Discussions with any power utility or generator across Africa will raise a number of issues – top of these is the apparent unavailability of finance for project development. Have the same discussion with financiers and investors, and they will tell you that there is no shortage of funding, only a shortage of bankable projects. How then, do we bridge the gap between projects and developers?
A multi-pronged approach is what is needed, one that encompasses a re-think of some of the legislation and regulation within national borders, updating processes and providing a clearer indication of the availability of projects and the criteria for being considered ‘bankable’.
At African Utility Week and PowerGEN Africa you will be able to find solutions to these considerations through an understanding of the landscape in which financiers and utilities operate, there the disconnect is between them and who is actively involved in project development and funding across the continent.
We will also unpack significant changes to legislation or regulation that will impact either investment opportunities, the opening up of new markets and, of increasing important, how the energy transition will enable and benefit all citizens and communities.
- Understand how you can access the funding available for project development
- Understand the implications of the IRP for South Africa’s energy landscape and future energy mix
- Learn about developments across the world to ensure that the energy transition is not just technically successful, but that it is just – ensuring access and fair pricing to all
- Get to grips with strategies to extend the life of your generation plant and plan out your grid and asset life extension to the benefit of your balance sheet and your customers
- Understand what it takes to encourage private sector participation in your energy sector – with discussions ranging from the importance of utility reform to the role of talent and viable tariff structures
- Consider the importance of the productive use of energy and its implications for the financial security of your utility.