Africa Continental Interconnectivity (including Africa Clean Energy Corridor)
Day: Monday, 5th October 2015
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Room: Ballroom East
Africa is changing fast. By 2050, it will be home to two billion people, three out of five who will live in cities. Although Africa’s total electricity consumption increased from 170billion kilowatt-hours in 1980, to 600 billion kilowatt-hours in 2010, the continent still has one of the lowest electricity consumptions per capita and low rates of electricity access. Furthermore, power generation deficit compounded with ageing infrastructure are hampering security of supply and economic development.
In response to the challenges, African countries and regional bodies—in collaboration with international organisations and partners—have developed a regional approach in the power sector. This will enable the creation of regional power markets through the integration of existing infrastructure and development of regional projects with high transformation potential.In this regard, the African Union Commission, in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency formulated the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). Furthermore; IRENA is assisting the regionin the transition to a greater share of renewable energy in the energy supply mix. In this context the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC) is a regional initiative calling for accelerated development of renewable energy potential and cross-border trade of renewable power within the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
Questions to be addressed by the session
- There are significant barriers to a renewable powered future such as: an inefficient and under-financed power sector, low tariffs, distorted pricing in energy resources, lack of awareness of renewable energy potentials and opportunities. How can governments, private sector and international community best join hands in supporting Africa harness its tremendous renewable energy resources and advancing the continent’s vision to promote green investment?
- Building on the foundation established by African countries and regional bodies aiming to address Africa’s rapidly growing electricity demand with clean, indigenous, cost-effective power options. What are the challenges and opportunities to achieve the Africa Continental Interconnectivity in a sustainable manner? To what extent can renewable energy technologies support the Africa Continental Interconnectivity and in the process address challenges of security of supply, energy access while promoting sustainable economic growth?
- We are witnessing regional initiatives both home-grown and international driven working on providing a secure Africa-wide electricity system. How can regional initiatives such as Africa Clean Energy Corridor help address these challenges? How can the international community better support such initiatives that promote Africa Continental Interconnectivity in a sustainable manner?
- Mr. Sisa Njikelana, Chairperson, South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA), South Africa
- Ms.Thembakazi Mali, Senior Manager Clean Energy, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), South Africa
- Mr. Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director – Country Support and Partnerships, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
- Mr. Remigious Makumbe, Director of Infrastructure and Services, SADC Secretariat
- Mr. Segomoco Scheppers, Senior General Manager, Eskom, South Africa
- Mr. Elijah Sichone, Executive Secretary, Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA), Namibia