As electricity consumers demand more convenience and flexibility, utilities, regulators, and customers themselves will have to decide which investments to make—and who should pay for them. Stakeholders in the electricity-utility industry face challenges that have been building for years. As electricity supply and demand evolve, they must rethink the fundamentals of cost allocation, customer value, and rate design.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will host a delegation of senior public and private sector officials from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda for an East Africa Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) from February 26- 8 March 2018. The RTM is designed to introduce delegates to U.S. technologies and industry best practices in the smart grid sector. Delegates will participate in site visits and meet with U.S. government stakeholders, U.S. utilities, and U.S. companies to discuss technologies to reduce losses and improve reliability as well as policies, regulations, and financing mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of smart grid projects.
Having reliable data and indicators on how energy is used is key to informing and monitoring the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies. Highlighting the importance of such data, the IEA has for the first time published an Energy Efficiency Indicators database with annual data from 2000 to 2015.
The database covers end use energy consumption for 8 energy products and includes end use energy efficiency indicators and carbon intensity indicators for 4 sectors (residential, services, industry and transport) for IEA member countries. These indicators are computed by using key sectorial activity data.
The power and utilities (P&U) sector is going through one of the most transformative stages since its inception. Behaviors are shifting, governments and consumers alike are demanding cleaner energy, and evolving technologies drive a more decentralized and increasingly digital model. How utilities succeed in making the transition will depend on how effectively they manage their most important risks.