U.S. Department of State and Edison Electric Institute Launch the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange
04/06/2017 04:37 PM EDT
Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
April 6, 2017
The U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) initiative today with a workshop in Washington, D.C., attended by African and U.S. utility Chief Executive Officers (CEO). Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources Ambassador Mary Warlick and EEI President Tom Kuhn opened the event. Other keynotes included Abel Tella, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa, and Dr. Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Ellen Gurney Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Utility CEOs from six African nations met their counterparts from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia to discuss a range of critical power sector management issues, including the integration of renewable energy onto the grid, providing electricity for remote populations, and long-term sustainability.
The U.S.-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange initiative, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform and development in underdeveloped markets, which experience the greatest challenges to energy access, by encouraging the exchange of ideas and best practices in the management of utilities.