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Resourcefulness governing the utility landscape’s identity

Utility customers and sector executives are in agreement: resourcefulness of energy and water resources is an important objective for the global utility landscape’s sustainability.

Originally published in the ESI Africa weekly newsletter on 2018/10/03 – subscribe today

This is according to the 2018 Itron Resourcefulness Report, which is an analysis of international energy and water consumer and utility executive perspectives and practices.

The data indicates that consumers and utilities feel personal accountability when it comes to upholding best practices for maximised efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. “This cohesive and community-wide approach to sustainability is the only way forward,” expressed Philip Mezey, president and CEO of Itron.

Although 10 countries from developed and developing regions were surveyed, none where located in Africa. Considering that the report defines resourcefulness as the wise and careful use of vital resources, particularly water and energy – do you believe that customers and utility executives are aligned in your country?

As an example, Nigeria’s energy market is undertaking to include the Meter Asset Provider and Eligible Customer programmes. These projects could be seen as having resourcefulness objectives but will these deliver power to end-users reliably, safely and affordably?

It is timely that the 15th edition of the Future Energy Nigeria conference is taking place on 13-14 November in Lagos where I trust this topic will be raised alongside the metering, renewables and finance themes giving this market decisive direction for the year ahead.

I predict that 2019 is going to prove interesting. Here’s one reason why…

The South African government’s draft IRP (Integrated Resource Plan) 2018, constituting the country’s new electricity roadmap to 2030, when promulgated will steer the country’s energy mix, cost of electricity, and ease of transitioning to a future that holds prospects in digitalisation, decarbonisation and decentralisation.

The document is currently open for public comment until the end of October. The ESI Africa news desk is hosting a live, free-to-attend webinar to discuss how this will impact consumers, the country, and what the final IRP will unleash on the country.

Will this so-called ‘living’ plan hold resourcefulness at its core?

Join our industry guest panellists on 25 October for a one-hour conversation and opportunity to raise your concerns and questions on the revised IRP.

Author: Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, editor of ESI Africa

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.