Key themes to be discussed at the next Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables meeting at RSA House on 1-2 November 2023:
- The state of the industry: delivering change in the power sector
Government leadership and positive policy moves. What support is required from international partners.
- Opening up traditional markets
Strategies for private sector and utilities to co-exist.
- Developing the grid
The future of wheeling, build-out of the transmission network, managing variability and innovative ancillary services.
- African IPPs: an endangered species?
New entrants to the market as well as ‘traditional’ developers and financiers share their experience in financing greenfield developments across the continent.
- What next for African C&I?
Examining integrated business models including analysis of ‘hybrid C&I’: Solar + gas + diesel + BESS + CNG + LPG.
- Is it all about mini-grids?
Focusing on recent procurement programmes and portfolio funding models.
- Linking power markets
Prospects for a fully interconnected transmission grid in Africa with well-functioning power pools.
- Critical minerals and power supply
New mining developments coming on stream and alternative energy solutions helping mining operations reduce their carbon footprint.
Finance and private development focused themes:
- New scramble for renewable energy finance
Blended finance and other solutions to fund the flow of big-ticket GH2 deals, P2X products, desalination plants and large-scale RE projects required to meet SDG7.
- Mobilising private finance
Issuing bonds, leveraging private credit, using risk transfer products and other options available for DFIs to scale-up investment in clean energy.
- Carbon markets revisited
To what extent is the AIX community thinking about accessing current and/or future carbon markets?
- Engaging local capital
Local currency guarantees and other mechanisms unlocking domestic sources of capital
- Country focused roundtables
Direction of travel for key markets, such as Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Fragile States.
Vote here to have your say on which countries to focus on.
- Thematic roundtables
Topics could include hydroelectric power, utility-scale solar, regional interconnections, desalination, storage and clean cooking. Vote here to have your say on which topics to focus on.
- Matching finance and projects
There is plenty of money available but never the right sort, is a common theme at past AIX meetings. Led by experts, the roundtable discussions will focus on equity, debt, guarantee and grant finance available for the industry.
About the African Investment Exchange (AIX) meetings
- We are focused on producing meetings that establish an enduring dialogue for energy industry professionals, with the aim of stimulating business engagement, deal-making and long-term partnerships.
- The established AIX format has been running for 9 years, and is known for its robust debate and knowledge-led approach.
- Panel discussions under the Chatham House Rule address key market opportunities and examine how to break down barriers to investment.
- It is held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA House) in London, which provides a relaxed setting to network and arrange meetings.
- AIX is organised by African Energy, a consultancy that has been involved at the heart of the debate surrounding the development of the energy sector in Africa for more than 20 years.