Creating Africa’s Utilities of the Future
Dr. Shirley, Rebekah
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Power utilities in most African countries face critical challenges in delivering universal, affordable, reliable energy service to their customers. The sector remains poorly researched, with limited data available for building high resolution models. It is also capital-constrained and hamstrung by a relatively low demand base with lower abilities to pay. System inefficiency is rife, market competitiveness is low, and grid extent is limited. This results in very large rural and under-grid populations that remain underserved. But the world is undergoing its fourth industrial revolution, which is ushering in the digital age. Are African utilities ready to leverage these digital innovations in serving customers? What new technologies can help African utilities catapult into fast, clean, affordable electricity service provision? How can the utility of the future be achieved?