EU Electricity Network Codes
23 September – 3 December 2019 | Online
This 9-week online course is composed of readings, videos as well as interactive and communicative online activities. Each week will have a comprehensive class with live interaction between the participants and the FSR instructors.
In the first six weeks the focus is mainly on the market network codes (CACM GL, FCA GL, EB GL). Also, the interaction between the market codes and the system operation guideline (SO GL) is highlighted. This first part covers four one-week learning modules, a buffer week and two live panels consisting of experts from ENTSO-E, ACER, and the European Commission. The panels will focus on the issues and topics raised by the participants during the training. The last three one-week modules center around the legal dimension of the codes, grid connection codes (RfG NC, DC NC) and the growing role of data, respectively. The course is concluded with a third live panel on data.
The third liberalization package introduced network codes to be developed by the European Commission, ACER, and the ENTSOs in order to implement the EU target model for the internal electricity market. There are three types of network codes, i.e. market codes, system operation codes and grid connection codes.
These codes have been developed, so the next challenge is to implement them. During this training we provide a platform for the community of experts to share experiences with the implementation of the codes, while also providing an opportunity to the community of non-experts to get up to speed with these rules that affect all stakeholders.
In 2016, FSR and ENTSO-E initiated this training on the EU Electricity Network Codes. In 2017, that collaboration was extended to the European Commission and ACER. The first edition of this training included 140+ senior professionals from all over Europe. As part of the course activities, the participants have contributed to the first EU electricity network codes Report published by FSR in February 2018.
The second edition of this training included again 166 participants from 28 different countries. An update of the EU electricity network codes Report will be published by FSR in early spring 2019.
In 2019, the training continues. The third edition will include a new learning week on the role of data.
Target group & Levels
The training is developed for:
- Broad target group of Adult learners
- Network Codes experts and beginners
- Everyone affected by the Network Codes in Europe, including: TSOs, NRAs, Governments, European Associations, Utilities, New Energy players, Stakeholders…
The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:
- 1) Native (learning goal: to learn to speak the language of the network codes and to understand their content)
- 2) Advocate (Native + discuss and debate the network codes with colleagues and field specialists)
- 3) Master (Advocate + take a mastery challenge, analyse and attempt to solve/improve a European level real life case and receive feedback from the specialists of the particular case)
The amount of time required to take this course depends on the aimed course level as well as the level of expertise in the subject prior to joining the course:
- Novice to Native: 4-6 hours/week
- Novice to Advocate: 6-8 hours/week
- Novice to Master: 8-10 hours/week
- Expert (Advocate level understanding of the topic) to Master: 5 hours/week
Structure of the Course
Welcome to the course
Live class: 23 September 2019 – 12 noon CEST (Monday)
Week 1: Establishing national wholesale markets (CACM GL, FCA GL)
23 September – 1 October 2019
Live class: 1 October 12 noon CEST
Week 2: Integrating wholesale markets (CACM GL, SO GL)
2 – 8 October 2019
Live class: 8 October 12 noon CEST
Week 3: Establishing national balancing markets (EB GL, SO GL)
9 – 15 October 2018
Live class: 15 October 12 noon CEST
Week 4: Integrating balancing markets (EB GL, SO GL)
16 – 22 October 2018
Live class: 22 October 12 noon CEST
Week 5: Group work on the mastery challenges
23 – 29 October 2018
Week 6: Panel debates on mastery challenges
Debrief mastery challenge 1: Bidding zones
Panel debate: 5 November 12 noon CET
Panelists to be announced
Debrief mastery challenge 2: unlocking the potential of decentralized energy resources
Panel debate: 7 November 12 noon CET
Panelists to be announced
Week 7: Legal dimension of the codes
8 November – 19 November 2019
Live class: 19 November 12 noon CET
Week 8: Grid connection codes (RfG NC, DC NC)
20 – 26 November 2018
Debrief mastery challenge 3: National implementation plans grid connection codes
Live class: 26 November 12 noon CET
Week 9: Digital Data
27 November – 3 December 2018
Panel debate: 3 December 12 noon CET
Panelists to be announced
Leonardo Meeus is Professor and Partner at Vlerick Business School in Brussels where he directs the Energy Centre, and where he teaches strategy beyond markets. He is also a professor of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute where he directs the online courses on the EU Clean Energy Package and the EU Electricity Network Codes.
He is active in EU Horizon 2020 research projects; and publishes in academic journals, such as Energy Economics, and Energy Policy. He is a member of the Academic Panel of the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, and a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. Leonardo is a commercial engineer with a PhD in electrical engineering from KU Leuven.
Tim Schittekatte is a research associate at the Florence School of Regulation. He is also working on his PhD in Economics at Université Paris-Sud. Before joining FSR, he was a visiting researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and a junior economist at Microeconomix in Paris. Tim graduated as an engineer from Ghent University, Belgium. After, he completed the EMIN programme, an international master in energy economics. His main research interests are European electricity market integration and distribution network tariff design.
Leigh Hancher is Professor of European Law at the University of Tilburg. She is a part-time Professor at the Florence School of Regulation within the European University Institute and the Director of the FSR Energy Union Law Area. Her research interests include energy market regulation, EU state aids and energy market governance. Her expertise, as well as her academic research, is focused on the changing role of the government in stimulating the liberalisation of traditionally heavily regulated sectors. She has also been a Professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, a Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, Head of Legal at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels and a member of the Dutch Academic Advisory Council (WRR).
Valerie Reif is part of the FSR research team in electricity regulation. She holds a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering as well as a BA in European Studies. Valerie worked at the Austrian TSO Austrian Power Grid and at the EU Representation Office of Oesterreichs Energie, the Association of Austrian Electricity Companies. Prior to joining FSR, she worked as Junior Expert at the Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria. There she was responsible for European Affairs and was also part of the project management team of ‘Integrating the Energy System’, a research project on interoperability in the energy system.
Experts from ENTSO-E, ACER & European Commission and more…
In addition, several European specialists on network codes are involved in the live online panels, to give feedback to the participants on the Mastery Challenge (last week of the course). In the second edition of the course we had the following Experts involved:
- Anna Colucci (European Commission)
- Christian Dobelke (ENTSO-E)
- Christophe Gence-Creux (ACER)
- Ellen Diskin (EDSO)
- Frauke Thies (SEDC)
- Konrad Purchala (Entso-e)
- Helene Robaye (Eurelectric)
- Laurent Schmitt (Entso-e)
- Maria Eugenia Leoz-Martin-Casallo (European Commission)
- Markela Stamati (European Commission)
- Martin Povh (ACER)
- Oliver Koch (European Commission)
- Paul Giesberts (EFET)
- Ricard Nilson (Europex)
- Sonya Twohig (Entso-e)
- Uros Gabrijel (ACER)
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.
- General fee: 1000 €
- Students (with certificate of current studies): 400 €
- Two free seats for FSR Energy Major Donors
- One free seat for FSR Energy Associate Donors
Cancellation policyPaid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course.