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Future Energy East Africa Industry Awards to recognise region’s top energy reporter

10-10-2017 04:22 PM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: Future Energy East Africa

“Time to honour journalists that have taken a keen interest in the energy sector”

“Time to honour journalists that have taken a keen interest in the energy sector”

East Africa’s top energy reporter will be honoured at this year’s edition of the Future Energy East Africa Industry Awards that are taking place on 29 November in Nairobi.

“The Energy Reporter of the Year is a new award category” says Future Energy East Africa event director Claire O’Connell, “and we felt it is high time that we honour those journalists that have taken a keen interest in the energy industry and have followed and reported the sector’s on-going challenges and successes. The media remains a key partner in Africa’s journey towards available and affordable energy for all on the continent.”

She adds: “we invite all East African energy reporters to either nominate themselves or for news and industry organisations to put forward their top choice for the journalist that has covered the sector in an innovative yet objective manner. We look forward to honouring the Energy Reporter of the Year along with the other award winners in categories ranging from Outstanding Energy Project Award to Innovative Technology of the Year Award.”

The hugely successful awards, formerly known as the East African Power Industry Awards, take place during this year’s rebranded Future Energy East Africa conference and exhibition from 29-30 November at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. The glamorous gala dinner brings together 180 of the region’s most renowned power professionals to recognise and celebrate the leading industry pioneers and projects in six different categories.

The nomination form can be downloaded on the event website and the deadline for all submissions is Thursday 19 October.

The Future Energy East Africa Industry Awards categories are:

- Outstanding Contribution: Power
This award celebrates the accomplishments of an individual in a senior position from a utility, public or private company who has displayed passion and commitment to the power industry, whilst also demonstrating leadership, vision and success.

- Energy Reporter of the Year
This award recognises a professional journalist who produced outstanding work in 2016/17 for the public, either independently or as an employee of an editorially independent news entity through their reporting on the power sector in East Africa.

- Future Energy Leader Award
This award recognises a person under the age of 35 who has made an outstanding contribution to the energy industry. This young professional has had outstanding career achievements to date and a strong potential to play a leading role in their sector going forward.

- Outstanding Energy Project
The Outstanding Energy Project rewards a project launched by a utility, off-grid producer, IPP, government, minister, regulator or investor within the last 24 months (August 2015 – July 2017).

- Community Initiative of the Year
This important and prestigious award honours an organisation that demonstrates high standards and initiatives that enrich East African citizens. The award aims to recognise the values that form the cornerstone of a good business from its approach to knowledge transfer, suppliers, the environment and a sustainable future.

- Innovative Technology of the Year
This award will acknowledge a business that has achieved commercial success from energy-focused advanced technology, research or developing products, services, or solutions relevant to the energy sector.

East Africa’s energy journey
Formerly known as the East African Power Industry Convention or EAPIC, which was a firm, favourite fixture on the region’s power calendar for the last 19 years, Future Energy East Africa, with the official support of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, will once again host many of the region’s leading energy decision makers from 29 – 30 November 2017.

The event is recognised as being a distinctive gathering of stakeholders within the power value chain which includes governments, power generation companies, transmission and distribution companies, off takers, developers, investors, equipment manufacturers and providers, technology providers, EPCs, legal and consulting firms all with a shared goal of supporting the on-going implementation of finding lasting solutions to East Africa’s energy challenges.

Industry support
The 19th edition of the event once again enjoys widespread support from the industry with Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector, already confirmed as platinum sponsors.

Future Energy East Africa dates and location:
Strategic conference: 29-30 November 2017
Venue: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Future Energy East Africa is organised by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC), Future Energy Central Africa (formerly iPAD Cameroon), Future Energy Uganda, Agritech Expo Zambia, Kenya Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week and DRC Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.

Senior Communications Manager: Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone: +27 21 700 3558
Postal address: PO Box 321, Steenberg, 7947, South Africa

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