I’m getting ahead of myself this week, with events in October and November in Washington DC, London and Johannesburg, and well into 2013 in Honduras (though you’ll actually need to think about that one quickly because it’s related to a call for proposals with a deadline of 28th Sept this year). If you can’t wait that long for your clean energy fix then you can learn about cross border trading of electricity in Harare in August.
Do the answers to electricity questions lie across borders?
Power pools are emerging in Africa within the various sub-regions to serve as arrangements between interconnected electric systems of the various countries, with the view to supplying power in the most reliable and economical manner, for their combined load requirements.
The African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) in association with the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), will conduct a training programme in Electricity Markets, Cross Border Trading and Power Pools in Harare, Zimbabwe from 20th – 23rd August 2012. The Course objective is to enable participants to understand the structure of electricity markets and operation of power pools.
Utility scale renewable developments in the USA
Last month the US Department of the Interior (DOI) approved a 350-megawatt (MW) PV project 30 miles north of Las Vegas that RenewableEnergyWorld.com says is the first on tribal land. If built, the project will go on about 2,000 acres of tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Clark County, Nevada. The DOI acts as the trustee for more than 55 million acres of tribal land and resources nationwide. The project would be owned by the tribe, but developed and operated by K Road Power. The project is expected to be built in three phases between 100 and 150 megawatts, with the first phase targetted for completion in 2014.
For all things renewable in the USA, attend RETECH 2012 (17-19 Oct, Washington DC) which offers sessions including business development opportunities, topical professional development, current trends, the newest technologies and important up-to-date information on the changing legislative and regulatory landscapes.
Uncertain times for wind investors
Uncertainty about government support for the UK wind industry is harming investment, according to the CBI. Last week the U.K. government delayed a decision on funding, and yesterday the Scottish Government responded with a statement saying that it will cut subsidies for onshore wind power by 10 percent to end the uncertainty. See here for more on that story.
The Envirotech & Clean Investor Summit Europe 2012, 7-8 Nov, London UK, will addresses the growth and financing challenges faced by emerging environmental and clean technology companies and the strategic issues occupying the leading energy companies. Friends of REEEP can claim a 10% discount on the fee.
Energy Efficiency in Southern Africa
REEEP’s host organisation for our Southern Africa Regional Secretariat was officially launched in Johannesburg last week. SANEDI – the South African National Energy Development Institute was established through the merger of the South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) and National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA). At the launch, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters talked of the need for Government to also become more energy efficient: “Government spends a lot of money on electricity,” she said.
Energy efficiency will be the focus of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (2012SAEEC) on 14-15 November in Johannesburg. An event serving the energy management-, environmental-, facilities building upgrades-, energy engineering-, cogeneration-, power generation-, and efficiency improvement industries. It aims to be a comprehensive forum where you can fully assess the big picture – and see exactly how all the economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and industry trends merge to shape the critical decisions on your organisation’s energy and economic future.
Presentations will be based on local governmental policies and regulatory requirements that are in operation and those that are imminent for release; the latest national and international standards that are applicable in the industry; schemes that provide incentives and subsidised financing opportunities for energy efficiency through local banks, international and local organisation partnerships, government initiatives; the latest on carbon taxes; and energy efficiency tax incentives.
Calling Clean Energy Businesses in Central America & the Caribbean
CTI PFAN has recently announced the launch of its Call for Proposals for the Clean Energy Financing Forum for Central America & the Caribbean. Clean Energy Projects from the region are invited to submit project proposals for participation in the Forum. Selected projects will be provided with free professional support and assistance on the preparation of bankable business plans and professional investor pitches and connected with investors and finance at a specially organised Investor Forum to be held in Honduras in April 2013. CEFF-CAC is open to entries from clean energy projects in any Central American or Caribbean country. The deadline for submission of proposals is 28th Sept 2012.
I’ll be back with more on clean energy events in two weeks.