TUESDAY, 15 MAY 2018


VENUE: ROOM 1.4.1

09:30
Opening Keynote

11:30
Exhibition and lunch

SESSION 1.1
MINI-GRID MODELS: THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT

Moderator:
Ruth Kruger, Independent Researcher, South Africa

13:30
Moderator’s Introduction

13:45
Presentation: Nigeria’s federal government plans to generate 3000 MW of electricity through 10,000 mini-grids

Speaker:
Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director – Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Nigeria

14:00
Panel discussion: Government’s role in the design, development and operation of mini-grids

  • What are the different models for government involvement in mini-grids?
  • Pipeline of mini-grid plans
  • What are the current models that work best and facilitation thereafter?
  • Subsidies to private developers
  • Subsidy parity to enable an economic space for mini-grid utility operators

Speakers:
Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director – Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Nigeria
Andrew Barfour, Director and Project Coordinator, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
Benjamin Curnier, Associate Director, Carbon Trust, South Africa
Chiedza Mazaiwana, Advocacy Officer, Power for All, Zimbabwe

15:00
Coffee break

SESSION 1.2
PROJECT PILLARS FOR SUCCESSFUL AND SUSTAINABLE MINI-GRID DEVELOPMENTS

Moderator:
Ruth Kruger, Independent Researcher, South Africa

15:30
Challenges and barriers for mini-grid projects: The EEP Africa experience

Speaker:
Wim Jonker Klunne, Lead Coordinator, Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa), South Africa

15:40
Case study: Developing a mini hydro in Southern Tanzania –supplying 34 villages, surrounding industries as well as the main grid.

Speaker:
Michael Gratwicke, Co-founder and MD, Rift Valley Energy, Tanzania

15:50
Panel discussion: Considerations to fast-track the placement for mini-grids in Africa against critical project outcomes.

  • Streamlining licensing and programmatic and tiered permitting procedures outside the electricity sector to ease the burden on mini-grid developers and related authorities
  • Leveraging existing infrastructure for load balancing to reduce project costs
  • Achieving a scalable business model for the benefit of developing a public-private partnership
  • Initiating community engagement – guidelines to ensure buy-in through direct and early engagement

Speakers:
Dan Brose, Developer, Songa Energy, Burundi
Riccardo Ridolfi, Founder and CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda
Sam Duby, Africa Director, TFE Consulting, Germany
Wim Jonker Klunne, Lead Coordinator, Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa), South Africa
Michael Gratwicke, Co-founder and MD, Rift Valley Energy,Tanzania
Tim Spearing, Product Marketing Manager, Lucy Electric, UK

16:30
Day 1 Close and Drinks Reception


WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2018


VENUE: ROOM 1.4.1

09:30
Keynote

11:30
Exhibition and lunch

SESSION 2.1
ADVANCING COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS

Moderator:
Sue Rohrs, Specialist Energy Law Consultant, Rohrslaw, South Africa

13:30
Presentation: Trends and forecasts – what is the market for commercial and industrial solutions?

Speaker:
Alfred Hartzenburg, National Project Manager: Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, NCPC-SA, South Africa

13:45
Panel discussion: What is the status of net metering and what does it mean for municipalities?

  • Commercial and industrial strategies
  • Projects under development
  • Tariffs for net metering
  • Other metering options
  • Are there alternative business models for municipalities? Are there international examples and lessons that can be learnt?
  • How can municipalities adapt their business models to keep-up with disruptive technologies through a ‘pay as you save’ programme?

Speakers:
Lomile Modiselle, Director Energy Electricity Technical Services, City of Tshwane, South Africa
Thembani Bukula, CEO, PowerX, South Africa
Bruce Raw, Energy Programme Manager, Green-Cape, South Africa
Christopher Ahfeldt, Energy Specialist and Founder, Blue Horizon Energy, South Africa
Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Head of Corporate Business Development, Enertrag AG, Germany
Alf Hartzenburg, National Project Manager: Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, NCPC SA, South Africa
Mary Haw, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Facilitation, City of Cape Town, South Africa

14:45
Coffee break

SESSION 2.2
FINANCING SMALL SCALE PROJECTS

Moderator:
Jean-Jacques Ngono, Managing Partner, Finergreen, C.te d’Ivoire

15:15
Presentation: Powering business in Africa. A closer look at electricity supply constraints in Africa and the financial challenges.

Speaker:
Takehiro Kawahara, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, UK

15:30`
Case study: Powering productivity to make rural electrification financially interesting

Speaker:
Emily Moder, COO, SteamaCo, UK

15:45
Panel discussion: How are commercial and industrial projects financed?

  • Who is funding the projects and what are they looking for?
  • How can the finance model aid the operational challenges?
  • Reducing risk around operations and maintenance (O&M)
  • Financial recommendations for working capital
  • What new technologies (from generation to payment platforms) are supporting the commercial and industrial sector?

Speakers:
Takehiro Kawahara, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, UK
Fiona Wilson, Senior Regional Manager, Clinton Climate Initiate, South Africa
Richard Doyle, CEO, Mulilo Energy Partners, South Africa
Chris Haw, Executive Director, SOLA Future Energy, South Africa
Emily Moder, COO, SteamaCo, UK
Ad Dankers, Renewable Energy and Project Finance Advisor, RECP Finance Catalyst Team, South Africa
Makungu Nkuna, Senior Management Consultant, Eskom, South Africa

16:30
Day 2 Close and Awards Gala Dinner


THURSDAY, 17 MAY 2018


VENUE: ROOM 1.4.1

SESSION 3.1
THE FUTURE OF AFRICA’S POWER AND ENERGY SECTOR:SCENARIO REPORT

12:00
Exhibition and lunch

SESSION 3.2
RAPIDLY DEPLOYABLE SOLUTIONS FOR ENERGY ACCESS

Moderator:
Andrew Barfour, Director and Project Coordinator, Ministry of Energy, Ghana

13:15
Case study: The government of Togo is aiming to bring electricity to 2 million citizens by 2022.

Speaker:
Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-founder, BBOXX, UK

13:30
Case study: Swaziland’s access to electricity success story.

Speaker:
Sengiphile Simelane, Programme Manager, CSIR Energy Centre, South Africa

13:45
Panel discussion: Recommendations for universal access.

  • How can upfront connection charges be reduced?
  • The battle between utilities/grid and off-grid. Should we let theoff-grid industry take over those who are not viable for the grid to reach given the high connection costs?
  • What are the latest technologies supporting access? From microgrids to off-grid solutions
  • How can the demand be stimulated through access to efficient productive use appliances?

Speakers:
Faith Chege, Associate East Africa, Factor[e] Ventures, Kenya
Riccardo Ridolfi, Founder and CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda
Chiedza Mazaiwana, Campaign Manager, Power for All, Zimbabwe
Greg Midlane, Managing Director, DC GO, South Africa
Kwabena Osei-Sarpong, CEO, Rife International, USA
Sengiphile Simelane, Programme Manager, CSIR Energy Centre,
South Africa
Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-founder, BBOXX, UK

14:30
Coffee break

SESSION 3.3 (Room 2.6)
WHAT ARE THE LATEST STORAGE ADVANCEMENTS?

Moderator:
Chinedu Igbokwe, Chief Operating Officer, Daystar Power Group, Nigeria

15:00
Advanced energy storage solutions and microgrids

Speaker:
Sherwin Harris, Battery Energy Storage and Microgrids, General Electric, South Africa

15:15
Case study: No-wires approach to energy delivery.

Speaker:
Dom Wills, CEO, SOLA Future Energy, South Africa

15:30
Q&A: Audience to pose questions on the storage solutions that work best for their project

Speakers:
Bernard Bladergroen, Associate Professor, Head of Energy Storage Innovation Laboratory (ESIL), University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Barry MacColl, Senior Regional Manager, EPRI International, South Africa
Sherwin Harris, Battery Energy Storage and Microgrids, General Electric, South Africa
Dom Wills, CEO, SOLA Future Energy, South Africa
Jorg Heinemann, Chief Commercial Officer, Primus Power, South Africa

16:15
AUW Closing Drinks Reception