There are many conferences and seminars currently underway, why should I spend money to attend this?
The SANEA electricity supply industry event is unique in that it is not a seminar or exhibition. This important event is owned and organised by SANEA who has as its aims to stimulate original thought and catalyse transformation of the Energy Sector. The main aim of the event is to facilitate debate and discussion with particular focus on the imminent fundamental shift in the structure of the electricity supply industry.
Why a debate centered on the imminent fundamental shifts in the electricity supply industry?
South Africa is at a point where important decisions need to be made about the future nature of the electricity supply industry. The transmission system needs to be expanded and strengthened and the distribution system is in desperate need of refurbishment, extension and modernization.
The historical model where Eskom dominated generation and transmission and distribution was largely handled by local government is not necessarily appropriate for South Africa over the next 20 - 30 years. Already the private sector is playing an increasing role in generation [via the renewable energy IPP procurement programme] and many large consumers have already installed, or are considering, own generation and co-generation options. The rules for handling wheeling, embedded generation and access to the national grid are being tested and need to adapt to the changing circumstances; circumstances that include diverse technologies, diverse ownership and increasingly active and demanding consumers.
On the distribution end of the supply chain there is a general appeal for smart metering and reverse metering so that consumers with their own supply options, large and small, can sell their excess power back into the grid. There are major implications for tariff structures and for the revenue streams of local government. Local authorities have traditionally depended on electricity supply as a major source of revenue and have used it to cross subsidise other essential services. Changing these cash flows will have major implications for service delivery.
Consumers of course have to prepare themselves for this new world and make important decisions on how to position their businesses so as to extract full advantage from the new structures and systems. Regulators and other government bodies [national, provincial and local] will face many decisions as they work to ensure equity for all parties in this dynamic future. The difficulties of managing the interconnected grid with such diverse interfaces will be huge.
And all the above is without even considering the advent of off-grid and micro-grid energy solutions for those who currently have no, or limited, access to reliable and affordable electricity supply.
Decision made over the next few months and years will set the framework for our future electricity supply systems. This is the time for bold and innovative ideas to be presented and debated so that we collectively ensure that future electricity supply systems enable a prosperous South Africa.
Where and when is it happening?
Sandton Convention Centre, Friday, 19 February 2016, 07:00 - 15:30
How much does it cost to attend?
For SANEA Members: R2 500-00 (Excl VAT), including all refreshments during the day
For non-SANEA Members: R3 000-00 (Excl VAT), including all refreshments during the day
Who else will be there?
We have invited key stakeholders in the industry, including Government representatives, Industry relevant media.
What will happen with the outcomes of this session?
A report on the insights gained will be distributed after the event.
Will I be quoted by the media?
SANEA has excellent relations with the media and we will also invite media representatives in the industry, such as Creamer Media, EE Publishers, etc to attend. SANEA will handle all media liaison, such as statements, enquiries, interviews, etc.
I am interested. What are the next steps?
We will add you to our invitation list and a formal invite will be sent to you in the coming weeks.