Forging the power and water markets of the future

A PwC power & utilities roundtable covers the Middle East, Africa and Asia

Expert insight

Power and water market design varies significantly across the Middle East (ME), Africa and Asia. But policy-makers everywhere face the common challenge of ensuring outcomes are consistent with their policy targets and investment requirements. In many locations, water resources are stretched. And as power systems become more decentralised, the need to balance energy resilience with flexibility is adding a new tension to the central trilemma of reliability, affordability and sustainability.

In October 2018, a roundtable composed of experts from 17 countries and five continents debated the lessons learnt from practical experience of what is working well and what’s proving more problematic. The roundtable event, which is part of PwC’s industry programme for power & utilities companies worldwide, brought together leading figures from government, the utilities sector and other stakeholders to discuss common challenges. Participants also examined the balance between policy prescription and market-led change. Most importantly, the illuminated the challenges that lie ahead and how they can be resolved. 


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Market transformation: Viewpoints on the challenges in the Middle East and Africa.


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Technological change: Viewpoints on how change is shaping the utilities future in the Middle East and Africa.

Key issues

We take a deep dive into the main talking points arising from the discussion about power and water market design across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Power market design and policy

What will be the the future of our energy sector? There are various challenges, which include climate change and resource scarcity.  Everywhere across the region, the energy mix is changing rapidly, ambitious new targets and being pursued and governments are exploring the benefits of market integration and international connections.

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Water sector regulation and investment opportunities

Water scarcity, the need to protect non-renewable water resources, high and increasing levels of demand, low tariffs and increasing urbanisation are all key challenges. And growth will be driven by the four Es - efficiency, environment, expansion and equity – with the need for significant private investment over the coming years.

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Renewable energy growth and challenges

World record low prices for solar power are being achieved in the Middle East. Solar is now cheaper than oil, gas, nuclear and coal. We take a look at the implications, not just for the future energy mix but the technological and regulatory answers that will be needed to ensure system stability.

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Lessons from around the world

While technological progress is advancing rapidly, the pace and direction for market design is much more varied. Coherence between policy, regulation and market design is vital, in addition to the following three key areas; understanding the electrical system, stakeholder engagement and learning to to take your time and get there progressively.

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Go straight to the heart of the discussion with leading players in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A focus on integration and trading

What are the big opportunities that lie ahead to better integrate and develop power markets?

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Private investment in the water sector

Should we be focusing on privatisation or public-private partnerships?

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Implications of the growth of renewables

What are the views on outlook for storage?

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Contact us

Jeroen Van Hoof

Global Leader, Power and Utilities, Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 0 88 792 1328

Mark Coughlin

Global Power & Utilities Market Design Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 0009

Jonty Palmer

Partner, PwC Middle East

Tel: +971 56 683 8192

Olesya Hatop

Global EU&R Clients & Markets Industry Executive, Director, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 211 981 4602

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