The African Utility Week conference organisers have announced that all registered engineers could qualify for CPD (continuing professional development) credits when they attend this year’s massive power and utility event in Cape Town from 14 – 17 March.

Validation will be done through the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) or South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) and all registered members of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) could qualify for up to 4 CPD credits.   Final validation and credit allocations will be confirmed post event.

African Utility Week is the largest power and utility conference and exhibition in Africa and will be held from 14 – 17 March at the ICC. The conference attracts thousands of delegates to the Mother City to consider and discuss innovation, investment, new technologies and the technical and capacity challenges faced by Africa’s power utility sector.

Developments across the world put Africa in the position where the continent has the opportunity to ‘leap frog’ into the future – learning from the experiences of others and embracing best practice at the onset. Reflecting this, the theme for this year’s African Utility Week is ‘embracing the changing utility paradigm’ and the programme is a continuation of this theme.

The conference has been streamlined into distinct break away sessions: Generation Africa; Smart Grids/Transmission and Distribution Africa; Renewable Energy Africa, Water Utilities Africa, Large Power Users Forum and Metering, Billing/CRM Africa.  Each session will give opportunities for discussions on technologies, in-depth examination of case studies and forward thinking to the utility of the future.  Tours of the exhibition floor encourage insight into technological advancements from across the globe.

Encompassing the conference, exhibition and pre-conference workshops, African Utility Week offers unique training, networking and discussion platforms in which to demonstrate how utilities can be more efficient and offer cost-effective services through improved infrastructure maintenance, load management, delivery and revenue management choices. Specific questions are asked as to ‘what the utility of tomorrow needs to do today in order to embrace the changes being brought on by the large scale implementation of renewable energy, the implementation of the smart grid and smart metering and an ever increasing focus on efficiency and energy management.

Other features of the event include post conference site-visits to ‘limited access’ sites where delegates will have the opportunity to see theory being put into practise and engage directly with the teams running these sites.

For more information on the programme, please contact Claire Volkwyn: claire.volkwyn@spintelligent.com

For registrations, contact Jimina Schmidt: jimina.schmidt@spintelligent.com or call +27 21 700 3500.