Scenarios whitepaper: The African Energy Revolution


A brand new study into the future of African power utilities and the challenges they face has highlighted four possible scenarios of what the continent’s energy sector will look like by the year 2030.

This article was originally published in Smart Energy International 2-2019.  The full version will be published on 10 May. Read all articles via our digital magazine today.

In the whitepaper titled: The Future of Energy and Power Utilities in Africa, utilities are envisioned to become either ‘The Lions of Africa’, ‘Hungry Hyenas’, ‘An Elephant Herd’ or ‘White Elephants’, with each scenario having different consequences for both the African energy industry at large as well as the consumer.

The research project was conducted by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with Clarion Energy.

Utilities and the wider industry visualise what African utilities could look like in 2030 and try to answer the important question of how utilities can remain relevant, effective and lead the African energy revolution. Honest reflection of a sector in flux “The Future of Energy and Power Utilities in Africa will no doubt contribute to the on-going dialogue, knowledge sharing, challenging of the status quo and peer-to-peer interaction in the energy sector that we are continually striving to facilitate at our events,” said Natalie Bacon, African Utility Week programme director.