Erick Donasian, Managing Director, Off Grid Electric, Tanzania
  • Jackson Mutonga, Project Advisor, GIZ, Kenya
  • Nataliey Bitature, CEO, EnerGrow, Uganda

Ilana Cohen, Market Engagement Director, GSMA, Kenya

16:30

Networking function

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Regional utility solutions

Room: Lenana

Session 4.1

Mitigating financial risks to mobilise private sector involvement
Moderator: Christian Wright, Managing Director / Head of East Africa, Globeleq, Kenya

09:30 – 09:45

Presentation: Challenges of power projects in the context of the post-conflict countries – the case in Somaliland

Abdirahman M. Abdilahi, Energy Specialist, Somaliland

09:45 – 10:45

Panel discussion: Solutions for mitigating the following risks and increasing bankability:

  • Insurable credit risk
  • Certification to eliminate developer/ technology risk
  • Local currency funding
  • Political and government related risk
  • Nontechnical losses
  • Commercial risk – can people pay?

Panellists:

  • Dustin Homer, Director of Client Solutions, Fraym, US
  • Shelmith Theuri, Investment Officer, SunFunder, Kenya
  • Harriet Chebet Ng’ok, EU-Funding Project Manager, Finance Competence EU, Kenya

Elijah Isabu, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance, (SUNREF)/  Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya

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Alternative energy solutions

Room: Aberdares

Session 4.2

The impact of net-metering in East Africa
Moderator: Beatrice Muthoni, Energy Specialist, Kenya

09:30 – 09:45

Presentation: How can we win the race to a clean energy future for East Africa through renewable sources?

Izael Pereira Da Silva, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, Kenya

09:45 – 10:45

Panel discussion: What is the impact of net-metering and what does it mean for the industry?

  • An update on energy banking services
  • Commercial and industrial strategies for net-metering
  • Projects under development for net-metering
  • Are there international examples and lessons that can be learnt?

Tariffs for net-metering

Panellists:

  • Kamal Gupta, Director – Solar and End User Business, Schneider Electric / Chairmen of Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA), Kenya
  • Izael Pereira Da Silva, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, Kenya

John Mutua, Senior Manager, Economic Regulation, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Kenya

10:45-11:15

Networking and coffee break

Session 5.1

Tariff models that encourage economic growth and private sector participation

Moderator: Frank B. Sebbowa, Principal Consultant, Frank Energy Consults, Uganda

11:15 -12:30

Panel discussion: How to achieve a transparent and independent regulatory framework to ensure long-term investments

  • Voices of the manufacturing sector – how can we stimulate growth?
  • What can change to attract and maintain private sector involvement?
  • Plans for inter-country collaboration
  • Considerations for the best tariff models and specific implementation practices to be adopted by each region
  • Future and current plans to revise power tariffs

Panellists:

  • Richard Okou, Technical Director, Energy Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uganda
  • Godfrey Chibulunje, Director of Electricity, Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA), Tanzania
  • John Mutua, Senior Manager, Economic Regulation, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Kenya

Sylvester Makaka, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya

Session 5.2

Community engagement: Tackling inflated land costs
Moderator: Beatrice Muthoni, Energy Specialist, Kenya

11:15 -12:30

Presentation: Energising East Africa; challenges and impact
Hans Peter Christophersen, Trade and Energy Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ugana

Panel discussion: Ensuring transparency in the land acquisition component of a project – how can we enable mutual benefit?

  • Safeguarding fairness in compensation and/or other benefits
  • Understanding and managing community grievances
  • Profit sharing with communities to stimulate global growth and productive use of energy
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Fast tracking successful implementation

Developing a pro-community utility – local leaders involvement

Panellists:

  • Johnson K Muthoka, Land Economist, Ketraco, Kenya
  • Hans Peter Christophersen, Trade and Energy Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Uganda
  • Pam Onyanyo, Managing Director, Renewvia Energy, Kenya

Kevin Doyle, Community Engagement Advisor, Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Programme (PATRP), Kenya

12:30 – 13:45

Exhibition visit, networking and lunch break

Session 6.1

Room: Aberdares

NEW: Interactive case study

Moderator: Amayo Passy Ogolla, Programme Officer, Society for International Development (SID), Kenya

Apply your knowledge and experience to a real life challenge. Hear and understand the case study and collaborate with colleagues in a roundtable exercise to work through solutions.  Bring personal experience and solutions learnt from the conference to the case study

13:45-14:00

Case study presentation: Detailing the scenario and real life challenges on renewable energy in Tanzania

Matthew Matimbwi, Executive Secretary, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) / Chairperson, East Africa Renewable Energy Federation, Tanzania

14:00 – 15:30

Working groups – find solutions and sharing personal experience to solve the following challenges:

  • Substandard solar PV products
  • The weak national grid
  • Financial performance of national utilities
  • Coordination of the sector
  • Allocation of funds for maintenance
  • Decision makers adopting renewable energy
  • Vandalism
  • Understanding regulation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Data on market trends and resources
  • Empowering women

15:30

Feedback and conclusions

16:00

End of conference networking