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2010, wind energy and the price of electricity some of the topical issues under discussion at African Utility Week

Is Eskom ready for 2010?  Is wind energy a credible alternative source of energy for the future?  Are we paying too much for electricity?  These are just some of the topical issues and questions regarding the power industry in Africa that will come under the spotlight at the upcoming African Utility Week from 18-22 May at the CTICC in Cape Town.  

African Utility Week has become the biggest annual forum for African and international power experts to come together and discuss strategies as well as technical improvements to the power industry.  

Some of the pertinent issues that will be up for discussion during this event which will feature speakers and high-level delegates from all over the world are:

Energy efficiency:

  • Demand Side Management Strategies:  Barry Bredenkamp, National Energy Efficiency Association, South Africa
  • Kenyan case study in energy efficiency:  David Mwange, Chief Manager, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, (KPLC), Kenya
  • Sustainable buildings:  Mike Barker, Managing Director, Mike Barker and Associates, South Africa

Alternative energy sources:

  • Renewable energy in South Africa today and beyond:  Wikus van Niekerk, Director: Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University
  • The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project – taking the leading edge in fourth-generation nuclear technology:  Tom Ferreira, Communication Consultant, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company, South Africa
  • Wind Energy Global Trends and Economics:  Jeff Cheong, Head Of Business Development, Vestas, Australia

Industry reform:

  • Tariffs and reform Chairman:  Thembani Bukula, Regulatory Member, National Energy Regulator of South Africa
  • Welcoming IPPs (Independent Power Producers) into the electricity generation sector:  Brigette Bailie, Energy Specialist, Webber Wentzel Bowens, South Africa
  • The future utility:  Senior representative, IBM Global Business Services, South Africa

Security of supply:

  • Theft in the Transmission & Distribution industry:  Pieter van Dalen, Chairperson of the City of Cape Town’s Copper Head, Cape Town
  • Connecting the African grid, endless potential (from DRC, Angola, Namibia, Botswana to South Africa):  Pat Naidoo, CEO, The Western Power Corridor Company (Westcor), Botswana

During the closing session of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to participate and share their views on the preparedness of the South African electricity industry to face the challenges of increased demand during the World Cup in 2010.

Part of African Utility Week is Power Indaba, a unique meeting forum for ministerial delegations, high-level power executives, policymakers and international financiers to tackle investment issues head-on, thereby encouraging and fast tracking the development of the African power sector.

For more information contact:
Conference producer:  Claire Volkwyn
Phone:  +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT:  3559
Email:  claire.volkwyn@spintelligent.com
Event websites:  www.african-utility-week.com ; www.powerindaba.com
For more events by Spintelligent:  www.spintelligent-events.com