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ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem for utilities of the future

November 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

A dialogue to unlock the economic and human potential of South Africa
DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019
TIMES: 09h00 for 10h00 to 13h30, with networking lunch thereafter
PARKING: Ample parking is available
COST: R150 per person, payable by cash or credit card at the door
Attendance for bona fide media and camera crews covering the seminar is free-of-charge.
Tuesday 22 October 2019
ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem for utilities of the future
As the world moves into the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), the electricity supply industry, involving the generation, transmission, distribution, application and sustainable use of power and energy, is facing momentous technology disruption, driven also by the need to transition to a cleaner, lower carbon future.
In the new world, the old approach of centralised generation with long high-voltage transmission lines to reach consumers at the end, changes to become a meshed network of large, medium and literally thousands of relatively small, distributed generators embedded “behind the meter” on customers’ premises.
The old paradigm of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. The distinction between producers and consumers of electricity is also set to become blurred, as customers shift from being consumers to becoming both producers and consumers of electricity, or “prosumers”.
Utilities of the future will have to place customers and customer choice at the very centre of their new business processes, as they change from being traditional generation, transmission and distribution asset-based businesses, to “platforms” that connect buyers and sellers of electricity.
At the very heart of this revolution is the need for effective ICT bandwidth, spectrum and infrastructure, together with a sound ICT policy, legal, regulatory and planning framework in South Africa, to facilitate universal affordable broadband access, e-business and Industry 4.0 for inclusive economic growth.
This seminar explores the need, role and value of effective ICT infrastructure that can facilitate and support this revolutionary change in the business of electricity supply, incorporating the so-called “smart grid” and associated “prosumer” services in South Africa.
Background
Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a series of morning seminars on important infrastructure issues facing the energy and ICT sectors in South Africa.
The purpose of the seminars is to initiate meaningful, constructive dialogue on energy and ICT infrastructure initiatives needed to unlock the economic and human potential of South Africa.
The seminars will cover political, economic, environmental, policy, legal, regulatory, planning, investment, business, labour and social issues. Attendees will be addressed by a number of key sectoral leaders, followed by open discussion and dialogue with the audience on the challenges arising.
Programme for each seminar
09h00 – 10h00: Registration, breakfast
10h00 – 10h10: Welcome & introduction
10h10 – 11h30: Sector leaders present
11h30 – 11h45: Comfort break
11h45 – 13h00: Audience interaction
13h00 – 13h20: Summing up
13h20 – 13h30: Conclusion and thanks
13h30 – 14h30: Lunch and networking
Sponsorship opportunities
For R6000 + VAT per seminar, your company may have:
– Five complimentary free tickets
– One trestle table for hand-outs
– Two pull-up banners at your table
– Two slides in the rolling slideshow
– Your logo on the event webpage
– Public thanks & acknowledgement
Other Nedbank / EE Publishers seminars in this series
7 May 2019: Ensuring a just energy transition for SA
The need for a just energy transition in South Africa to ensure environmental sustainability and reduce the carbon intensity of South Africa – issues of job creation, education, training, re-skilling and geo-location of clean energy resources for maximum impact and least cost.
25 Jun 2019: Enabling small scale embedded generation in SA
The role of small and medium scale embedded generation and ”smart grid” in meeting the electrical energy needs of the future – the necessary business case, policy, regulatory and financing environment for behind-the-meter solutions such as rooftop solar PV and other distributed generation.
18 Sep 2019: Establishing a viable gas energy sector for SA
How to facilitate a viable gas sector in SA from imported liquefied natural gas (LNG), imported compressed natural gas (CNG) from neighbouring countries, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the SA petrochemical industry, and exploration and exploitation of shale gas in the Karoo and natural gas along the SA coast.
22 Oct 2019: Flexible power generation – a new paradigm in SA
The role and business case for flexible generation, including gas-to-power, pumped water storage, thermal energy storage and battery energy storage systems to complement intermittent wind and solar renewable energy sources, and to provide much needed auxiliary grid services.
26 Nov 2019: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA
The need for effective ICT bandwidth, spectrum and infrastructure, together with a sound policy, legal, regulatory and planning framework in South Africa, to facilitate universal affordable broadband access, e-business and Industry 4.0 for inclusive economic growth.

Details

Date:
November 26
Time:
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Venue

Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Rd, Sandton
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