Energy Systems Short Course

A short course on analysing the financial, technical, and environmental performance of energy projects.


The Energy Systems course centres on practical, hands-on, modelling exercises. Participants will make and develop their own spreadsheet models throughout the course, and will learn how to answer questions such as: is a proposed wind farm or gas turbine a good investment? What is the probability that it will earn a commercial rate of return? What is the best financing structure for the project?

Participation is open to University of Melbourne graduate students and staff of MEInetwork19 partners. Applications have not yet opened for this course. To find out about last year's course visit the event page.

Classes Include:

  • The fundamentals of finance
  • The Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE)
  • Sensitivity analyses
  • Tools for financial analysis under uncertainty
  • Problem-based learning via investment case studies


Dr John Burgess is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, author of several works on energy investment, and previously a senior executive in the energy industry.

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