Asian Utility Week 2016 - Day 1 Snapshot

Published: Tue 31 May 2016
A blog entry by Jamie Barnes

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Jamie Barnes
Project Manager

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The first day of Asian Utility Week proved to be a very busy but insightful one for the Engerati studio. We interviewed over 15 professionals in the energy industry, some of which are located in Asia while others, although from various parts of the globe, shared their views on the many exciting developments taking place across Asia.

The utilities we interviewed were excited to speak about their short and long term goals. Mirwair Alami, Chief Commercial Officer at DABS (Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat) gave an update on their CASA-1000 power project and the opportunities that it has created for the country. The success of this and other projects appears to be attracting a great deal of interest from foreign investors. Jose Antonio Valdez, VP and Head of Marketing Customer Solutions and Product Development at Meralco, gave an overview of its energy efficiency strategy which is already seeing much success and Dr Chen Shiun, General Manager, Research and Development at Sarawak Energy highlighted the opportunities that the hydropower Murum project has created for local business.

Frost and Sullivan's Principal Consultant Adhishek Kumar, have us some insight into the developments as well as the challenges of AMI in Asia. He also shared some valuable advice for both investors and utilities in Asia when it comes to taking advantage of the digital transformation in the region. Dr Sukanta Kumar Jena, the Head of China, Hong Kong and South East Asia at Cyient, also spoke about the many opportunities in the region for AMI and how best to harness the potential. Azmy Ameer, Director at BBS Access in Singapore spoke about the enabling of the AMI future of emerging markets and also about addressing the challenges and converting these into economic opportunities.

Overall, the first day highlighted the many opportunities in Asia's digital transformation and the move towards a more customer centric approach. An increase in renewable generation also seemed to be a major focus point at the event.

We look forward to day 2 and will share more of what we have learned from our long list of interviewees tommorrow.