Power Purchase Agreements

3 days 21-23 Nov 2016, London UK £3,450.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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Course Overview

This special and customized 3-day programme has been designed to ensure delegates learn how to use, prepare and negotiate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for projects in the electricity industry. Although PPAs can take various forms it is essentially an agreements for the sale of electric power between a power generating company and a wholesale purchaser such as a distributor and commonly used as an offtake agreement to facilitate project finance for construction of a power plant. They are essential for a successful liberalized and competitive electricity industry.

In this 3-day programme, the delegates will gain the knowledge and business acumen on the key subjects:

  • The purpose and types of Power Purchase Agreements especially in the context of unregulated and competitive wholesale electricity markets.
  • The structure and operation of a Power Purchase Agreement in the context of a power project.

By the end of programme delegates will:

  • Understand the purpose of PPAs, the various types of PPAs and the purchasers involved
  • Have a total grasp of the basic risks which a PPA must allocate, the part a PPA plays in independent power projects (IPPs) and its relationship with other project agreements relating to construction, the project company, operations and maintenance, financing, transport and feedstock fuel supply and insurance
  • Understand the use and function of a PPA especially in the context of deregulated markets
  • Know usual pricing structures and how to negotiate the pricing in competitive markets
  • Understand the key provisions of a PPA and its impact on project financing
  • Have a grip on issues arising from contracting (in the form of PPAs) with government entities and state-owned enterprises

Whatever your position or function in the design or implementation of a power project, you will come away from the programme with superior knowledge and confidence in relation to the use of Power Purchase Agreements which will enhance your value and that of the organisation you represent.


This dynamic and interactive programme is designed to encourage delegate participation through a combination of group discussion, and practical case studies. The concepts presented here are tied together with short videos highlighting the critical operations, environmental and safety considerations to reinforce new knowledge and skills.

Organisations that will be benefit:

  • Power and other energy sector companies
  • Companies serving the power and energy sector with services, plant or equipment
  • Resource and infrastructure companies
  • Professional firms and consultants
  • Investors
  • Lenders
  • Regulators
  • Governments

Who should attend

  • Business analysts
  • Business development and marketing managers
  • Commercial managers
  • Consultants
  • Contract managers
  • Corporate and project financing personnel
  • Economists
  • Engineers
  • External legal counsel
  • In-house legal counsel
  • Project managers
  • Regulators
  • Government officials

Attendance is a must for senior personnel involved in power projects.


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

David Byron
David is a mechanical engineer who has worked as a commercial Manager/Director in the onshore and offshore construction industry for the past 40 years. He worked for major oil companies in the UK, the Middle East and the Far East on a large number of offshore oil and gas projects. In particular he has spent ten years working for Shell in the UK and in the Far East. Additionally he has worked for ten years in the heavy construction Industry, in particular the construction of major suspension bridges in China. He was a Commercial Director of a major construction company with responsibility for world- wide procurement and all projects in China. For the past ten years David has worked as a Commercial director for various companies working in the onshore and offshore Renewable Energy Industry, in particular the offshore and onshore wind energy sector. He has a lot of experience in working on dispute resolution, having been involved in several arbitrations and adjudications.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

What is a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)?

  • A PPA defines the commercial terms for the sale of energy between two parties
  • Explanation of range of situations in which a PPA is used
  • International examples of commercial deals using PPAs both short and long term

Drafting a PPA: part I

  • General interests of buyer versus seller
  • Drafting the technical scope of work and construction milestones
  • Pricing structures
  • Timing
  • Payment terms and credit arrangements
  • Liquidated damages
  • Damages for delays
  • Programmes (time schedules)
  • Force Majeure clauses

Drafting a PPA: part II

  • Curtailments
  • Maintenance
  • Risks related to changes in law
  • Environmental risks 

Day 2

Effective contract management

  • Understanding the rights, roles, responsibilities and obligations of the parties
  • Ensuring the parties fulfil their obligations
  • Record keeping and document control
  • Management of change and speedy resolution of technical disputes
  • Programme management
  • Claims management
  • Time bar and limitation- international examples of commercial deals using PPAs
    both short and long term

Negotiation art or science?

  • Principles of negotiation
  • Understanding the needs of the buyer v. the seller
  • How to avoid the usual pitfalls of negotiation
  • Understanding and drafting to accommodate disputes arising in the early stages.
  • Technical dispute resolution clauses and appointment of arbitrators for technical issues
  • Choice of venue

Day 3

Understanding arbitration and how its used in PPAs

  • What is arbitration and how does it apply to PPAs?
  • Types of arbitration
  • How it works
  • How to use arbitration effectively
  • The relationship between in-house and outside counsel: how to maintain, or ruin, the relationship
  • Cost estimates, fee arrangements, and budgeting
  • Establishing dispute resolution objectives – goal setting

Practical training and case study

Course summary and close

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