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AIX: Power & Renewables 2019

13-14 November 2019

Africa Investment Exchange: Power and Renewables

Enabling power project development in Africa

13-14 November 2019, RSA House, London

AIX: Power & Renewables has become one of the meeting places of choice for Africa’s power sector stakeholders, including leading private and public sector investors, African officials and project developers.

Download the final agenda, featuring 70 confirmed panellists

Sponsored by Actis, AfIDA, AIIM, DEG, Denham Capital, DLA Piper, Engie, GridworksLekelaRicardo Energy & Environment, Themis Energy and Winch Energy the meeting was structured around interactive panel-led sessions, held under the Chatham House Rule and limited to just under 200 participants. The format and size of the meeting provided a rare opportunity for an open discussion and analysis of the continent’s power and renewables market.

The meeting was co-produced by African Energy and supported by Power Africa.

Now in its sixth year, the agenda included streams dedicated to power generation and transmission and distribution, plus access to:

More than 70 panellists participated- see below for their biogs.

Participants benefited from exclusive analysis based on African Energy Live Data – our unique platform that combines a range of analytics tools with project level detail of more than 6,000 power plants across the continent that are operating, planned or under construction.

The 2020 AIX: Power & Renewables meeting will be held in London on 18-19 November.

Contact Lauren Andrews for registration details. Tel +44(0)1424 721667.

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AfIDA Pre-AIX workshop

The Africa Investment Development Association (AfIDA) workshop will be held the day before the start of the sixth annual AIX: Power & Renewables meeting.

The morning-long workshop will be led by:

  • Oliver Andrews, Executive Director and CIO, AFC
  • Vuyo Ntoi, Investment Director, Southern and Central Africa, AIIM
  • Ragnar Gerig, Director Energy, Africa & Asia, DEG
  • Martin Kavanagh, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Joanne Elson, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

Proceedings start with registration and coffee at 08h30 and end with a networking lunch.

The workshop is not included in AIX: Power & Renewables tickets.

Please contact Precious Nkandu, AfIDA, for how to take part in the workshop.

(The workshop is free for registered AfIDA members).

Day 1 – AIX Power & Renewables 2019: Opening sessions

08h30 to 09h00 Registration & coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

09h00 to 09h30

Africa heat map, The Great Room

Led by Jon Marks, Chairman, Cross-border Information, with the African Energy team, the meeting kicks off with a strategic assessment of potential major political and energy industry developments in Africa over the next year.
Unveiling the ‘Heat Map’ to illustrate the political events and industry developments to expect across the continent in 2020.
African Energy scorecard: Analysis of exclusive power sector data from the African Energy Live Data platform, including performance of the sector over the last 12 months, continental electricity supply industry trends, project pipelines and demand growth projections.

09h3o to 10h30, The Great Room

Africa power & renewables – five years ahead

A moderated debate between the audience and a high-level panel including government officials and senior industry players – held, like the rest of the conference under the Chatham House Rule – to discuss some of the big issues confronting the industry and its financiers.

Live polling will capture the mood of the room.

• Transmission and distribution: the next big thing?
• Integrating public and private sector thinking.
• Are traditional state utilities a thing of the past? And are distributed technologies the future?
• Delivering 100% access to energy: who is going to take the lead?
• What ‘transformative’ and ‘disruptive’ change do participants envisage in the next five years?
• How to integrate power with national industrialisation programmes

Chair: Jon Marks, Chairman, Cross-border Information

followed by 10h30 Coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

Day 1 – Stream One: Power Generation

11h00 to 12h30, The Great Room

Utility and regulator perspectives

What is the future for African utilities? What is needed to attract investment to the electricity supply industry?

• Shifting trends in fuel types. Is diesel with the advent of energy storage?
• Is accelerating micro, mini and off-grid solutions forcing utilities and regulators to reassess centralised generation, transmission and distribution networks?
• Tariffs versus reliability/solvency: the future power utility business model.
• What do administrations and regulators want from DFI initiatives and support schemes?
• Affordability verses sustainability the future of the Africa Electricity Supply Industry at balance.
• Risk perception; an unseen enemy to affordability of electricity on the Africa continent.

followed by 12h30 Lunch
sponsored by


13h45 to 15h15, The Great Room

Outlook for private power developers and utility-scale development

As more big investors enter Africa and local SMEs emerge, this session sounds out opinion from: Traditional’ developers; New entrants to the market; Financiers with experience in financing greenfield developments across the continent.

The session will also look:

• at the impact of DFI-led initiatives and early stage development.
• Examining the progress for FIT and auction mechanisms in different countries.
• What is changing in the world of financing for developers and utility scale projects.

followed by 15h15 Coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

15h45 to 17h15, The Great Room

Attracting new investors

Perspectives from private equity, IOCs, institutional investors, domestic capital markets, family offices and other sources of funding on opportunities – and the perennial challenges to private investors.

• IOC investment strategies along the electricity supply chain.
• Attracting international institutional and strategic investment into Africa.
• Evaluating market opportunities in Africa compared to the rest of the world
• What is the right IPP tariff?
• Renegotiated PPAs and other risks.

Day 1 – Stream Two: Transmission & Distribution

Sponsored by

11h00 to 12h30, The Tavern Room

Financing the grid

Public-private partnerships, concessions, independent power transmission model (IPT) and other efforts to strengthen the grid.
• African Energy overview of transmission lines under development and proposed.
• Overview of business models for private investment in transmission, including case studies applicable to Africa.
• Legal and regulatory frameworks for new approaches to T&D investment.
• The role of DFIs and multilaterals.
• Issues around interconnections.

followed by 12h30 Lunch
Sponsored by


Sponsored by

13h45 to 15h15, The Tavern Room

Disrupting T&D in the age of storage

Changing the African energy landscape.

• Investment in storage systems.
• From utility-scale projects to C&I and residential consumers –technologies and costs.
• How storage can help integrate renewables, meet peak demand and strengthen grids.
• Structuring PPAs for solar-plus-storage projects.
• Other technologies.

followed by 15h15 Coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

Sponsored by

15h45 to 17h15, The Tavern Room

Distribution options

• Concessions, management contracts and other models – options, challenges and pitfalls.
• Developing distribution networks as a consumer service, with case studies.
• Electrification programmes that incorporate stronger grids and encourage commercially viable off-grid.
• Financing the ‘last mile’ and reducing network losses.

AIX Power and Renewables Evening reception

17h15 to 20h00

Evening reception, Benjamin Franklin Room


Day 2 – AIX Power & Renewables 2019

Regional focus, The Great Room

09h00 to 10h30

Emerging markets in Southern and East Africa

A focus on countries whose generation and T&D have been attracting investors over the last year.

• Angola and Ethiopia: from socialist models to IPP ambitions.
• Kenya: looking beyond generation.
• Mozambique: getting projects away.
• Uganda: power updates.
• South Africa: life after Eskom?
• Political risk issues.

followed by 10h30 Coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

Regional focus, The Great Room

11h00 to 12h30

West and Central Africa

• Transition towards renewables – a reflection of major changes in the market and its participants.
• Big ticket thermal projects across the region.
• News from the ‘water towers’: hydropower in Guinea, Sierra Leone, DRC etc.
• National and regional strategies to integrate utility-scale projects with mini-grids and other distributed solutions.

followed by 12h30 Lunch
sponsored by

Day 2 – Special session

09h00 to 10h30, Tavern Room

Smaller markets attracting investment

Markets awake: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo and Indian Ocean islands

• DRC: can it really happen.
• Post-conflict projects that could revolutionise ignored markets.
• DFI and commercial models.
• Solar opportunities in extreme frontiers.

10h30 Coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

Off-grid Investment Exchange 2019

10h30 Coffee, Benjamin Franklin Room

11h00 to 12h30, Tavern Room

Understanding off-grid data

Exclusive analysis of the data being generated in the PAYG and mini-grid sector.

• What data is available? Who is generating and mapping trends?
• What data is relevant to investors and can it be generated?
• How can analytics improve portfolio risk assessments?

followed by 12h30 Lunch
sponsored by

14h30 to 15h30, The Great Room

The off-grid toolkit

Residential, mini-grid and commercial-scale options, and how they fit together

(Coffee will be served in the room during the Off-grid Investment Exchange)

AIX Gas: 2019 Update

13h30 to 15h00, Tavern Room

Africa gas update

Highlighting key trends across the value chain.

• Domestic supply and export expectations.
• Snapshot of LNG import projects.
• Innovative partnerships and structures: combining investors with upstream players.
• Who is investing in domestic gas IPPs.

15h00 Coffee, served in the room

15h15 to 16h30, Tavern Room

Scaling small-scale LNG

A look at the prospects of small-scale LNG in Africa.

• Onsite regasification and other important milestones in the market.
• Examining how industry, small power plants and transport can anchor small schemes.
• To what extent will LNG displace diesel and HFO?

Participating organisations include:

Utilities, regulators and officials

African Legal Support Facility, Electricity Control Board (Namibia), Electricity Regulatory Authority (Uganda), Ewura (Tanzania), Ghana Energy Commission, Ghana Grid Company Limited (GridCo), Global Affairs Canada, KenGen, Mainstream Energy Solutions, Ministry of Energy (Ghana), Ministry of Energy (Kenya), Ministry of Energy & Power Development (Zimbabwe), Ministry of Energy (Senegal), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Office of the Vice President (Nigeria), Rural Electrification Agency (Nigeria), Rural Electrification Agency (Zimbabwe), UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Department for International Development (Dfid), UK  Department for International Trade (DIT)

Power developers

Aenergy, Africa-Ren, Aggreko, Aldwych International, Azura Power, Berkeley Energy, BP, EDP Renovaveis, Engie, Eni, EP Global Energy, Globeleq, Gravitricity, Gridworks, Impala Energy, InfraCo Africa, Joule Africa, Lekela, Manitoba Hydro, Milele Energy, Orascom Construction, Rensource Energy, Themis Energy, Voltalia, Wartsila, WSP


BBOXX, CrossBoundary, Ekta Partners, Engie eps, GOGLA, Konexa, ManoCap, Nithio, Nuru, Odyssey Energy Solutions, Rubitec Africa, Shell Foundation, Sunfunder, Tesla, Trine, Winch Energy, Zola Electric

Gas sector

BP, Gasfin Development, Hanas, Latham & Watkins, Methanex, New Age (African Global Energy), NLNG, Orca Exploration, Sasol, Savannah Petroleum, SLR Consulting, Total

Development finance

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, BIO-Invest, CDC Group, CDP, DEG, EBRD, Export–Import Bank of the US (EXIM), FinDev Canada, FMO, IFC, JBIC, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), Norfund, Power Africa, Swedfund, USAID

Finance and investment

Actis, Africa50, AIIM, AP Moller Capital, Blue Orchard, Camco Clean Energy, Denham Capital, Empower New Energy, Finergreen, Lion's Head Global Partners, Macquarie Group, Maris, Nedbank, New Africa Clean Energy Fund, Pash Global, Standard Chartered Bank, Total Ventures, TPG Europe

Professional services

Addleshaw Goddard, African Energy, Africa Infrastructure Development Association (AfIDA), Alliant Insurance Services, Associação Lusófona de Energias Renováveis (ALER), Baker McKenzie, Bird & Bird, Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, Cross-border Information, Deloitte Consulting, DLA Piper, DNV GL, EMFin Advisory, GreenMax Capital Advisors, Herbert Smith Freehills, ITeChnologies (ITC), JLT Group, John W Ffooks & Co, Kuungana Advisory, Matleng Energy Solutions, Mauritanian British Business Council, Multiconsult, Osterwald Rathbone & Partners, Pinsent Masons, Ricardo Energy & Environment, Tonbofa Law Practice, Trinity International, University of Cape Town, University of Oxford, Vivid Economics

Royal Society of Arts (RSA House)
8 John Adam Street
London, WC2N 6EZ

The Venue
Conveniently located in central London within easy walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and the South Bank, RSA House was designed by Robert Adam in the early 1770s, and is the historic home of the Royal Society of Arts. A famous centre for Enlightenment thinking, the building has been the intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 200 years. Today it is also recognised as one of the most exclusive and sought after locations for executive meetings in London.

London – access to international funds
The world’s leading global financial centre, home to a large number of internationally significant banks, businesses, and stock exchanges, and barometer for international investor appetite in Africa’s growth industries.

London is an ideal destination which provides African industries access to a large international audience as well as the opportunity to capitalise on the city’s financial expertise.