Foreign direct investment into Africa is forecast to reach $150bn in 2015, however this could be stunted by pressing issues around water, electricity and clean power.

Contribute to the discussion on the development of Africa’s power and water infrastructure by submitting your abstract on thought provoking, innovative, and inspiring options and topics for inclusion in Africa’s longest standing conference and exhibition, the 14th annual African Utility Week.

Deadline for submissions: 02 September 2013

The conference takes place on 13 & 15 May 2014 in Cape Town under the general theme, ‘Collaborating for development’. The theme reflects Africa’s increased focus on infrastructure development, and the need for utilities to work together for the betterment of the continent’s power and water sectors.

This call for papers comprises opportunities for 20-minute presentations (time for questions will be included in the sessions), panel discussions, and think tank sessions. African Utility Week will explore the positioning of the smart grid, metering, renewable energy, generation and water sectors across Africa. Additionally the positioning of industrial users of power and water will be considered in the context of sustainable usage of resources and energy efficiency.

Some of the themes that lend themselves to exploration include:

  • Metering: AMI, smart metering, prepaid metering, credit metering, revenue protection, customer interaction and CRM
  • Generation technology: Hydro, coal, geothermal, thermal, combined cycle, decentralised generation and nuclear power
  • Renewable energy: Negotiation of PPAs, Renewable Feed in Tariffs, wind technology, solar technology, project management, project updates, CSP, PV
  • Infrastructure finance: Public private partnerships, IPPs, regional co-operation, project implementation
  • Energy efficiency: Energy management, carbon tax, ISO 50001, water footprint, wastewater
  • Transmission and distribution: Interconnections, switchgear and substations, power pools and energy trading, rural electrification, micro grids
  • Smart grid: ICT systems and smart technology
  • Skills development: Training and knowledge transfer, skills retention
  • Water: Resource management, non-revenue management, distribution, water treatment, sewerage, reticulation, leak management and detection
  • Environmental and management issues: Governance, carbon footprints, EPAs

Submit your abstract today to add your voice to the industry’s most important gathering in Africa!