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AIX Power & Renewables 2017

15-16 November 2017

Africa Investment Exchange: Power and Renewables

Enabling power project development in Africa

15-16 November, RSA House, London

AIX: Power and Renewables 2017 at RSA House, London welcomed 180 participants from 29 different countries, was co-produced by CbI’s African Energy, sponsored by Actis, AfIDADEG, DLA Piper, Engie, FMO, GlobeleqInfraCo AfricaJoule AfricaKEDCO, Lumos Global and Winch Energy and supported by Power Africa and the Global Off-grid Lighting Association.

Take a look at the final agenda – featuring 70 named panellists

KfW, the German Development Bank, and the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) launched RLSF, a new instrument to support renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa on the side lines of AIX: Power and Renewables 2017 meeting. Read more

The Africa Infrastructure Development Association (AfIDA) also launched its workshop series at RSA House on 15 November 2017. Read more

Participants benefited from insights provided by CbI’s new African Energy Live Data platform. The Live Data team held a special session on the afternoon of day one, while the platform also fed exclusive data and analysis into a number of sessions across the two days of AIX: Power & Renewables.

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DAY 1 - AIX Power and Renewables 2017

09:00 to 10:10

Africa Power and Renewables Strategy

Supported by analysis from CbI’s African Energy Live Data, the opening session at AIX: Power & Renewables will identify key trends in energy finance policy and regulation, renewable energy programmes and other power generation plans, and examine the growth and impact of off-grid models.

10:10 to 11:25

Providing funding for early-stage development and viable projects

DFIs and public sector funders discuss development finance initiatives and public sector support for ensuring bankable RE and baseload projects.

  • Industry snapshot: How does a power project or investment fit into a blended finance structure?
  • Understanding additionality, structuring early stage risks and project preparation facilities
  • Defining bankability – the public sector view
  • Resource, expertise and funding assistance available to facilitate projects
  • Tariffs and market regulation – creating a sustainable enabling environment
  • World Bank, OPIC and private sector insurance and guarantees

11:25 Coffee

11:45 to 13:00

Mobilising private sector expertise and finance for early-stage development

Responding to the earlier session, private sector investors and developers examine key issues they face overcoming early stage project risks.

  • Structuring early stage risks
  • What is behind successful fundraising?
  • Private sector views on public sector support, including project preparation facilities
  • Defining bankability – structuring deals and accelerating project implementation
  • Overcoming unproven tariffs, offtakers and PPAs
  • Leveraging extractive industry-related investment to finance power infrastructure development

Solar snapshot: opportunities and hard lessons from recent FiT programmes

13:00 Lunch

14:00 to 15:15

Exits and entries

Reaching financial close and attracting private sector financing.

  • Exit strategies for PE and other investors
  • M&A as a means to enter the market
  • Mobilising equities markets to purchase assets
  • Alternative strategies for different project partners
  • Perspectives from stock exchanges, pension funds family offices and other sources of finance

15:15 Coffee

15:45 to 17:00

Unlocking domestic finance

Encouraging a greater role for local entities in power projects, improving access to long-term funding in local currency, strengthening the capacity of local markets and creating opportunities for local investors.

  • Stimulating local capital markets and improving access to local finance
  • Mitigating currency and liquidity risks
  • Blending local finance and impact investors
  • Tuning into the vagaries of local polities

17:15 to 20:00 Evening reception

DAY 1 - Special Sessions at AIX Power and Renewables 2017

10:10 to 11:25

Geothermal Development in East Africa

Break-out session to examine geothermal models in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

  • GDC’s experience developing the Menengai prospect
  • TGDC’s experience in the early stages of developing Tanzania’s geothermal prospects
  • Investor and power developer perspective on opportunities, obstacles and risks

14:00 to 17:15

AfIDA Workshop

The Africa Infrastructure Development Association (AfIDA) will launch its workshop series at the Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables meeting at RSA House, London, 15-16 November.

One of AfIDA’s mandates is to provide research into project development, advocacy and setting standards. The afternoon workshop will review the standard documentation and framework agreements available for power developers in Africa and provide recommendations for the wider industry.

  • Standard of practice for IPPs
  • Project documentation and value
  • Understanding the contents of a JDA for power projects

17h15 to 20h00 Evening reception

14:00 to 15:15

African Energy Live Data: Analysing the project pipeline

African Energy examines the pipeline of electricity generation projects across the continent drawing on the latest research from African Energy Live Data, an unrivalled and indispensable source of information presented for the first time at AIX: Power & Renewables.

Assessing some 2,000 power generation projects currently in development, the session will provide a snapshot of the pipeline on a continental, regional, and country level.
Themes for analysis include:

  • The pipeline of key regions and countries over the coming five years;
  • Fuel and technology mix looking forwards;
  • What are the opportunities and where is the oversupply?
  • Which projects will act as market game changers?
  • How realistic is the pipeline?

DAY 2 - Regional Focus

09:00 to 10:30

West Africa Focus

  • Investment experience and outlook for baseload generation and distribution across the region
  • Overview of renewable energy programmes
  • Success at attracting local finance for solar projects

11:00 to 12:30

North Africa Focus and South-South Co-operation

  • What next for Egypt’s rapidly developing renewables programme?
  • Snapshot of renewable energy programmes in the region and their commercial viability
  • Meeting demands for gas-fired power generation
  • Morocco: an emerging Africa focused financial hub

12:30 Lunch

DAY 2 - Off-grid Investment Exchange 2017

13:30 to 15:00

Electrification strategies

  • Improving transparency, measuring performance and managing off-grid expectations.
  • Incorporating an off-grid electrification strategy in national policy and regulation framework.
  • Update on storage, latest trends and costs.
  • Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) or other off-grid business models: who will be electrifying households and businesses in the next 3 to 5 years?
  • What part will micro- and mini-grids play in the off-grid energy mix?

15:00 Coffee

15:15 to 16:30

Accessing finance

  • Is there investor over-exuberance in the solar home system market?
  • Role of DFIs: creating an environment for commercial banks to participate?
  • Syndication, securitisation, asset-backed financing solutions and other innovative financial instruments.
  • Stimulating local capital for off-grid models.

16:30 End of AIX: Power & Renewables

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Participating organisations included:

Officials, utilities and regional bodies
Africa-EU Renewable Energy Co-operation Programme,
Agence pour le Développement des Énergies Renouvelables au Tchad (Chad)
Electricity Company of Ghana
Electricity Regulatory Authority (Uganda)
Energy Regulatory Commission (Kenya)
Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria
Geothermal Development Company (Kenya)
Industrial Development Corporation (Zambia)
Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO)
Ministry of Energy and Water, DR Congo
New and Renewable Energy Authority, Egypt
Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET)
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission
Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA)
Tanzania Geothermal Development Company

Project developers
Africa Power Systems Management, Aldwych International, Aurora Power Solutions, BioTherm Energy, Bowleven, BWSC, Contour Global, Corbetti Geothermal, CPCS Development International Ltd (CDIL), eleQtra, Engie, Genesis Energy Group, Globeleq, ib vogt, Impala Energy, InfraCo Africa, Mainstream Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Mytilineos, Pan Africa Solar, Phanes Group, Proton Energy, Quantum Power, Ram Energy, Renewable Energy Partner, RP Global, Solizer, Upepo Energy Partners, Virunga Power

Finance and investors
Actis, Acumen, AIIM, Adenium Capital, Africa Finance Corporation, AP Møller Capital, Denham Capital, Fieldstone Africa, GKB Ventures, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, Lion’s Head Global Partners, MENA Infrastructure, Nedbank, Palladium Group, Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers , Power Africa, Qalaa Holdings, Rockefeller Foundation, STANLIB, US Renewables Group, Venturi Renewable Energy

Development finance
African Development Bank, BIO, CDC Group, Climate Fund Managers, DEG, Finnfund, FMO, GuarantCo, IFC, Investment Fund for Developing Countries, Millenium Challenge Corporation, Norfund, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, World Bank

Off-grid energy services
Azuri Technologies, Energy 4 Impact, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), Lumos Global, Mobisol, Opes Solutions, Oxygen Africa, Solarkiosk, Sunfunder, Winch Energy

Professional services
Adam Smith International, Africa GreenCo, Africa Trade Insurance Agency, Alliant, Apricum, Baker & McKenzie, Chatham House, Clyde & Co, Control Risks, Cross-border Information, Dentons, DLA Piper, DMD Consulting, Economic Consulting Associates, ERM, Fortune Engineering, Greenmax Capital, Herbert Smith Freehills, JW Ffooks & Co, Ricardo Energy & Environment, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Trinity International, University of Cape Town, Webber Wentzel, WSP Global, XL Catlin