CONFERENCE AGENDA

Johannesburg, 27 - 28 March 2018

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Mar 2709:00
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Shaping the future of energy

Keynotes
  •     The state of the global energy markets
  •     Megatrends for energy efficiency and renewable energy and how these will impact Africa
  •     Digitalisation and how it is redefining energy
  •     New energy pioneers - Exploring the shifting forces in power markets
  •     Future energy prices - Impact on green technology
  •     Biofuels controversy, the solar disruption and climate change
  •     Fossil fuels & thermal generation – Do they still have a future?
  •     Tech & innovation – What comes next?
Mar 2709:20
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Rethinking universal access to energy in Africa

Keynotes
  •     Energy policy & economics redefined: Reframing the energy mix at government level
  •     How should power be democratised to the masses so more people can access electricity
  •     Understanding the evolving role of the utility in the value chain - How will the utility business model change as small-scale, distributed renewable energy adoption grows
  •     How can we better operate the utility of the future?
  •     Getting to the promise land: Realising the promise of gas to power in Africa
  •     Infrastructure upgrades to improve efficiency, reliability and reduce costs
  •     Accelerating new builds: Investment required to propel the industry forward
  •     Solving the talent crises
Mar 2711:40
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The African gas outlook

Generation
  •     African gas fast facts
  •     Gas – the flavour of the decade, how long will the trend last?
  •     Demand and supply projections
  •     The LNG revolution - testing traditional gas businesses and pricing models
  •     New off-takers to look out for
  •     Importing country perspectives
  •     Opportunities and challenges for smaller-resource countries
Mar 2711:40
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Interconnecting Africa’s grids – what’s the end game?

Transmission & Distribution
  •     The status of interconnections
  •     Meeting the challenges of operationalising power pools in Africa
  •     Lessons from the SAPP approach
  •     Countries with net exporter ambitions: can they be relied upon?
  •     Holistic approach for grid interconnections in Africa 
Mar 2711:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Kenya and what is being done to open the investment door.

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2711:40
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Accelerating solar deployment in Africa

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     The African solar market outlook
  •     What do cost reflective tariffs of the future in Africa look like? 
  •     The next frontier: Rates, embedded gen and net metering  
Mar 2711:40
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Asset management goes digital

Asset Management
  •     Digital transformation - What it really means for Asset Management
  •     Dataism: What does Big Data mean for asset management?
  •     The algorithm already knows what you are going to do next
  •     Time for IoT 
  •     Leveraging analytics, cloud computing, mobile solutions, augmented and virtual reality, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance
  •     Vendors as partners 
Mar 2711:40
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What the future holds for the global infrastructure ecosystem

Investment
  •     How does the infrastructure space look in 2020? 
  •     Addressing increasing urbanisation and higher demand for power 
  •     Emerging risk issues: Stranded assets, sustainability and disruptive technology 
  •     The role of private capital in developing the next-gen African power infrastructure
Mar 2712:00
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Unpacking Africa’s gas to power projects

Generation
  •     SA’s 3700 MW gas-to-power programme – will it take off?
  •     Gas-to-Power price benchmarks in Nigeria, Mozambique, and Tanzania
  •     Projects to look out for 
Mar 2712:00
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The African grid modernisation effort

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Shaping the future of the grid
  •     Integrating conventional and renewable sources 
  •     Digital disruption in Africa - how will it reshape energy supply?
  •     Making cybersecurity a priority
  •     Retrofitting a grid: Cost effective and easy to deploy grid modernisation technology 
Mar 2712:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Sudan and what is being done to open the investment door.

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
Mar 2712:00
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Building a C&I industry in Africa 

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Failure to launch: Why C&I policy matters and what’s holding it back?
  •     Cracking the big opportunity in small commercial solar
  •     Innovative funding models
  •     Can this sector be competitive without subsidies        Long-term investing in an environment of disruptive change
  •     What are the key long-term challenges for African power as an asset class?
  •     Deal structuring in a world of disruptive technology and innovation
  •     Matching shifting investor risk appetites
  •     Defining future fund models: What’s the optimal fund structure and terms?
Mar 2712:00
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De-risking your PPA

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Understanding your counter party and their creditworthiness
  •     Credit enhancements
  •     Developer examples of recent PPAs 
Mar 2712:00
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Long-term investing in an environment of disruptive change

Investment
  •     What are the key long-term challenges for African power as an asset class?
  •     Deal structuring in a world of disruptive technology and innovation
  •     Matching shifting investor risk appetites
  •     Defining future fund models: What’s the optimal fund structure and terms? 
Mar 2712:20
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Gathering steam - reviving the fracking discussion in South Africa

Generation
  •     The potential of fracking 
  •     What implications will fracking have for the Southern African gas market?
  •     Unlocking economic opportunities in the value chain
  •     Benefits of shale development – socio and economic
  •     How close are we really to seeing this take off 
Mar 2712:20
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Eskom’s 2016-2025 transmission development plan – is all on track?

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Building without an IRP: Are we entering dangerous territory?
  •     Capital constraints & downgrades: Where will the money come from? 
  •     Addressing the elephant in the room –IPPs
  •     Load demand forecast and generation assumptions
  •     Project updates
Mar 2712:20
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Tanzania and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2712:20
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Best practices in developing a Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP)

Asset Management
  •     Creating your SAMP
  •     ISO55001 for performance based maintenance  
  •     Implementing and managing your SAMP
  •     Preventing the case of stranded assets 
Mar 2712:20
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Evolution in financial structures and vehicles enabling investment

Investment
  •     Regulatory changes and their impacts on capital availability
  •     Debt versus equity: how do yields and risks compare?
  •     Options for investment and the investor profile they suit
  •     How to deal with issues of oversight and governance 
Mar 2714:40
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Crossing over: The energy transition to renewable energy

Generation
  •     Can the renewables industry learn from the IT industry paradigm - shifting from mainframe to hydro
  •     Bringing micro hydro capital costs below those of big hydro
Mar 2714:40
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The three Rs: Revenue, returns, & rate design

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Who pays and how?
  •     Your high tariffs are losing you customers – what do you do now?
  •     Generating profits from centralised generation in the age of distributed, multi-source and intermittent power
  •     Alternatives rate design 
  •     Time-of-Use pricing 
  •     The end of estimations  
Mar 2714:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Mozambique and what is being done to open the investment door.

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
Mar 2714:40
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Getting more utility scale projects to market

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Building utility scale solar projects from ground zero
  •     Structuring deals without sovereign guarantees 
  •     Overcoming issues of land acquisition
  •     Securing grid connection and PPAs
  •     Securing finance before construction and PPA guarantee
  •     Experiences from project developers in rolling out utility scale solar projects
Mar 2714:40
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Condition monitoring - back to basics

Asset Management
  •     Acoustic & infrared monitoring 
  •     The most powerful tool in the industry: Dissolved Gas-in-oil Analysis (DGA) 
  •     High performance liquid chromatography
  •     Integrating IoT with low-voltage motors now  
Mar 2714:40
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Private Equity – Betting big on African power infrastructure

Investment
  •     Continuing the upward trend
  •     Managing risks, cross-country projects and long lead time
  •     Hot geos for large capital deployment
  •     Finding investable projects 
Mar 2715:00
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Case for pursuing more pumped storage schemes in Africa

Generation
  •     Closing the power gap with pumped storage
  •     Lessons from Ingula pumped-storage scheme project
  •     Supplier and contractual considerations  
  •     Safety concerns
  •     Potential project locations  
Mar 2715:00
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Case study: M-PESA – Making mobile utility payments mainstream

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Understanding the mobile first customer
  •     Creating ‘Pay As You Go’ models in the utilities sector
  •     Solar pay-as-you-go market – state of play
  •     Tech compatibility & integration 
  •     Customer data security 
  •     The telco utility relationship redefined 
  •     From East Africa to new markets 
Mar 2715:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Angola and what is being done to open the investment door.

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2715:00
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Large-scale PV: Design considerations and case studies

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Design process and considerations
  •     Pre-project planning and site analysis
  •     Tech selection
  •     Asset optimisation and management 
  •     Meeting the challenges of working in a different environment  
Mar 2715:00
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Aging management 101

Asset Management
  •     Steam generators
  •     Boilers
  •     Major components 
Mar 2715:00
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Panel: Unlocking project financing

Investment
  •     New developments, trends and policies updates 
  •     Opportunities for developing infrastructure in Africa
  •     Securing and moving the project pipeline
  •     Project development – Redefining key principles for bankability
  •     Legal issues: Enforcement in project financing 
Mar 2715:20
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Small hydropower in Africa: huge resource, yet limited implementation

Generation
  •     Current status of small hydropower in Africa
  •     Partnerships to advance small hydropower plant development
  •     Small hydro for rural electrification 
  •     Environmental and tourism concerns
  •     Meeting technical challenges
Mar 2715:20
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Adding CSP to Africa's solar energy mix

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     What is holding CSP back?
  •     CSP’s role in grid management
  •     The South African scenario
  •     Launching a pan African CSP association  
Mar 2715:20
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Optimising asset performance

Asset Management
  •     Using contextual optimisation to maximise asset value 
  •     How to minimize asset downtime
  •     Repurposing assets: Scoping value or liability?
  •     Managing remote & ageing assets
Mar 2716:40
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Roundtable Discussion Session

Keynotes
Now’s your chance to get really interactive! Simply pick one of our roundtable topics and join the debate. Numbers will be limited at each table, to ensure everybody gets their chance to participate in the discussion.



 
Mar 2717:40
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African energy projects: Sovereign guarantee or no sovereign guarantee? A choice with a long-lasting impact

Keynotes
  •     Are African power sovereign guarantees worth the paper they are written on? 
  •     Innovative funding models – financing without sovereign guarantees
  •     For the bold and fearless: How to invest in a non-investment grade market
  •     Where are the investors looking to invest

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Mar 2809:00
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Keynote panel: An industry on the move: The utility of the future

Keynotes
  •     Increasing pressure in the global power industry’s core businesses and unprecedented competition across the value chain
  •     Massive opportunities awaiting those able to transform themselves and stay ahead of the curve as new technologies becomes competitive in many markets and have profoundly changed utilities needs
  •     How this is affecting utilities across the globe and in Africa especially as many view the revolution as a threat to their business model
  •     Diversifying the utility’s business model to safeguard profits: Ancillary service revenue opportunities from managing the customer’s home
  •     The grid is going smart: How to position the utility as a broadband service provider 
Mar 2811:40
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Rental power – shaking off the stigma

Generation
  •     Business models & solutions
  •     Building in-country capacity
  •     Tech
  •     Asset management 
  •     The elephant in the room: tariffs
  •     Emergency power case studies 
Mar 2811:40
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Re-Inventing SCADA for the next-gen utility

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Next generation substations
  •     Improving cyber security of SCADA networks in smart grids
  •     Future proof SCADA- Preparing for advanced functionalities 
Mar 2811:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Egypt and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2811:40
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The global energy storage market – Current status and key trends

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     The state of batteries: The rapidly evolving global storage industry today
  •     Market drivers and trends
  •     New tech, applications and best practices
  •     Innovative business models
  •     New finance and funding models
  •     Opportunities ahead - Technology roadmap energy storage 
Mar 2812:00
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Co-gen is going mainstream

Generation
  •     The Co-Gen business case
  •     Developing a hybrid mix 
  •     Selecting appropriate Co-gen tech
  •     Tech & skills capacity
  •     Should utilities be worried?
Mar 2812:00
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How utilities can use Blockchain to modernize the grid & operations

Transmission & Distribution
  •     How blockchain works
  •     Empowering the customer
  •     Decentralising generation
  •     Revolutionising billing 
  •     Smart grid management systems that automatically diagnose network emergencies 
Mar 2812:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Morocco and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2812:00
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Finding energy utopia with energy storage

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Future of  energy storage systems
  •     Regulatory reforms, innovative policies and incentives programmes 
  •     Lessons learned from energy storage procurement in other countries and market adaptations needed
  •     Turning distributed energy storage into a virtual power plant
  •     Integrating energy storage into a utility’s operations 
Mar 2812:20
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Roundtable Discussion Session

Keynotes
Now’s your chance to get really interactive! Simply pick one of our roundtable topics and join the debate. 
Numbers will be limited at each table, to ensure everybody gets their chance to participate in the discussion.
 
Mar 2814:20
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Coal: the comeback kid of African energy

Generation
  •     The coal resurgence in Africa – what is behind it? 
  •     The Chinese factor
  •     Competition with natural gas
  •     The Trump effect: How long till prices go up?
  •     How clean can coal get? Let’s talk about emissions 
  •     How long will the good times last? 
Mar 2814:20
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How to leapfrog into a smart meter future

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Lessons learnt from the initial smart meter implementation
  •     Tackling the elephant in the room – price
  •     Technology options
  •     Improving revenue collection
  •     Tamper detection
  •     Roadmap for future developments 
Mar 2814:20
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Ivory Coast and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2814:20
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Accelerating storage market adoption

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Opportunities ahead - an overview of the African energy storage market
  •     The new economics of African energy storage
  •     Energy storage financing: A roadmap for accelerating market growth
  •     New regulatory and legislative drivers
Mar 2814:40
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Advanced ultra-supercritical mass: Inside the new generation of coal-fired power plants

Generation
  •     World-beating efficiency
  •     Pressure to succeed: ultra-supercritical technology explained
  •     The African promise: Supplying supercritical technology to Africa
  •     Solar augmentation at supercritical coal-fired power stations 
Mar 2814:40
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Beyond the meter: The growing importance of data analytics

Transmission & Distribution
  •     An outcome-based approach
  •     Distributed computing for a devolved grid
  •     Beyond the data analytics: From better billing to building the Internet of Things
  •     Finding an end-to-end solution
Mar 2814:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Benin and what is being done to open the investment door.

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2814:40
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Storage, balancing and capacity: Is a market being created?

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     How important is the co-development of storage projects and technology alongside new renewables capacity?
  •     What are the most viable options to tackle renewables’ intermittency? Batteries, balancing mechanisms, international transmission cables, or a combination?
  •     Is there a greenfield pipeline of bankable projects?
  •     Who is likely to finance these assets? 
Mar 2815:00
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Clean coal - Oxymoron or opportunity?

Generation
  •     The real story with clean coal – The dirty facts, myths and reality 
  •     How clean can coal get?
  •     Clean coal tech: Washing, drying and gasification technologies, ultra and super critical boilers
  •     R&D in clean coal technologies: Experiences, observations & lessons 
Mar 2815:00
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Integrating AMI with prepaid metering

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Experiences with initial roll out
  •     Grid automation leading to consumer empowerment and operational efficiency
  •     Integrating with advanced metering with prepaid metering
Mar 2815:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Senegal and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2815:00
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Electrifying rural Africa with solar-plus-storage

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Market updates, support mechanisms and targets
  •     Opportunities, enablers and hurdles in Sub-Saharan Africa 
Mar 2815:20
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Going nuclear: Africa's energy future?

Generation
  •     Nuclear in Africa– dark clouds or blue skies?
  •     Is the cost worth it?
  •     Where will the money come from?
  •     Re-imagining the energy mix 
Mar 2815:20
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SMART power flow controllers for smart grid applications - Making your dumb grid smart

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Is this cheaper option reliable? 
  •     Finding your way in the matrix of complex available solutions 
Mar 2815:20
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Gabon and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2815:20
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Energy storage for the African utility of today

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     From household to micro-grids
  •     Storage for an aging grid 
  •     Energy storage & the utility business model
  •     How Africa can structure financeable energy storage contracts and incentive programs  
Mar 2815:40
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Nuclear tech 101 - Inside the "black box" of nuclear power plants

Generation
  •     Technology options 
  •     Know-how & sustainable innovations - The big questions answered
  •     International regulation: Leveraging the experience of established nuclear countries
Mar 2815:40
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Pioneering smart inverters for distributed generation 

Transmission & Distribution
  •     Let’s talk tech 
  •     Overcoming high implementation costs
  •     Performing multiple functions for grid support
  •     Minimising several grid integration challenges of DG without additional equipment
  •     Smart inverter pilot projects 
  •     The potential 
Mar 2815:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Central African Republic and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2815:40
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Case study: Strategies and insights from a first-mover utilities 

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     Ground-breaking business models for unlocking storage value
  •     Enhancing existing transmission, distribution and generation assets with storage
  •     Integrating a diverse energy storage fleet 
Mar 2816:00
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BOOM! BOOM! BANG! – Nuclear without fireworks

Generation
  •     Enhancing safety & operation excellence
  •     Radiation protection – What about principles and objectives in the current regulatory environment?
  •     Decommissioning & waste management solutions 
Mar 2816:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in the DRC and what is being done to open the investment door

Country Spotlights
This presentation covers projects from the entire electricity spectrum: generation, transmission and distribution
 
Mar 2816:00
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Utility of the future – Planning and advanced energy storage technologies

Solar & Energy Storage
  •     A truly integrated resource plan
  •     Strategies for the next gen grid
  •     Customer centricity 
  •     The future of energy storage
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