RE & EE Events Listing: New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, UK, USA

This Events Listing is slightly late, but it’s bursting with goodness – take your pick below from New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, the UK and the USA.

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On 20 June, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced on an historic visit to Canberra to address the joint sitting of the Australian parliament that he has given the go ahead for his country’s emission trading scheme (ETS) to be linked with the Australian government’s carbon price mechanism. Mr Key told reporters in Canberra that it made sense for the two countries to have symmetry, saying he did not want to see changes to the two nations’ investments because of their schemes and the two economies were so closely linked already. Mr Key said his ETS added about $150 a year to household expenses. The penalty has been capped at about $NZ12, or Australian $10 a tonne of carbon pollution produced by a company. The penalty is expected to rise to NZ$25 by by 2013.

New Zealand Minister for Climate Change Issues Nick Smith and Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency Hon Mark Dreyfus will host a joint session at the upcoming Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business conference, 1-2 August in Wellington.


On 12 April 2011, the European Commission adopted the Communication “Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment.” The Communication sets policy directions to drive forward the deployment of future European electricity networks.

Bringing together latest progress in Information and Communication technologies and network development will allow electricity current to flow exactly where and when it is needed at the cheapest cost. Smart grids will give in particular to consumers the ability to follow their actual electricity consumption in real time: smart meters will give consumers strong incentives to save energy and money. Estimates show that smart electricity grids should reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 9% and the annual household energy consumption by 10%. They also help to ensure secure functioning of the electricity system and are a key enabler of both the internal energy market and integration of vast amounts of renewable.

To find out more about current developments attend Smart Grids – Smart Cities, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal on 13-14 September, where you will hear from leaders in the field and explore cutting-edge case studies of buildings and cities that lead the world in sustainable design and energy efficiency.

REFFin’ all over the world

Nothing gets built without finance. Next up in the ongoing and long-established Renewable Energy Finance Forum series – London (REFF London, 20-21 Sept, London, UK) and San Francisco (REFF West, 26-27 Sept, San Francisco, USA). Expect the usual high level participants including investors and senior executives from across the renewable energy and technology sectors, providing cutting-edge insight.

Into Africa

Finally, a couple of events about infrastructure in Africa:

A bright future lies ahead for hydropower in Africa. It is expected that by 2020, hydropower is to account for 52% of West Africa (excluding Nigeria) and 79% of East Africa’s total new additional generation capacity. At least 20, 000MW of hydropower capacity is expected to be added to sub-Saharan Africa’s hydropower capacity by 2015 through both refurbishments of existing old plants and the construction of new projects. A significant number of international IPPs are also exploring opportunities to use Africa’s hydro resources to generate private power.

ESI Africa’s 4th annual Hydropower Africa 2011, 19-23 Sept, Johannesburg, South Africa, is a niche meeting forum where comprehensive presentations, panel discussions and focused sessions will address the issues surrounding the financing and the implementation of hydropower projects in Africa – both large and small.

N.B. as a Friend of REEEP you are entitled to 10% discount for registrations up to 31 July (quote code: HPA-REEEP02).

Also covering a wide range of investments in Africa, though the event is taking place in London, UK, is Africa Green Investment Gateway, 14-16 Sept, which aims to launch an era of sustainable development investments across African industrial infrastructure. The conference will provide an interactive platform for teams of international experts, investors, and consultants to engage with high level government officials, technocrats and Africa’s private sector.

I’ll be back with more on events in ten days or so.

James Smith, REEEP Community Facilitator


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