The Africa Energy Forum returned to London this week with three days of discussion on the key issues facing the energy sector in Africa. AEF21 brought together governments, utilities and regulators with investors, developers, service providers and other decision-makers.
Our CEO, Simon Hodson spoke at one of the key interactive panels on “Strengthening the financial health of utilities” alongside representatives from the African Development Bank, IFC, GRIDCo and EDM, Mozambique’s electricity utility.
The panel tackled key questions facing the utility sector in Africa, including what solutions are needed to increase vitally-needed investment; the role of banks and capital markets; and what we can learn from recent examples of success and failure.
Simon and the panel discussed the importance of sustainable business models for the utility sector and also for larger, off-grid, distributed renewable energy projects.
Commenting at the AEF conference, Gridworks CEO, Simon Hodson said: