Cape Town will be the continent’s energy capital this week when more than 6000 power and water professionals from more than 70 countries, including 27 African nations, will gather for the 16th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition from 17-19 May at the CTICC. The opening keynote session starts at 09h00 on Tuesday, 17 May.
“There’s no doubt that renewable energy as well as smart technology are changing the way power and water utilities operate and deal with their customers” says Evan Schiff, event director for African Utility Week. The event will feature 250 exhibitors, 250 speakers, a six stream strategic conference, free-to-attend technical workshops on the expo floor, three high-profile keynote sessions, technical site visits and the coveted industry awards gala dinner.
African Utility Week addresses the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D, metering, clean energy, finance and investment, water supply and energy efficiency. Says Evan Schiff: “we will once again showcase many success stories in clean energy as well as new innovations for the sector, look at bankable power projects, and energy storage will be discussed as a possible game changer for energy independence. We also have a strong focus on water this year, including the water-energy nexus, water efficiency and wastewater management.”
African Utility Week speaker highlights include:
Opening day keynote session, Tuesday, 17 May, 09h00:
Thembisile Majola, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, South Africa
Mongezi Ntsokolo, Group Executive, Distribution, Eskom, South Africa
Kandeh K Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Sierra Leone
Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, UK
James E. Rogers, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Duke Energy, USA
Anton Eberhard, Professor: Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Keynote session, Wednesday, 18 May, 09h00:
Monika Weber-Fahr, COO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Austria
Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission, South Africa
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Nethe