Week in smart metering - Vision for Africa's power sector

Africa must drive the change to realize the opportunities, writes Claire Volkwyn, Editor, Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 18 May 2016

I have had the pleasure of being on site at African Utility Week and had the privilege of hearing some truly amazing keynote speakers sharing their visions around Africa's power sector.

Mongenzie Ntsokolo of Eskom; Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Jim Rogers who is an ex-CEO of Duke Energy in the US and Kandeh Yumkella who is the CEO for Sustainable Energy for All, spoke about the challenges, but more importantly, about the opportunities that Africa has. One key message that came out of the session was that Africa must be responsible for driving the change. Yumkella challenged utility CEOs, telling them that if they fail at their jobs, people die. Starkly put, in Africa this is the reality. But it's not all doom and gloom. Opportunities abound, funding is available and political will is strongly behind the need for more energy. The important things is to determine what the next steps are.

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