The African Power & Energy Elites publication and the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards have aligned with a single nomination and selection process across a set of complementary categories.

The selected Leadership nominations and six of the project category nominations will automatically go forward for judging for the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards, which is part of the annual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa event.

2022 Nomination Categories

The below project and leadership categories are applicable to both the public and private sectors, extending across power generation, transmission and distribution, water, independent power producers and project developers. 

This category celebrates industry influencers who are innovative in their leadership approaches and strategies. The impact of their work has improved and furthered the power and energy or water value chain on a regional or country level. 

  • Award category: Woman in Leadership
  • Award category: Power Leader of the Year
  • Award category: Young Leader of the Year 
  • Award category: Lifetime Achievement

Generation Innovation and Optimisation 
This category is applicable to projects that fall within small, medium and large-scale generation. This category recognises thermal projects that have improved power generation efficiency and/or capacity by planning and implementing advanced and innovative technology and solutions into an existing or new power plant.

  • Award category: The People’s Choice

Renewable Energy Generation Innovation and Optimisation
This category is applicable to projects that fall within small, medium and large-scale generation. This category recognises projects where electricity producers have utilised renewable power generation to deliver innovation and new business offerings. 

  • Award category: The People’s Choice

Energy Access: Rural/Urban Electrification
This category identifies electrification projects that have made a positive impact to communities by increasing energy access and electrification rates. These projects can be initiatives driven by government, private developers, or public institutions and the impact of the Productive Use of Power, which can increase power distribution to previously unelectrified communities for use in homes, schools, healthcare facilities, agriculture and small businesses. 

  • Award category: The People’s Choice

Transmission & Distribution 
This category identifies projects that have provided transmission and distribution rollouts locally, nationally or regionally. These projects can include LV, MV and HV new build programmes, maintenance projects, service delivery initiatives, revenue protection measures, technical and non-technical loss reduction, grid integration and initiatives to increase network stability. Projects that prepare the network for the next-generation architecture and modernisation of the grid.

  • Award category: The People’s Choice

Finance & Investment
These models should be exemplary in their fields which can be in the form of traditional financing models, FinTech and interactive platforms such as crowdfunding that attribute to the development of small, medium or large-scale power projects.

  • Award category: The People’s Choice

Utility transformation 
Utilities that have significantly embraced the evolution of the electricity industry through digitalisation, new financial models and new/innovative power generation sources. 

  • Award category: Power Utility of the Year

Metering, Billing & Customer Engagement
Water, gas or electricity AMI projects and applications that have significantly improved utility operations, resource management, efficiency, revenue collection and customer satisfaction in the past 24 months.

Demand response
Utilities that have successfully integrated a demand response programme for better energy efficiency, or which have seen consistent improvement in demand management of electricity or water.

Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) integration
Projects demonstrating the growth and development of microgrids driven by a need for greater grid reliability, more distributed energy resources, or more generation to allow power producers and their customers better control of energy costs

For more information on the nomination process, please contact Ashley Theron-Ord.

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