Claire Volkwyn, content director for the African Utility Week event, says South Africa is going through a shift in terms of its generation capacity by procuring and building renewable energy capacity through the country. “Additionally, by building our traditional generation capacity, we are ensuring South Africa’s future generation mix is truly reflective of a combination of technologies. Eskom is involved in these efforts to ensure security of supply either through building the infrastructure, or through its role as purchaser of the power.

“With this increased generation capacity, we also need to ensure that the supporting transmission and distribution infrastructure is keeping pace, and these are some of the key issues which will form part of the African Utility Week programme. Through interactions with our advisory board, we are putting together a world class programme which will provide opportunities to discuss, debate and dissect case studies and technologies and their role in Africa.”

The next African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town, from 13-14 May 2014 and is attended by more than 5,000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide. It is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent.

In 2012 Eskom CEO Brian Dames once again was the keynote speaker, describing African Utility Week as “an annual pilgrimage on the calendar of African electricity and water utilities, and as Eskom we are proud to have been a part of it for the past 13 years.”

African Utility Week’s programme topics will include:

  • Generation technologies – nuclear, coal, gas, geothermal and renewable energies such as solar and wind.
  • The role of the smart grid and what an African smart grid would look like.
  • HVDC technology for cross border transmission.
  • The role of prepaid metering for revenue management.
  • Can you have a smart grid which does not include a smart meter.
  • Updates on the South African REIPPP programme.
  • Avoid another 2008 electricity supply crisis using world class manufacturing pillars.
  • Strike the balance in managing industrial and municipal water losses.

African Utility Week event director Russell Hughes, says, “We are delighted that Eskom has approved a five year host utility agreement with African Utility Week, starting in 2014. It is encouraging to have Eskom’s support for our outreach into the utility, large scale power and water user industries, and we intend to work closely with Eskom to achieve greater levels of collaboration between African utilities and industry.”

Eskom’s senior manager for strategic marketing Pieter Pretorius says, “We are pleased that the endorsement of African Utility Week has been approved for 2014 – 2018. We look forward to a continued partnership to benefit not only South Africa’s energy industry and increased energy efficiency but also engaging with utilities, and service providers across the continent.”

Event dates and location:
Conference and Exhibition:  13-14 May 2014
Focus day:  12 May 2014
Site visits:  15 May 2014
Location:  CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
Website:  www.african-utility-week.com