Regulation For Sustainable Development Goal 7

09 May 2023 – 30 Oct 2023 | Online

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Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga

Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga

Course Director

Achieving equal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is one of the targets of the United Nation’s initiatives for a sustainable future (Sustainable Development Goal 7).

According to reports by the UN, “access to electricity in the poorest countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve and renewable energy is making gains in electricity sector”. Despite these improvements, hundreds of millions of people still suffer from having limited access to energy sources.

The present online course analyses the multi-dimensional approach to energy access, by emphasising the role of regulation in bringing actionable solutions to these problems.

Bringing together a host of experts from across the world, this training will provide the learner with insights on how to design the appropriate policy and regulatory framework needed to ensure sustainable energy for all (Sustainable Development Goal 7 – SDG7).  Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding of the interdependence of the tools available to address energy access including the technologies (traditional, clean and smart), finance, business models and regulatory instruments.
  • Understanding of the wider impact energy access has on health, education and on overall socio-economic development.

The length of the course is approximately 4.5 months. The course is divided into 6 knowledge blocks with a total of 17 lessons and 6 Live panels. The number of hours needed per week is 4-6 hours.


09 May 2023 – 30 Oct 2023





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What does the course offer?

This course will enable the learner in gaining a comprehensive vision to design appropriate policy and regulatory framework needed to ensure sustainable energy for all.

At the end of the course, the participants can earn a Certificate of Attendance, a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Excellence, depending of their performance and engagement throughout the course.

Your learning experience

The course participants will work individually and in groups on specific tasks – all real-life cases and issues.

Start of course
Welcome class: Tuesday 9 May 2023, 12-13 PM CEST

Intro Class: Monday 22 May 2023, 2-3 PM CEST

Block 1:

  • Understand the perspective, challenges and approaches of energy access and its correlation to the many facets of development.
  • Dates: 15 – 29 May 2023

Live class 1: Monday 29 May 2-3.30 PM CEST: A view on challenges and experiences on the provision of energy access by practitioners.
Moderator: Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga (African School of Regulation); panellists: Julio Eisman (Universal Energy Access Lab MIT & IIT-Comillas), Eduardo Sánchez (Ministry of Economy, State Government of Nuevo Leon Mexico)

Block 2:

  • Learn the different elements of the power sector and the similarities and differences between developed and developing countries. Understand the various electrification pathways such as grid extensions, stand-alone systems and microgrids.
  • Understand how the power sector is regulated and the various regulatory instruments used.
  • Dates: 30 May-17 July 2023

Office Hours:

  • Monday 5 June 2-3 PM CEST: African School of Regulation (ASR) Team
  • Monday 12 June 2-3 PM CEST: Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga (ASR) & Pippo Ranci (FSR)
  • Monday 26 June 2-3 PM CEST: ASR Team
  • Monday 3 July 2-3 PM CEST: ASR Team
  • Monday 10 July 2-3 PM CEST: Andrés González

Live class 2: Monday 17 July 2-3.30 PM CEST: Electricity as an enabler of development; demand growth
Moderator: TBD; panellist: Sumaya Mohamed (Power for All)

Summer Break: 18 July – 30 August 2023

Block 3:

  • Study the financing mechanisms and business models of the different approaches of providing electricity access. And how regulation can be adapted to provide universal access to energy
  • Dates: 1 September – 3 October 2022

Office Hours:

  • Monday 4 September 2-3 PM CEST: ASR Team
  • Monday 11 September 2-3 PM CEST: Santos Díaz Pastor (Comillas University)
  • Monday 18 September 2-3 PM CEST: Cathy Oxby (Africa GreenCo)
  • Monday 25 September 2-3 PM CET: TBC

Live class 3: Monday 2 October 2-3.30 PM CET: Achieving compatibility between electrification planning, market freedom, universal access, and sustainability of electricity supply.
Moderator: Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga (ASR); panellists: TBD

Block 4:

  • Understand the challenges, technologies and business models of clean cooking solutions in developing countries.
  • Dates: 4 – 10 October 2023

Office Hours:

  • Monday 9 October 2-3 PM CET: Julio Lumbreras (School of Industrial Engineering)

Block 5:

  • Conclude the learnings and discuss strategic issues of energy access.
  • Dates: 11 – 16 October 2023

Live class 4: Monday 16 October 2-3.30 PM CET: Current efforts and perspectives in universal energy access.
Moderator: Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga (ASR); panellists: TBD

 Course ends 31 October 2023

Who is this course for?

The training is developed for experienced managers and targets professionals from the energy sector including government agencies, regulatory bodies, energy companies, energy utilities, development organisations, but also academics and researchers.

No specific academic background is required.

The course will be given in English, with an option of French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles for the video lectures.

Fees and cancellation

Find here more information regarding which category you belong to

  • Students (with a certificate of current studies): 440€ 
  • Four free seats for Star Donors
  • Two free seats for Major Donors
  • One free seat for Associate Donors


Special offer for group enrolments: 10% discount from 5 participants from the same organisation


Cancellation policy 

Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course.





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