African Utility Week

Renewable Energy Africa

14 – 17 March 2011

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday 14 March 2011

09h00 – 12h00

Interactive workshop
An interactive workshop, addressing the following themes:

  • What precedents from international best practice can Africa draw on to enable wind project development?
  • What would best practice be in an African context?

14h00 – 16h00

Delivering Viable onshore Wind farm Projects – global case studies
Workshop facilitator: Chanda Kapande, Business Development Manager,  Wind Prospect Africa Ltd, South Africa

Participants

  • Paul Eardley-Taylor, Standard Bank
  • Scott Brodsky, Dewey Le Bouef
  • John Titchin, Goldwind
  • Kevin Leask, Eskom

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 15 March 2011

Session 2.1

Chairman: Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa

09h00 – 09h15

Welcome
Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa

09h15 – 09h45

South Africa: Lighting the way
Honourable Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

No presentation 

09h45 – 10h15

Keynote address: Changing the utilities paradigm in the rapidly growing African urban context
Bastian Fischer, VP and GM EMEA region, Oracle, Spain

10h15 – 10h45

Keynote address: Understanding the role of advanced technology in securing Africa’s economic future
Guido Bartels, Chairman, Gridwise Alliance, United States

No presentation 

10h45 – 11h30

Panel discussion: What will it take for cross border projects to get off the ground?

Panellists:

  • Jasper Odour, Executive Secretary, East African Power Pool, Ethiopia
  • Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe
  • Guido Bartels, Chairman, Gridwise Alliance, United States
  • Bastian Fischer, VP and GM EMEA region, Oracle, Spain
  • Lungile Dhlamini, Executive Director: Utilities, City of Cape Town, South Africa

11h30 – 11h45

Industry accolades: Awards Programme

  • Industry Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award (5th year)
  • Power Station of the Year Award (7th year)
  • Metering International Excellence Awards (10th year)

Presented by Honourable Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

Session 1.5.1

Creating an enabling environment for RE uptake
Chairman: Leonard Kassana, International Hydropower Consultant, Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda

13h30 – 14h00

Analysis of South Africa’s renewable energy strategy
Glynn Morris, Managing Director, Agama Energy, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Industrial experiences with renewable feed-in-tariffs (Refit) – Kenyan case study
Evans Kidero, CEO, Mumias Sugar Company, Kenya

14h30 – 15h00

Large scale solar PV power plants: A realistic view
Pashupathy Gopalan, CEO, South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa, Sun Edison, India

Session 1.5.2

Renewable energy for energy efficiency
Chairman: Thembakazi Mali, Director of the Regional REEEP Secretariat and Senior Manager: Clean Energy Solutions, SANERI, South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

A holistic approach to energy efficiency – how renewable energies can make every bit count!
Corrie Visagie, General Manager (Integrated Demand Manager), Eskom, South Africa

16h30 – 17h15

Automated Monitoring and Targeting (aM+T) for increased energy efficiency in utilities
Evan Dent, Business Development Manager, Endress+Hauser, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Session 2.5.1

Technology in action
Chairman: Dominic Goncalves, Renewable Energy Analyst, Frost & Sullivan, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Solar as a feasible, large scale generation technology in Africa
Jerome Mazet, Senior Manager, Asia-Pacific Marketing & Global Branding, Trinasolar, China

Session 2.5.2

Project update
Chairman: Silas Zimu, CEO, Suzlon South Africa, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Current projects and future prospects for wind energy in Africa
James White, Account Manager, Vestas, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Case study: The 100-MW Hopefield wind farm – the most advanced large-scale commercial wind farm in South Africa today
Richard Gordon, Project Director, Umoya Energy, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

An update on South Africa’s first solar park –producing solar power on a large scale and at reduced cost
Jonathan de Vries, Special Advisor, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

Session 2.0.1

Closing session
Chairman: Lungile Dhlamini, Executive Director: Utilities, City of Cape Town, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Shared services:  A solution for African utilities?
Andreas Flick, Head of SAP-Strategy, ENBW (Energie Baden-Württemberg), Germany

14h30 – 15h00

Successful skills transfer within a utility environment, enabling better service delivery
Michelle Clark, Strategic Skills Management Specialist, Equanimity, South Africa

15h00 – 15h45

Panel discussion:  Great Transformers
Countries and institutions which are at the forefront of encouraging change within the utility sector in Africa.  Hear from the experts who are developing regulatory frameworks, who are financing the projects and implementing the projects

Panel discussion moderated by Bob Bellemare, Utilipoint, United States of America