Enlit Africa gathers stakeholders to discuss Africa’s energy transition

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Enlit Africa – formerly known as African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa – returns from the 7th to the 9th of June, 2022.

The highlights will focus on the changing energy sector, the energy transition and the technology bringing light to millions across Africa.

Formerly known around the continent as African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Enlit Africa has been connecting the utility industry on the continent for more than two decades.

Claire Volkwyn, head of content, Enlit Africa, stated: “June’s edition will bring new features to the line-up, including the first fully hybrid Enlit Africa event – with the Opening Keynote address taking place over two days and sessions streamed to attendees around the world via our digital platforms.”

Stephen Campbell, commercial project lead for the event added: “We are pleased to be welcoming back industry leaders and associations, including Eskom, the Department of Mineral Resources & Energy, City of Cape Town, WESGRO, SAESA and more.”

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The event’s keynote addresses will focus on the collaborative efforts being undertaken to forward the energy transition across the continent.

Presentations and panel discussions will cover:

• Unpacking the realities of Africa’s energy transition
• The future of gas in Southern Africa and Gas Master Plans
• Alternative funding mechanisms
• Scaling up your clean energy business
• Financing transmission infrastructure
• Revenue management in utilities
• TID rollover: Expediting rollover programme implementation for utilities with large install base
• NERC Meter Installation Performance Dashboard “Measuring meter installation progress at the country level
• Asset life extension and protection
• Improving the reliability and efficiency of supply
• Unlocking wheeling tariffs at municipalities
• Energy storage: The cornerstone of a successful energy transition?
• Integrating BESS at a municipal level
• Update on 100MW self-generation for commercial and industrial entities

Enlit Africa comes in as, in early April, the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced that it was opening bids for window six of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

It is anticipated that 2,600MW of renewable energy will be procured from Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Of this, 1.6GW will be produced by wind – in line with the gazetted IRP2019.

Eskom chief executive, Andre de Ruyter, has said that by next year “we should start seeing additional capacity brought to the grid and we really look forward to that which will alleviate some of the pressure we are currently seeing and give us more headroom to perform maintenance on Eskom fleets.”

Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Enlit Africa will be both in-person and online.

Registrations can be done online.