Africa’s main energy industry trends
Mr Ballard highlights asset optimization as the biggest trend. He says the extension of a generation plant’s life is a key factor. Other trends in Africa include the improvement of accessibility (and the many ways of achieving it), building local skills so that the local industry can be self sufficient, and improving customer engagement by meeting the needs of the digitally-enabled customer.
Proactive maintenance of assets
Mr Ballard says there should be more focus on the proactive maintenance of assets through the use of data. He suggests, “A more predictive approach to maintenance will result in better production levels and a bigger ‘bang for your buck’.” The proper analysis of data will also help improve revenue management and it will enable utilities to target customers who have the capability of becoming prosumers.