The final deadline for entries for the prestigious Prepayment Innovation Awards is May 15, 2007.

Entries for the awards, one for prepayment technology innovation and the other for prepayment project excellence, are invited from companies and utilities across the globe.

The awards will be announced and presented at African Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from May 28 – June 1, 2007.

In 2006, the Best Technology award was won by the Expertron Group for their ‘Cell power’ electronic voucher vending system, while Johannesburg Water received the Best Project award for its ‘Operation conserve water’ initiative.

“As South Africa is a pioneer in this market, we have decided to pit local skills against international innovation and therefore are opening up the award to international entries. Different social environments create different demands,” says Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of Smart Energy International.

African Utility Week is the largest gathering of African utilities on the continent to discuss metering, billing and customer service issues, as well as other power sector developments, with 1,200 participants in 2006.

For more information on the Prepayment Innovation Awards and on African Utility Week, visit www.african-utility-week.com