Transmission and Distribution 


Transmission & Distribution, Tuesday 27 March 2018


Organiser’s opening remarks


Chairperson’s opening remarks

Robert Armstrong

Rethinking universal access to energy in Africa

  •     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
Robert Armstrong, Director of MIT Energy Initiative, M.I.T. Energy Initiative

Speed networking


Exhibition viewing, Networking and Refreshments


Network Planning

Oumar Diaw
Transmission & Distribution

Panel: Interconnecting Africa’s grids – what’s the end game?

  •     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 
Musara Beta
Transmission & Distribution

The African grid modernisation effort

  •     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

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Visit

Billing and Revenue

Sam Nwaire
Transmission & Distribution

The three Rs: Revenue, returns, & rate design

  •     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  
Jude Ugwuoke
Transmission & Distribution

Best practices on loss reduction and revenue protection

  •     Revenue protection activities 
  •     ATC& C Loss reduction
  •     Advanced metering
  •     Data analysis Is key to revenue protection
  •     Best practice in calculating loss of revenue 
Jean Jacques Ntab
Transmission & Distribution

Migrating to a new ERP: Best practices for a quick and easy rollout

  •     Cutting through the IT clutter
  •     Prioritising the software deliverables
  •     Hot tips for selecting your ERP partner
  •     Going paperless, data migration and the cloud
  •     Scrutinizing existing processes before mapping them 

Exhibition Visit, Networking and Refreshment


A new revenue model for municipalities

Rens Bindeman, Technical Advisor, SA Revenue Protection Association

International standards (in the power sector) and their importance

Evah Oduor, Regional Director, IEC Africa Regional Centre

Metering solar power

Harold Hayes, Chief Technical Officer, Landis + Gyr Pty Ltd

ROUNDTABLE: Consolidating energy reforms across Africa


ROUNDTABLE: Designing of power plants - Keeping energy efficiency in mind

Gareth Gregory

ROUNDTABLE: Eye on the horizon: How utilities can prepare for a DER future

Brian O'Hanlon

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

  •     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
Brian O'Hanlon, Director of Business Development, Political & Sovereign Risk Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Alan Mukoki, Chief Executive Officer, South African Chamber of Commerce and Inudstry
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Transmission & Distribution, Wednesday 28 March 2018


Chairperson’s opening remarks

Panel discussion

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

  •     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 
Lawrence Jones

Shaping the future of energy

  •     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?

Speed networking


Exhibition Visit, Networking and Refreshments


Blockchain & SCADA

Transmission & Distribution

Re-Inventing SCADA for the next-gen utility

  •     Next generation substations
  •     Improving cyber security of SCADA networks in smart grids
  •     Future proof SCADA- Preparing for advanced functionalities 
Abraham Cambridge
Transmission & Distribution

How utilities can use Blockchain to modernize the grid & operations

  •     How blockchain works
  •     Empowering the customer
  •     Decentralising generation
  •     Revolutionising billing 
  •     Smart grid management systems that automatically diagnose network emergencies 

Inga Interconnection Project (DR Congo) -Cabinda (Angola) -Pointe Noire (Congo)


Roundtable Discussion Session

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.

ROUNDTABLE: Cross border projects – getting them to work


ROUNDTABLE: Intelligence through software: optimising loads, orchestrating resources, and aggregating fleets


ROUNDTABLE: Opportunities in a destabilised African energy environment, setting a new trajectory


ROUNDTABLE: Regulator roundup: Tying it all together


ROUNDTABLE: The Clean Power Plan – The African edition - Lesson’s from Obama’s Clean Power Plan


ROUNDTABLE: The regulatory framework requirement as the electricity supply industry transition distribution generation


Smart electricity

Nelisiwe Magubane
Transmission & Distribution

Smart grid vision 2030 for South Africa

  •     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
  •     The fun stuff: tech considerations
  •     Load demand forecast and generation assumptions
  •     Project updates 
Christo Myburgh
Transmission & Distribution

An open, future proof architecture for smart grid in Africa

Christo Myburgh, CEO, Utility Administration Services
Mohamed Soliman Alyamany
Transmission & Distribution

Egypt's experience: From power shortage, to an agile smart grid

  •     Experiences with initial roll out
  •     Grid automation leading to consumer empowerment and operational efficiency
  •     Integrating with advanced metering with prepaid metering
  •     What’s next?
Jacques Atangana
Transmission & Distribution

Beyond the meter: The growing importance of data analytics

  •     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
Transmission & Distribution

Pioneering smart inverters for distributed generation 

  •     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 
Dr Mohamed Saied
Transmission & Distribution

Planning and integration of flexible HVDC into today's grid

  •     A planner's perspective of basic HVDC technologies
  •     Reducing loss
  •     Integrating renewables from remote locations
  •     How HVDC applications can reliably and economically improve the system 
  •     Technical considerations
  •     Economics and operating experience of HVDC and FACTS
  •     The role of HVDC in the grid of the future 

Exhibition Visit, Networking, Refreshments

last published: 23/Mar/18 09:55