RE & EE Events Listing: South Africa, UK, Singapore, Canada

Who’s ready for 2011? If you’ve not got your new year’s RE and EE mojo working yet, how about a  a nice conference to find out what interesting developments are taking place? That should get you thinking… I’ve got news of stuff from four corners of the earth so there should be something near you.

Africa starts making sense of Cancun

Remember Cancun? It feels an age ago, and a world away as I huddle next to the wood-burning stove here in the European winter. I imagine it’s a bit warmer in South Africa, where the African carbon finance industry will gather later this month for Carbon Markets and Climate Finance Africa 2011, taking place on 25-26 January in Johannesburg, and digesting what COP 16  means for Africa is high on the agenda.

Is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it’s SuperGrid!

Ministers from ten European countries bordering the North Sea have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering an agreement to develop an offshore electricity grid enabling interconnection between continental, offshore and British energy resources. The ministers have agreed to start working on regulatory and technical issues, as evidence points to the fact that sourcing electricity from a wider European geographical pool of generators can both increase use of renewable electricity and drive down cost to the consumer. Synergistic SuperGrid for Transmitting Energy Overseas 2011, 19-21 January 2011, London, UK, will bring together leading experts to discuss the latest SuperGrid developments and technological innovations.

It’s a Power and Electricity World…

… and we want to make it more efficient and renewable. Utilities, operators, developers, government and investors from two continents will gather at the end of March to focus on investment opportunities, funding options and challenges faced by the industry. Take your pick from Power & Electricity World Asia 2011, 21-25 March in Singapore or Power & Electricity World Africa 2011, 28 March-1 April 2011, Sandton, South Africa (or maybe go to both, there’s a couple of days in between to make the journey 😉

Oh Canada

I spent a very happy summer in Ontario when I was 18. Whilst there I learned to canoe, windsurf and waterski, but if you go this year you can learn how to finance renewable energy or use RETScreen:

Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy Act has now been in operation for over a year. As a result it is no longer a question of how popular the scheme and the demand for contracts has been but what is the timeline for projects being developed? Can the projects meet the tight criteria outlined when the contracts were first granted? Meet financiers and developers at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) Canada on 5-6 April in Toronto.

REEEP has been proud to support various stages of the development of RETScreen and watch as it goes from strength to strength, as demonstrated by the inaugural RETScreen Annual Conference & Training Institute, 20-22 June in Niagara Falls. This event will bring together RETScreen International and some of its many (270,000+) users and stakeholders from across the globe.

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