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African Utility Week – Call for papers

Do you have knowledge that could change the way utilities and professionals in the utility sector operate?  If you have ideas, experiences or strategies for any of the above topics, then this is your chance to tell the world!  

The African Utility Week programme is developed to provide a forum which identifies, discusses and forecasts developments in the industry. Top-level speakers from all key industry segments will present their views using case studies, in-depth sessions and interactive panels.

We invite all those interested in:

presenting a paper
teaching a course
participating in a think-tank/panel discussion

to contact Claire Volkwyn with an abstract of no more than 500 words for submission to and discussion with the African Utility Week Advisory Board.

Broadly, African Utility Week is broken down into the following breakout sessions:

AUW Metering

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa is the foremost metering and customer relationship management event in Africa. Presentations encompass all aspects of metering – from essentials of pre-paid meter installations, meter data management, AMR and AMI programmes to smart billing options. This is the only place in Africa where all aspects of traditional and smart metering and customer service management are covered.

AUW Renewables

Renewable Energy Africa will give an overview of the role of renewable energy in your energy mix – overcoming your concerns about the cost effectiveness of technologies and examining ways to increase application in your utility environment.

AUW Water

Water Utilities Africa showcases best practises in revenue management and loss management, acknowledging the role of private participation and the importance of a comprehensive water security plan – all combining to realise the service delivery and efficiency of your water utility.

AUW Large Industry

Large Industry
Increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and demand management, particular by large industry, gives added importance to this new breakout session. Examine the effect of increased challenges of demand and supply and understand the impact that this will have on your operational costs and plant efficiency. Get practical advice on maintaining output levels while decreasing electricity costs.

AUW Investment

An executive meeting forum for ministerial delegations, high level power executives, policymakers and international financiers. Discussions focus on encouraging investment into Africa’s power sector by enhancing understanding of investment challenges, requirements and the importance of bringing feasible power projects to financial close. Project overview discussions will highlight the opportunities available in Africa.

AUW Smart Grids

T&D/Smart Grids
Efficient transmission and distribution on a well maintained and planned grid is vital to the economic development of Africa. Africa’s leading energy infrastructure event addresses the success of private participation and unbundling, the role of power pools and the potential of the smart grid.

AUW Generation

Get insight into meeting generation capacity in an efficient and optimal manner – understand the importance of a diverse energy mix for energy security, the demands placed on generators by regulatory and legal requirements and emerging technology and its role in the future of generation on the continent.

AUW Waste Management

Waste Management
Learn how to integrate resource recovery in your waste management programmes to produce energy and alternative fuel through incineration, bio degeneration, pyrolysis and gasification in order to manage the increased demand for waste service provision in line with international norms, the national, provincial and local authorities.

Specifically, areas of interest include:

  • Generation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transmission issues
  • Energy trading
  • IPPs
  • Regional co-operation and power pool
  • Investment opportunities in East Africa
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Energy management
  • Power quality
  • Environmental issues
  • Energy efficiency
  • ICT systems
  • Revenue protection
  • Rural electrification programmes
  • Decentralised electrification
  • Financing rural electrification
  • New technologies for rural electrification
  • Revenue management
  • Geothermal generation
  • Finding the finance
  • Finding the resources
  • Planning and implementation and ROI
  • Training and up skilling

Submit your Abstract now!

Submission deadline: 25 October 2011

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Claire Volkwyn at +27 21 700 3559, or via e-mail: claire.volkwyn@spintelligent.com.