Alternative Energy Mix-A model that works for Africa
Day: Sunday, 4th of October
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Room: Hall 1B
The existence of abundant renewable energy resources such as wind and solar, and the vast discoveries of natural gas in Africa present excellent opportunities for the continent to meet its energy needs. This session discusses how Africa can leverage these resources and the human energy to provide sustainable energy in urban and rural areas, evolve local energy markets and accelerate economic development.
Organisers: Energy Africa Conference
- Professor Luka Powanga, Regis University, Executive Director, Energy Africa Conference
- Jason Nagy, Founder, Founder, Mainspring Innovation, LLC and former Manager, USTDA, Africa
- Craig Morkel, Projects Director, iKapa Energy (Pty) Ltd
Chairperson: Professor Luka Powanga, Regis University, Executive Director, Energy Africa Conference
- Doug ARENT, Executive Director- Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Proposed Topic: Why and how gas and renewable energy resources and technologies need to complement each other, including the following sub-topics:
- Intermittency of Renewables and its impact on grid stability in the absence of affordable energy storage solutions;
- Optimal utilisation of available gas and renewable energy resources and in national, regional and micro-grid scenarios; and
- Energy planning approaches, including supply and demand scenarios.
- Sisa NJIKELANA, Chairperson – South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA)
- Proposed Topic: The energy planning and procurement processes for IPPs to realise complementary gas and renewable energy projects including the following sub-topics
- The Integrated Energy Plan and related Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity and Gas Utilisation Master Plan;
- The Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme;
- The Gas To Power Programme; and
- Spare grid capacity as a finite resource.
- Ayanda NAKEDI, Senior General Manager (Renewables Unit) – Eskom Renewables
- Proposed Topic: Renewable energy within the energy mix and impact on transmission and distribution grid planning, including the following sub-topics:
- The availability of solar, wind and other renewable energy resources;
- The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) and related Grid Connection
- Capacity Assessment (GCCA);
- The Strategic Environmental Assessment process to prioritise the optimal location of Renewable Energy projects; and
- Utility collaboration with IPPs to secure grid connections.
- Mthozami XIPHU, Executive Chairman – South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA)
- Proposed Topic: Gas resources for utilisation within the energy mix and potential synergies with renewable energy resources, including the following sub-topics:
- The availability and timing of indigenous gas – offshore, onshore, conventional and unconventional;
- The importation of gas – piped-gas and liquefied hydrocarbon gases;
- The Strategic Environmental Assessment process to identify and mitigate the risks associated with shale gas hydraulic fracturing;
- The need for considering similar assessments of Coal Bed Methane and the gasification of coal – above and under-ground – to contribute to clean coal and gas utilisation targets within the energy mix; and
- Considering the gaps between gas pipeline and electricity grid infrastructure to optimally utilise gas resources.
- Kasief ISAACS, Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure Development – Mergence Investment Managers
- Proposed Topic: The critical success factors for IPP projects, with a focus on bankability, including the following sub-topics:
- Project site location selection matched to energy resources, noting security of supply and a means to evacuate such power to off-takers;
- Permits, licenses, Environmental Impact Assessments to comply with Equator Principles and ESG requirements of investors and financiers;
- Key Bankability criteria under Build Own Transfer (BOT) and Build Own Operate Maintain (BOOM) procurement models;
- Project Finance backed by sovereign guarantees and or creditworthy off-takers offering Power Purchase Agreements; and
- Alternatives to Project Finance.
- Georgios Pergamalis, Head, Business Development-Africa and Middle East– ENEL Green Power
Proposed topics: How to evolve local energy markets including the synergy between natural gas and renewables and project lead times. .
List of Speakers
- Luka Powanga, Professor Regis University and Executive Director, Global Commerce Forum
- Mr Njikelana, Chairman of the SA Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA); former Member of Parliament (National Assembly, 2004-2014), incl. as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) on Energy and member of the PPC on Trade and Industry.
- Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Ayanda Nakedi, Senior General Manager – Renewables Unit, ESKOM
- Sisa Njikelana, Chairperson, South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA)
- Georgios Pergamalis, Head, Business Development – Africa & Middle East at Enel Green Power, ENEL Green Power
- Mthozami Xiphu, Executive Chairman, South African Oil & Gas Alliance
- Kasief Isaacs for Infrastructure Equity Investments, Portfolio Manager , Mergence Investment Managers