University of Cape Town’s Graduate School annual short course on “Financial Modelling for Utility Tariff Setting”

  • The Power Futures Lab at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business will be presenting its annual short course on “Financial Modelling for Utility Tariff Setting” during the weeks of 22 – 26 May 2023.
  • The executive education course will equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to build a financial and tariff model – including all constituent parts such as the regulatory asset base, weighted average cost of capital, regulatory treatment of investments, and prudent energy and operation maintenance costs.
  • The course furthermore covers the conceptual foundations of economic regulation and uses exciting case studies reflecting the realities of the African power sector and regulatory environments.

At the end of the week, participants should have built a model that can run sensitivity analyses and provide various tariff paths.

This highly specialized course is anchored by Dr. Martin Pardina, the Chief Economist at Ad Hoc Consulting with extensive regulatory consulting and capacity-building experience in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and India. Haydn Palliser, a Lecturer at Yale and Columbia Universities and Principal at Pivotal 180 will provide expert tuition in financial modelling. These international experts will be supplemented by African practitioners from regulators, utilities and the private sector.

We will be presenting the course in a hybrid setting this year (face-to-face in class sessions in Cape Town, and live online), using a mix of live online lectures, pre-recorded videos, live and offline exercises, and selected readings. Week 1 (15-19 May) will be self-guided preparation via mandatory pre-recorded videos and quizzes. Week 2 will be facilitated in-person or live online by our anchor lecturers and experts. Participants will spend about 70% of the time using Excel spreadsheets and are required to come with laptops.

Face to Face attendance fee is R28,950 and live-online is R 14,950 per person. Group discounts for 3 or more participants from the same institution are also available, as well as discounted rates for GSB alumni. We encourage face-to-face attendance to maximize the benefits of learning modelling skills.

For more information on the course structure and content please see the attached programme. Further details, including on registration, deadlines are available HERE  

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