The first ever Smart Grids Africa event was a great success with 118 delegates attending. The event, which was held in Johannesburg from July 28-30, 2008, consisted of a 2-day executive forum followed by a 2-day ‘Smart Grid 101’ seminar, led by international utility expert Doug Houseman of the Smart Energy Alliance, USA.
Highlights included the opening session, chaired by Johannesburg’s City Power managing director, Silas Zimu, and inaugurated by Thembani Bukula, Member, National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
The intensive and interactive 2-day workshop discussed the “re-thinking of the grid”, especially in terms of the present challenges faced by South African utilities and the need of ensuring supply security for the future. Possible technologies that could be implemented as well as the relevance of renewables were evaluated.
Several speakers highlighted the importance of active customer participation, formulating the term of the “smart customer”.
Smart Grids Africa was sponsored by HP (Platinum), Cisco, IMS, PMT (Gold), BPL Africa and Trilliant (Silver sponsorships).
For more information on this year’s event, visit www.smart-energy.com/smartgridsafrica.