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The African Power, Energy and Water Elites programme for 2021 is ready for business. Here’s what you need to know.

Established in 2014, the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards brings together Africa’s most renowned power and water industry professionals. The Awards has since partnered with the African Power & Energy Elites annual publication as both these prestigious programmes have the same vision: to celebrate the leadership and successful projects in the sectors.

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The two programmes aligned with their respective 2020 editions through a single nomination and selection process across a set of complementary categories. All projects/people who are featured in the Elites annual publication are automatically included in the Awards nominations.

The magazine publication is a communication platform that allows the who’s who in the energy, power and water sectors throughout Africa to engage and share their solutions with key decision makers.

It is a way for the best in the business to tell their own stories. So, what is YOUR story? Which projects and leaders have caught your attention? Who do you want to nominate as the best in the business? Make your voice heard and complete a nomination form.

To make it easier for you to find out more about the Elites programme, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions. Or just hit the nomination button if you already know how this works and let us know your super pick by 30 September.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the African Power & Energy Elites publication all about?

This annual journal—distributed in print and digital format—recognises industry leaders, influencers and projects that are transforming the way power is perceived, generated, distributed and consumed on the African continent. After a thorough nomination and review process, the publication features stand-out leaders and projects based on merit and achievement within the teams and projects. Is the individual driving change within their organisation and community for the greater good of the people? Can a team’s project model be replicated? Has an individual/organisation engaged in innovative problem-solving?

How does an Elite become an Award nominee?

Established in 2014, the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards brings together Africa’s most renowned power and water industry professionals. In 2019, the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards initiated a partnership with the African Power & Energy Elites publication to embark on a journey that was complementary to the outcomes of each product – celebrating leadership and successful projects in the power, energy and water sectors.

The two programmes aligned with the 2020 edition with a single nomination and selection process across a set of similar categories. Leaders, and select project categories who are featured in the Elites publication are automatically shortlisted for the Awards nomination programme.  

What are the perks of being featured in the African Power & Energy Elites publication?

Recognition for success, credibility by being associated/standing next to like-minded leaders and projects and free exposure.

Featured projects and leaders within the African Power & Energy Elites publication receive:

  • A guest invitation to attend the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa (11-13 May 2021 in Cape Town)
  • One VIP invitation to the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards
  • Invitations to various networking events at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa
  • Media opportunities across Clarion Energy’s specialist industry media platforms including video, print and digital events.

Where will Elites nominations come from in 2021?

Public nominations through:

What is the deadline for nominating a person/project to for the Elites programme?

Nominations close September 30, 2020

What are the different Elite and Award nomination categories?

The below project and leadership Elite categories apply to the public and private sector and extend across power generation, transmission and distribution, water, independent power producers and project developers.

  • Leadership
  • Generation Innovation and Optimisation 
  • Renewable Energy Generation Innovation and Optimisation
  • Energy Access: Rural/Urban Electrification
  • Transmission & Distribution 
  • Finance & Investment
  • Utility Transformation
  • Metering, Billing & Customer Engagement
  • Demand response
  • Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) integration

What are the Award categories?

Selected Leadership nominations and six of the project category nominations will automatically go forward for judging for the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards

  • Power Leader of the Year
  • Women in Leadership
  • Young Leader of the Year 
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Power Utility of the Year
  • People’s choice
  • Water Project of the Year
  • Water Leader of the Year
  • Initiate

Check the African Energy Elites website for all the details.

What does people’s choice mean? (award category)

One award voted for by the public. The public will be asked to read the Elites articles and vote for the project which has had the greatest impact on the African power and energy sector or community that it serves.

Who chooses the short list from all the submitted nominations?

Clarion Energy appoints an African Elites Advisory Board from previous Elites nominations, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Advisory Board members and previous African Elites Advisory Board members. This combined African Elites Advisory Board makes recommendations for the shortlist from the list of submitted nominations.

When will the Elite nomination shortlist be publicised?

When the 2021 African Power & Energy Elites publication is made public digitally, 28 January 2021.

How are Award winners chosen?

Shortlisted Elites nominations are subjected to a careful scoring process by African Elites Judges, overseen by auditing group Mazars.

When will winners of the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards be announced?

The next African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards will be hosted at the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa on 12 May 2021.

There is a project or leader that I would like to nominate. How do I do this and can I nominate myself?

Absolutely, you are welcome to nominate yourself or your project/s. Please submit a nomination form by visiting the African Energy Elites nomination page.

Are there still sponsorship opportunities available for the African Power & Energy Elites publication?

Yes, partnership packages which can be taken within the leadership or project categories can be created for the publication. Contact Errol Bryce for further details.