PES Webinar - Electrifying Africa Through 2016 IEEE PES Power Africa Conference
IEEE Power & Energy Society Membership Webinar Series
Electrifying Africa through 2016 IEEE PES Power Africa Conference
9 May 2016 • 2:00 pm Eastern
Presented by Dr. Urenna Onyewuchi, Senior Power System Engineer, Corning Inc.
DR. Lawrence E. Jones, VP, International Programs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Bai K Blyden, Senior Engineer, Southern Nuclear Services
The continent of Africa has a population of over 1 billion people and is the world’s second most populous continent. About two-thirds of its population lives without electricity. The Global Finance Magazine puts the majority of the poorest countries in the world in Africa. Electrifying Africa will play an important role in enabling socio-economic development on the continent. This webinar will provide details on the 2016 IEEE PES Power Africa Conference taking place in Livingstone, Zambia this June, with theme: “Electrifying Africa–Affordable Energy Enabling Socio-Economic Development.” This year’s conference highlights off-grid electrification, though our program addresses technical and non-technical aspects of off-grid and on-grid electrification.
Dr. Urenna Onyewuchi will share statistics on electricity in Africa, conference details, current affairs on power in and affecting African countries, and financed projects on the continent. Mr. Bai Blyden will speak on developing and growing power and energy skillsets in Africa. Dr. Lawrence Jones of the Edison Electric Institute will be speaking on investments and breakthrough technologies to help electrify Africa.
Urenna Onyewuchi, PhD is a senior power system engineer at Corning Incorporated, where she specializes in analyzing power and power quality data to mitigate sag sensitivity of plant manufacturing and environmental processes; simulating and modeling electrical manufacturing processes for process improvements; and power failure investigations. She is a graduate of George Mason University’s undergraduate program and Georgia Institute of Technology’s (GATech’s) doctorate power and energy program. Her graduate work in asset management included developing algorithms and reports for the maintenance and reliability of power equipment and infrastructures owned by electric power utilities.
Bai K Blyden currently serves as a Senior Engineer with Southern Nuclear services under the Calculations Design Basis Validation Program for Configuration Management on the 2 x 940 MW Plant Hatch Nuclear plant. Over his career he has contributed his expertise to over forty major and minor power plant projects and their associated interconnections. Mr. Blyden earned an MS.EE from Moscow Energetics Institute in Power Systems, Generation and Industrial Distribution Systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as Chair of the IEEE PES International Practices subcommittee for Africa.
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is the Vice President of International Programs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Lawrence is a member of numerous U.S. and international industry advisory committees, and serves as Co-Chair of the 21st Century Power Partnership Leadership Forum, as a member on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and as a member of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, Lawrence lived in Sweden for more than a decade, where he received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Power Systems Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.