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The Renewable Energy Mini-MBA

This course gives you a complete market analysis on the renewable energy industry. Covering renewable energy technology, planning, policy and profitability.

This course will earn you
35 CPD hours.

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6 key course learning outcomes

  • A unique, time-intensive, high-level view of the renewable energy industries, including technology and business risk comparisons between different sectors, and their contrasting roles in the business of electricity, fuel and heat production
  • Discover how renewable resources, technologies, policies and investors interconnect to determine project profitability
  • Understand the fundamentals of renewable technologies, market impacts, opportunities and challenges. Market analysis of Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass (power & fuels), Hydro and Ocean energy (wave & tidal)
  • Learn how renewable energy fits into the energy market. And, examine the impact Governments and external influences have on timescales over which it can scale
  • Be fluent in the economics and the ‘financial language’ of renewable energy. From country scales to project level investor returns
  • Understand the most important factors that determine renewable project profitability. Our unique team-based renewable energy growth planning and modelling exercise turns theory into practice. And brings all the learning points together

View the agenda for the Renewable Energy Mini MBA.

What’s New?

  • Better flow of topics and learning outcomes. Based on delegate feedback and experience
  • More interactive sessions on cash-flow, financial planning and analysis issues
  • Revisions, improvements and information updates for the group work exercise
  • More coverage of important topics including:
  • grid and power system challenges
  • off grid vs. grid-connected systems and business models
  • renewable transport options
  • market opportunities and solutions for renewable heat and CHP
  • What can you still expect?

    • Central importance and time available for our unique, team-based exercise
    • Interactive, informal, discussion-friendly and Q&A-focused delivery throughout
    • Unashamedly business-focused approach to the renewable energy market: both opportunities and independent, hype-free perspectives on the risks and barriers
    • Unique focus on bringing together all the key business issues of renewable energy. These include:
  • Markets
  • Technologies
  • Planning
  • Financial risks
  • Policy context
  • Who has already benefitted?

    • Power Generators & Fuel Producers
    • Energy Utilities
    • Major Energy Users (Corporations)
    • Renewable Energy Project Developers
    • Transmission/Distribution System Operators
    • Energy Technology Vendors and EPC Contractors
    • Commercial Services Suppliers (Law, Insurance, EIA etc.)
    • Investors, including Commercial and Development banks, VCs and Private Equity
    • Policymakers, Policy Advisors and NGOs
    • Market Analysts & Consultants

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    Course overview

    Renewable energy capacity continues to be installed apace. And on a range of scales from small-scale and off-grid, to multi-MW utility-scale power plants and biorefineries. With rapidly decreasing costs this means that “grid parity” and subsidy-free renewable energy markets can become a reality.

    Yet the renewable energy industry is buffeted by economic factors and other barriers in many markets, including:

    • Reducing policy support
    • Under-developed supply chains
    • Collapsing carbon markets
    • Cheapening gas supplies
    • Concerns about visual, socioeconomic or environmental impacts

    Understanding these issues is critical to renewable project profitability. From technology development to business model revolutions and political drivers. It is a challenge to make sense of such a fast-paced and dynamic market. And one where few one-stop, integrated information sources exist.

    And that’s why the Renewable Energy Mini MBA course agenda is our most popular. It will provide you with a complete, up-to-date and easy to understand analysis of the renewable energy market. And to provide clarity on what is a complex and interconnected series of scientific and economic influences.

    Delegates will understand that technology, finance, policy and resource availability cannot work in isolation. Instead, you will learn and model how all must fit together. In order to create a sustainable, affordable and profitable low-carbon energy world.

    Our unique renewable growth planning exercise

    The competitive context of renewable energy is complex and open to debate. Our view is that this is a good thing. Lively discussions trigger a variety of views and highlight different approaches to different markets. We believe that the best way to frame such debates and bring disparate topics together and to apply them.

    This is where our energy planning exercise comes in. The exercise enables you to explore the strategic constraints, practical challenges and investment requirements. It runs throughout the whole week and demonstrates how you incorporate renewable energy sources into the energy market.

    Delegates work in small teams and will:

    • Quantify the scalability and limits on renewable resources
    • Explore the priorities, timescales and practical limits to renewable energy deployments
    • Propose appropriate policy frameworks to encourage renewable energy investments
    • Quantify the financial investments required. Both on a market and project scale, and the returns available
    • Weigh up the pros and cons of different renewable energy solutions using real market data. And analysing a variety of energy-market and external constraints and opportunities

    Training level & delivery

    We assume no prior expertise on the topics covered during the course.

    All we ask is that you bring an inquiring mind, a willingness to actively participate, and an openness to share your own ideas and expertise with others!

    The course is delivered by the Green Power Academy’s renewable industry expert lecturers. They are supported by expert guest speakers and renewable energy industry veterans.

    The course is delivered through a mix of:

    • presentation
    • discussion
    • multimedia
    • business modelling
    • business planning group work

    The course runs in a friendly and informal manner. This encourages questions and lively discussions – and ensures you get the most out of your time.

    Green Power Academy is an independent training organisation. We focus ONLY on business training for the renewable energy sector. We have no other interests or non-training business to promote. We provide an unbiased, hype-free view of the topics. And we are happy to highlight diverse opinions and data where and when these exist.

    Supporting materials you will receive

    • Hard and soft copies of presentation materials
    • Comprehensive reading list for further study after the course
    • All presented and utilised modelling tools. Including the financial/cash flow spreadsheet and other case study information
    • A certificate of attendance

    Why Green Power Academy?

    • Unique courses that can’t be found anywhere else
    • CPD certified renewable energy courses
    • Over 1300 international delegates already trained
    • Class sizes limited to 20 delegates. To ensure maximum one to one time with the course lecturer
    • Up-to-date and profit driven – case studies and examples used throughout
    • Interactive class sessions spark discussion and build learning
    • Convenient – courses are held at 4-5 star hotels in central city locations. Or, we can train you at your office

    Upcoming dates and venues

    30 Nov-4 Dec 2015 UKLondon GBP 5299.00 Brochure


    Need help? Call customer service on +44 (0)207 099 0600, send us an email or make an enquiry.

    Day 1


    • How Energy is currently used: quantities and applications
    • Energy supply and demand: historic and future
    • The energy market matrix: substitution vs. coexistence
    • Policy drivers from carbon to energy security


    • Natural limits to renewable energy
    • Barriers to the scalability of renewable energy
    • The impact of variability on integration into current energy systems
    • Problems created and problems solved by renewable energy


    • Designing a reliable, future-proof electricity supply
    • Power and capacity markets, including business model disruption
    • “Smart” grids and other intelligent approaches to energy
    • Energy storage (and the alternatives)


    A brief introduction to our renewable market growth planning exercise and a chance to initially read and understand the tasks ahead

    Day 2


    • The different attributes of different renewable (and conventional) energy projects
    • Key areas of risk, including: technology, resource, cost, operation, environment and policy
    • A critique of metrics used to evaluate the strategic and market appeal of energy choices.


    • The key operational facts, terminologies and resource aspects
    • Highlighting key markets and growth areas
    • The typical project features and trends, including key challenges
      o Solar Power (PV and CSP)
      o Wind Power (On- and off-shore)
      o Geothermal Power


    • As previous session (continued)
      o Hydropower
      o Ocean Power (Tidal and Wave)
      o Biomass Power


    • As previous session (continued)
      o Biofuels (liquids and gases) and chemicals
      o Other emerging renewable fuels
      o Sources of renewable heat
      o Approaches to renewable cooling
      o The increasing business case importance of multi-product renewable energy projects (e.g. CHP, fuel + chemical)

    Day 3


    • Work in groups on our Renewable Energy Growth simulation
      o Analyse current energy supplies and demands
      o Quantify baseline changes in the energy market in the short, medium and long terms
      o Identify where renewable energy can (and can’t) make an impact
      o Discuss social and political constraints


    • Work in groups on our Renewable Energy Growth simulation
      o Match specific energy options to specific demand drivers (in electricity, fuels and heat)
      o Identify possible routes to meet the objectives of the exercise
      o List the pros, cons and risks of each, including integration challenges and practical project considerations
      o Quantify the financial costs of your preferred approach


    • Cost structures and cost trends (and what they tell us)
    • Power markets, pricing and risks, including PPAs
    • Key project development variables and their impact on project economics
    • Why the economics of renewable energy projects are so varied


    • The key policy mechanisms impacting renewable energy, including:
      o Feed-in tariffs and premiums
      o Mandates and tradable green certificates
      o Tax credits, carbon markets and taxes
      o Mandates and obligations

    Day 4


    • Critical permitting and timing aspects of project development
    • Key risk mitigation mechanisms and contracts including:
      o Land, EPCs, warranties, insurances, contingencies and more
    • What delivers “bankability”?
    • Key features in presenting a winning project plan


    • Key input variables and output metrics, including:
      o Capex, opex and other costs; capacity factor and AEP; financing structures and costs; market prices and macroeconomic conditions; project life and other key timescales; policy supports and subsidies
    • Sensitivity analysis: which variables matter the most?


    • The sources and return expectations of different equity investors
    • Sources and requirements of debt finance
    • The role of specific financing sources, including development banks, credit export agencies and others
    • Financing trends in global markets, including new and emerging models


    • Work in groups on the Renewable Energy Growth simulation
      o Use the provided excel model to develop market requirements that deliver acceptable project returns
      o Quantify the different levels and types of support required for different types of project
      o Match investors returns with project risks

    Day 5


    • Work in groups on the Renewable Energy Growth simulation
      o What are the external risks to the chosen market strategy?
      o How might future market changes impact the financial implications of the chosen strategy?
      o What alternative strategies exist?
      o Which requirements of the exercise are hardest to deliver?


    • Each group presents their final market proposals
    • Each proposal is scrutinised, with time for Q&A and to focus in on the underlying assumptions that have been used


    • A comparison of the different approaches taken:
      o Who prioritised which different aspects of the task?
      o Do the different solutions achieve the same ends?
      o Which solutions bear the greatest risks?
      o How flexible is each approach?
    • Whose solution was the best?


    • An examination of real market growth simulations and proposals
    • Closing review and discussion points:
      o Energy choices
      o Renewable energy from macro to micro-economic levels
      o Bringing together technology, finance, policy, socioeconomics and more

    Upcoming dates and venues

    30 Nov-4 Dec 2015 UKLondon GBP 5299.00 Brochure


    Need help? Call customer service on +44 (0)207 099 0600, send us an email or make an enquiry.

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    Upcoming dates and venues

    30 Nov-4 Dec 2015 UKLondon GBP 5299.00 Brochure


    Need help? Call customer service on +44 (0)207 099 0600, send us an email or make an enquiry.

    Upcoming dates and venues

    30 Nov-4 Dec 2015 UKLondon GBP 5299.00 Brochure


    Need help? Call customer service on +44 (0)207 099 0600, send us an email or make an enquiry.

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