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Grid Reliability and Utility Operations Conference

4-5 February 2020Accra, Ghana

 

What can emerging research tell us about the challenges facing utilities in delivering reliable energy in low and middle income countries?

Hosted by EEG in collaboration with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), this two day conference showcased findings from emerging research on the challenges facing utilities in low and middle income countries in delivering reliable, sustainable energy to customers.

The keynote speaker was Mr Martin Eson-Benjamin, Chief Executive of Ghana’s Millennium Development Authority. He was joined by an expert line-up of speakers reflecting experience across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, presenting on topics including: the impacts of unreliable electricity supply and the role of technology and utilities in increasing reliability; the impacts of non-technical losses and the remedial measures available; power sector reform, including tariff setting and market structures; dispatch diagnostics, and the technical and human resource constraints facing utilities.

 

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Grid Reliability and Utility Operations Conference 2020

Simon Trace on the key observations from the event

Blog
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Reflections from the Grid Reliability and Utility Operations Conference

Experts and participants share their thoughts

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Agenda

Speaker and presentation schedule for the two day event

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EEG Energy Insight: Moving beyond energy access

The challenge and impact of unreliable electricity in emerging economies

Publication

Programme Speakers (and links to presentations)

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Mr Martin Eson-Benjamin
MiDA
Keynote address
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Dr Linda Davis
Giraffe Bioenergy
Moderator
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Simon Trace
Simon Trace CBE
EEG Programme Director
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Doris Agbevivi
Energy Economist
Role of Digitalisation in Improving Grid Reliability and Efficiency in Africa’s Power Sector: Evidence from Ghana
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Imad Ahmed
Vivid Economics
The cost of power outages to Zambia’s manufacturing firms, households and the climate
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Ing. William Amuna
MiDA
Panellist
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Dr Cherub Antwi-Nsiah
MiDA
Closing gaps in women’s employment in the energy sector: The Ghana Power Compact Internship and Mentoring Program
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Pamela Baldinger
ESMAP
Closing gaps in women’s employment in the energy sector – initial findings from Africa and South Asia
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Mr Badri Nath Baral
Winrock International
A comparative analysis of economic activities spurred by two different types of electricity distribution
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Corinna Bordewieck
Social Impact
Uneven progress: Challenges in reforming the power sector in Malawi (with Daniel Sabet)
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Yemane Brhane Tesfay
Mekelle University and Mekelle Institute of Technology
Load forecasting and distribution network planning for Mekelle City
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Ishani Desai
Millennium Challenge Corporation
MCC’s work in the Energy Sector
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Dr James Dzansi
International Growth Centre
The vicious circle of blackouts and revenue collection in developing economies: evidence from Ghana
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Isa Ferrall
University of California, Berkeley
Electricity reliability patterns in grids and mini grids in East Africa – a collaboration between RAEL and Sparkmeter
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Dr Sied Hassen Mohamed
Policy Studies Institute
The Impacts of prepaid metering on household electricity consumption in Ethiopia
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Veronica Jacome
University of California, Berkeley
Power quality and modern energy for all
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Brian Kinuthia
EED Advisory
The role of open source reliability data in shaping electricity service delivery conversations
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Noah Klugman
nLine, Inc
GridWatch: measuring electricity reliability with GridWatch sensors in West Africa to inform energy decisions (with Catherine Wolfram)
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Shweta Kulkarni
Prayas (Energy Group)
Monitoring reliability in India
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Abdul-Majid Issah Malori
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Generation expansion planning using Python software and LOLE criterion
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Awet Mana Amare
Mekelle University and Mekelle Institute of Technology
Awareness creation on power quality (PQ) problems in industrial customers
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Prof Robyn Meeks
Duke University
Enforcement in electricity services: evidence from a randomized smart meter experiment in Kyrgyzstan
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Samuel Oguah
World Bank
ESMAP: enabling energy and climate strategy and Dispatch Efficiency: a system health check
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Dr Daniel Sabet
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Uneven progress: Challenges in reforming the power sector in Malawi (with Corinna Bordewieck)
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Dr Daniela Salite
University of York
Are cost-reflective tariffs the solution? Assessing Mozambique Electricity Supply Company challenges to provide affordable and reliable services to residential customers
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Alula Yohannes Taddesse
VP Electrical Power Systems
Reliability and voltage sags – the process of regulating voltage sags
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Dr Leake Enquay Weldemariam
Mekelle University and Mekelle Institute of Technology
Characteristics and propagation of short-duration voltage events
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Prof Catherine Wolfram
University of California, Berkeley
GridWatch: measuring electricity reliability with GridWatch sensors in West Africa to inform energy decisions (with Noah Klugman)