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Postgraduate Course: Energy Finance (CMSE11153)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe course aims to integrate conventional finance with energy finance, and to provide a basis for understanding the links between these and carbon finance.
Course description The Course Organiser will draw on both theoretical and applied concepts and will be taught by experienced practitioners, with knowledge of structured and energy finance as well as analytical skills in energy project finance. In addition to introducing the students to the wider literature on energy finance, IEA, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other commercial bank publications and case studies will be used to ensure that students will come away from the course with specific skills in the evaluation of risks and opportunities associated with energy finance and learn how to analyse risks through the @risk software. The basics of corporate finance will be taught in an intensive way in the first week of the session.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that US$10 trillion incremental energy investment will be needed between 2010 and 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions. Energy consumption accounts for the largest percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the energy sector is likely to dominate global low-carbon investment in the decades to come. Thus energy finance is a core component of carbon finance. The trading of energy, and financial products associated with energy and carbon, is increasing at a rapid pace. This requires an energy or carbon finance professional to have a systemic understanding of the segments of the energy industry, the structure of energy markets, the uncertainties of energy policy, the development of energy commodities derivatives, the evolution of energy technologies and the challenges of financing and operating an energy project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Fieldwork Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 100 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 60 hours preparation for summative assessment; 40 hours preparatory reading.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by coursework worth 40% of the total mark: 20% is a group mark for a group presentation and 20% is a group mark for group coursework. The end-of-semester examination counts for 60%.
Feedback All students will be given at least one formative feedback or feedforward event for every course they undertake, provided during the semester in which the course is taken and in time to be useful in the completion of summative work on the course. Such feedback may be at course or programme level, but must include input of relevance to each course in the latter case.

Feedback on formative assessed work will be provided within 15 working days of submission, or in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course, whichever is sooner. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.

Feedback will comprise feedback on formative exam (does not count towards course mark), lecturer responses to reports and project presentations and generic feedback on the final exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Energy Finance2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and apply principles of finance in the energy sector
  2. Describe and discuss critically the principal features of the energy industry, energy technologies, energy markets and capital markets
  3. Apply some of the main techniques of financial analysis, risk analysis and risk management, including basic stochastic modelling techniques applied to an energy project in situations of uncertainty
  4. Critically evaluate financial decision-making within an energy firm
  5. Develop strategies for mitigating and/or transferring energy risks
Reading List
GARP, 2009. Foundations of Energy Risk Management, Wiley Finance.

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (Sixth Edition) by Richard A. Brealey, Stewart C. Myers and Alan J. Marcus. McGraw-Hill International Edition

James, T. 2008. Energy Markets: Price Risk Management and Trading, Wiley Finance.

Mott MacDonald, 2011. UK Electricity Generation Costs: Update.
(Methodology Section)

Savage, S. L. 2003. Decision Making with Insight, South-Western College Pub.

World Energy Council, 2013. World Energy Scenarios: Composing Energy Futures to 2050.

International Energy Agency, 2014. Work Energy Investment Outlook.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills:
After completing this course, students should be able to:

Understand essential knowledge in corporate finance
Critically evaluate press coverage of energy finance issues
Use a financial calculator for simple discounted cash flow analysis and bond valuation
Use Excel-based modelling and simulation tools
Co-operate with others from different professional, educational and cultural backgrounds to produce group analysis and present the results of group work

Subject Specific Skills:
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Undertake simple financial computations, namely compounding and discounting in order to derive future values and present values for a series of cash flows
Apply concepts in energy economics, such as levelised cost of energy, externalities
Identify key stages in financing an energy project
Categorise and quantify energy risk exposures
Use basic financial methodologies, namely present and future value calculations, to solve problems in finance
Course organiserDr Xi Liang
Tel: (0131 6)51 5328
Course secretaryMiss Yvonne Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5333
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