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2020 – Issue 2

ESI Africa Edition 2 2020

On the cover of this edition, the ESI Africa logo sports a heart. It’s our visual representation in support of the industry, which is being tested in unprecedented ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our...
Risk management

Ed’s letter: Crisis management: Utilities under siege

The ESI Africa logo on the front cover of this edition takes on a visual representation of our support for the industry in times of crisis management.

Business model at a crossroads: Which way do African utilities turn?

Full deployment of smart grid technology benefits will far outweigh the rollout costs for energy utilities, who find their business model at a crossroads.
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Energy access to address the great divide

Energy access remains a challenge with only 43% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa that has access to basic electricity, less than half of the global average of 87%.

MENA outlook shows positive growth

With energy demand in the MENA region set for annual growth of 6.4% through 2022, the sector faces the dual challenge of meeting demand while moving to low-carbon systems
South Africa

Will Africa mix it up by 2040?

With about two billion citizens in Africa by 2040 "...current efforts to try to provide access to modern energy will barely outpace the population growth".

Twenty years of power and energy engagement goes on

African Utility Week, along with ESI Africa, has spent the past two decades closely mirroring the growth of Africa's energy, power and water value chains.
utility reform

Time to rethink our assumptions

This article examins utility reforms that were introduced in the past to attract private investment in the power sector and improve operations.

Where do you look to find a competitive mini-grid market?

It is estimated that some 83 million Nigerians do not have access to modern electricity. In response to this challenge, the mini-grid market has taken hold.

A business case for distributed dispatchable generating units

The rapid adoption of renewable resources calls for the need of dispatchable generation resources to maintain the stability of the grid.
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Eight O&M steps to extend the longevity of hydropower plants

This article outlines the best O&M strategies that can be applied to maintain the longevity of hydropower plants through a step-by-step approach.