The topic of the discussion will be “Is the rise of customer-owned solar systems, gas-powered generators, micro-hydro and pump storage installations a threat or opportunity for utilities?”
Please tell us more about your position in Wholesale Trading at NERSA?
My position at NERSA requires me to look at developing a regulatory framework for the wholesale, local and international trading environment. Looking at ISMO, cross border trading, small scale embedded generation.
What in your view are the main challenges to the energy sector in the region currently?
Main challenges are the security of supply, uncertain regulatory regime for investors, tariffs that are not cost reflective.
What surprises you about the energy sector?
The region has a lot to offer in our alternative energy sources other than coal. Renewable energy as a source. There is plenty to be done in this space.
At African Utility Week, you are part of a panel discussion on the rise of customer-owned solar systems, gas powered generators, micro-hydro and pump storage installations and whether this is a threat or opportunity for utilities? What will be your message at the event?
This might be an opportunity for utilities as long as they are guaranteed revenue and it will also be advantageous for them in saving capital costs. The cost of building more lines, substations etc.
Anything else you would like to add?
What we lack in the industry is an energy market. I believe this can enhance more completion, transparency and other regulatory issues.