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Conference Track: Power Strategy Development

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Expanding the energy mix and diversifying operating models
Moderator: Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl, Editor, ESI Africa, South Africa

14:00South Africa’s energy future and the President’s
Sustainability Task Team
Anton Eberhard, Professor, Management Programme in
Infrastructure, Reform and Regulation, Graduate School of
Business, UCT, South Africa
14:15Energy leaders’ national dialogue on a “Just Energy
Transition”. Recommendations to map out the energy
future for South Africa through the IRP and other
policy guidelines
*The socio-economic impact of various energy-mix scenarios
*The transition from use of fossil fuels
*Best-cost scenario on supplying energy
*Distribution and admiration capacity
* What is the role of municipalities in South Africa’s IRP?

-Silas Zimu, CEO, Africa Energy Corporation, South Africa
-Nosizwe Dlengezele, Managing Director for Gas & Power

Systems, General Electric, South Africa
-Anton Eberhard, Professor, Management Programme in
Infrastructure, Reform and Regulation, Graduate School of
Business, UCT, South Africa
-Nhlanhla Ngidi, Head of Energy and Electricity, South African
Local Government Association (SALGA), South Africa
-Karen Breytenbach, Head of IPP Office, IPP Office, South Africa

Utility reform Moderator: Izak du Plessis, Associate, Growth and Corporate Development, Deloitte, South Africa

15:45Eskom – reviewing key assumptions and proposals to
resolve the debt and service delivery dilemma

-Ted Blom, Expert, Mining and Energy Advisors, South Africa
-Penny Herbst, Non-executive director, Africa Greenco,
South Africa
16:15Panel discussion: Models that African utilities have adopted
– results and what can be done differently
*An update from and a closer look at utilities in: Ghana,
Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda
*Successful operating models that have lowered fiscal risk and
increased security of supply

Ebipere Clark, Advisory to Governor – Energy and Power,
Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria

-Wondimu Tekle Sigo, Former State Minister, Ministry of Water,
Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia
– Bernard Modey, Senior Power Expert, ICF/USAID, Ghana

Wednesday 15 May 2019

What impact will the financial and investment landscape for 2019/2020 have on Africa’s Power infrastructure?
Moderator: Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund, Nigeria

09:30Data to set the scene
Benjamin Attia, Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Power and Renewables, USA
09:45Panel discussion: What impact will the financial and
investment landscape for 2019 have on Africa’s power

Stephens Notoane, Group Head of Utilities Services,
City of Tshwane Municipality, South Africa
– Romain Py, Head of Transactions, African Infrastructure
Investment Managers (AIIM), South Africa
– Benjamin Attia, Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power
and Renewables, USA
– Tsidiso Disenyana, Senior Economist, ECIC, South Africa

Regulatory health check for power infrastructure investors:
Electricity Regulatory Index
Moderator: Fungai Khumbulani Sibanda, Regulator Member, National Energy Regulator (NERSA), South Africa

11:15The impact of the Electricity Regulatory Index for Africa
Badru M. Kiggundu, Chairperson: Projects Steering
Committee (PSC), UEGCL, Uganda
11:30Panel discussion: The Electricity Regulatory Index for Africa
one year later. Placing the spotlight on African regulators

as we track the progress of indicators
*What actions have been taken to improve regulatory
*What steps have been achieved towards regulatory substance?
*How are regulators making an impact on the regulated utilities
and the overall sector?
*Tariff dynamics and reduction potential
*Way forward for regulators

-Peter Kakeeto, Manager – Technical Monitoring and Compliance,
Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uganda
-Godfrey Chibulunje, Director of Electricity, Energy and Water
Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA), Tanzania
-Nomfundo Maseti, Full time regulator member, National Energy
Regulator (NERSA), South Africa

Blended Finance
Moderator: Jonathan Berman, Managing Director, Fieldstone, South Africa

14:00Case study: How to balance legal protection of both parties
entering an agreement

Dino Petrarolo, CEO, Next Renewable Generation, South Africa
14:15Panel discussion: Accessing blended finance and the steps
to overcome the infrastructure development shortfall in
*Considerations for the “Green Agenda”
*Can green bonds play a role?
*Role of developmental financial institution

-Dino Petrarolo, CEO, Next Renewable Generation, South Africa
-Leena Klossner, Vice President & Acting Managing Director,
Nordic Development Fund
-Jasandra Nyker, CEO, BioTherm Energy, South Africa
-Mohamed Rali Badissy, Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance,
-Law Development Programme, Office of General Counsel,
United States

International initiatives

15:45Power Africa: Overview of the programme and update on

Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator, Power Africa, USA
16:20Utilities 2.0 workshop
Utilities 2.0 Coalition Representatives, United States

Thursday 16 May 2019

GET FiT – The fundamental building blocks
Moderator: Diana Jensen, Managing Director, OPIC, USA

09:30Measuring success, experience and lessons learnt from
the implementation of GET FiT Uganda
Geoffrey Bakka, Secretariat, GET FiT, Uganda
09:45Panel discussion: GET FiT tool box – the fundamental building
blocks to unlock private investment and a look at further
market roll-out
*Mitigating commercial and political risks to improve the
attractiveness of the investment environment
*Tackling legal and regulatory hurdles
*Achieving a signed PPA and financial close
*A closer look at matters in Mozambique and Zambia

-Geoffrey Bakka, Secretariat, GET FiT, Uganda
-Ric Amansure, Renewable Energy Economic Development,
South Africa
-Eben de Vos, Project Development, REH Group, Zambia
-Marcus Rother, Senior Investment Officer, EDFI, Belgium

Utility CEO Forum: Turning Challenges into opportunities

11:00Round table discussions. A dynamic approach to
understanding regional and country related challenges
from utility C-level executives that can translate into
business deals.