Building capacity in Africa’s power sector

Professionals in the power sector need a unique skill set. Gain practical know-how with this specialised short course.

Financial modelling for tariff setting is a core skillset for professionals working in the continent’s power sector regulatory, municipal and utility space. The Financial Modelling for Utility Tariff Setting course at the UCT GSB gives managers, senior professionals and advisors in utilities, regulatory authorities and government the skills needed to set tariffs in a regulated context.

This specialised course is offered by the Power Futures Lab, a leading centre of excellence at the UCT GSB. 


23 Aug - 3 Sept 2021


9 Aug 2021




The course provides a basic understanding of the building blocks of a tariff-setting financial model. It teaches delegates to build a financial model – including all constituent parts such as regulatory asset base, weighted average cost of capital, and energy and input costs – that can run sensitivity analyses and provide various tariff paths.

The course builds on the foundational knowledge developed in the Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa short course at the UCT GSB, but it can be taken as a stand-alone course. Delegates should bring their own laptops and have computer literacy in Excel.

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You will benefit highly from this course if you are a: 

  • Manager or senior professional in a utility, a regulatory authority or government 
  • Utility Board member 
  • Professional in the power sector 
  • Manager or senior professional in a utility, a regulatory authority or government 

    The course will see delegates build their own financial model for “utility tariff setting”, with the constituent parts (regulatory asset base, weighted average cost of capital, energy/input costs etc.) unpacked and developed in detail throughout the week. At the end of the week they should have built a model that can run sensitivity analyses and provide various tariff paths. 


    Topics covered include:

    • An optional module on basic financial concepts and basic Excel financial formulas 
    • Tariff objectives 
    • Cash flow and accounting equivalence: Building a simple model from scratch 
    • Valuation techniques 
    • Capital costs: Asset base, capex, depreciations 
    • Endogenous and exogenous capex 
    • Costs of capital: WACC, costs of debt, costs of equity 
    • Opex: efficiency levels, benchmarking, demand projections 
    • Fixed and variable costs 
    • Tariff level and tariff structure, efficiency and affordability 

    15% for 3 - 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant)

    10% for 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants)

    10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

    Course Convenor

    Peter Twesigye is a PhD Candidate at Power Futures Lab. He is an Infrastructure Economist with work experience in Electricity Distribution & previously in Utility Urban Water and Sanitation Management. Peter's research is focused on Understanding Structural, Regulatory and Governance Incentives for Improved Utility Performance in East Africa. Peter has expertise in; Strategic Planning, Utility Reform and Regulation, Energy Policy, Energy Concession Analysis, Project Finance, Performance Contract Formulation and Design, Investment planning and appraisal, Tariff Setting & Policy reviews and Managing Utility Performance Improvements. He is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC- USA). He is also a visiting lecturer and member of the Academy of Regulatory Professionals Advisory Board (University of Florida's -PURC). Until recently, Peter worked as the Manager Regulatory Affairs at Umeme Ltd and previously worked as a Senior Economist with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in Uganda. He is currently the Manager Regulatory Affairs at Umeme Ltd and previously worked as a Senior Economist with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC). Peter also worked as an Associate Consultant for 2ML Consulting Ltd in promoting PIPs and turnaround initiatives in a number of African Utilities.


    Martin Rodriguez Pardina is currently Chief Economist of Macro Consulting S.A. a consulting firm specialized in economic regulation of utilities. He has experience working as a consultant in regulation and restructuring of public utilities in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Russia and India. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a degree in economics from the University of Cordoba in Argentina. He has published several articles on utility regulation in international journals and is the co-author of two books published by the World Bank one on resetting price caps and other on regulatory accounting. Until 2001 he held an academic position as Executive Director of the Economic Regulation Research Center at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa.


    The Financial Modelling for Tariff Setting course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.