Date: tbc
Length: 2 days
Location: jhb, durbn, cpt

Three energy workshops will be offered to promote creative solutions, strengthen design and implementation and improve donor coordination of energy programs.

Countries and communities rely on energy to drive human and economic development.  Economic growth in developing countries is expected to drive global energy demand to rise 30 percent by 2035.  Over the same period, it is expected that electricity demand will rise 70 percent, and annual greenhouse gas emissions will rise 15 percent—yet nearly 1 billion people will still lack access to electricity.

Power sectors in many developing countries are dominated by inefficient, state-owned power utilities that are unable to recover costs, maintain system assets or invest in new infrastructure to meet growing demand.  USAID aims to reduce emissions, support human health, and spur economic growth and business profitability, ultimately creating a virtuous circle that drives more investment in clean energy.


These workshops are open to all personnel in energy, economic growth, program management and/or infrastructure development responsibilities. Please register by calling us. Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants.



Please state the workshops for which you would like to register.


  1. Renewable Energy Building


Scaling up grid-connected renewable energy can enable countries to meet their renewable energy and climate change mitigation targets. Based on international experience, there are six fundamental and complementary building blocks that can help countries to establish the policy, regulatory and investment environment needed for large scale-up of renewable energy. This training is intended to help all staff and in energy sector for implementing organizations understand and communicate the building blocks concept and develop a portfolio of activities that accelerate the scale-up of renewable energy on the grid. The training will also include hands-on training on the System Advisor Model (SAM), a tool used to simulate the technical and financial performance of renewable energy projects. In addition to over viewing the building blocks concept and highlighting emerging strategies and tools from around the world, the training will share experiences from USAID fieldwork that is currently supporting policymakers, regulators and grid operators in scaling up renewable energy deployment.

  1. Distributed Generation Foundational Training: Economic and Technical Issues

This course provides the fundamental knowledge and resources needed to design and implement projects focusing on distributed PV (DPV) and other distributed technologies. In addition to overviewing DPV concepts the training will provide a deeper dive on key economic and financial drivers, tariff design, costs and benefits of DPV, technical issues and codes, standards and grid interconnection processes. An optional third day will include training on tools and approaches to assessing project economics and financial impacts on utilities. Participants will have the ability to: Understand the global landscape of distributed PV issues and opportunities; Articulate the challenges that utilities face in planning for and integrating DPV into the grid; Understand the differing costs and benefits for various DPV stakeholders and become familiar with tools, methodologies and approaches to analyzing them; Identify DPV compensation mechanisms and building blocks of DPV tariff design, and the “what” and “how” of evolving next generation compensation mechanisms; Understand the first principle technical challenges for integrating DPV into the distribution network and how to address challenges and maximize the value of DPV to the grid; and Access resources to support addressing DPV issues in USAID partner countries.

  1. Utility Business Models of the Future


This course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge and resources needed to design and implement projects that build counterpart capabilities to maintain and improve power sector performance in the light of these changes. In addition to providing an overview of traditional electric utility business models, and examining the key drivers of change, this training module will provide a deeper examination of the role and impact of factors such as: Increased grid digitization; Changing supply technologies; Storage; More localized power supply; System operations and control; New legal and regulatory frameworks and two-way power flows; Smart cities; and The increasing role of the customer / customer preference. Participants will have the ability to: Understand how these developments, and others, can or may impact the power industry within the countries where they work; Learn how electric utilities can, and indeed, should, prepare for these types of changes; Learn how selected global utilities are already adapting their business models; Understand the emerging opportunities, for existing and new market players; Understand how policy drives and impacts change, and how and why the regulatory environment needs to adjust; and Develop programs that help counterpart countries improve power sector performance in light of these new market forces.



Course fees will be R 9,750 per person per workshop, including lunch and refreshments.
This does not include transport to the venue, accommodation.