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EU Electricity ‎Network Codes

25 September – 29 November 2018 |  Online

EU Electricity ‎Network Codes

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.

After six 1-week modules and a buffer week to finish the activities, the training course will culminate in four live panels consisting of experts from ENTSO-E, ACER, and the European Commission focusing on the issues and topics raised by the participants during the training.


  • Background

    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.

    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 EU electricity network codes Report published by FSR in February 2018.

    Network Codes Alumni 2017

    In 2016, FSR and ENTSO-E initiated a training on the EU Electricity Network Codes. In 2017, that collaboration was extended to the European Commission and ACER.

    In 2018, the EU Electricity Network Codes course continues. In addition, FSR and ENTSO-E decided to initiate a training tailor made for consumer associations, energy communities, and NGOs. Read more information on this new training, in collaboration with BEUC and RES-COOP.

  • 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:

    For example:

    • 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

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

    Welcome to the course
    Live class: 25 September 2018 – 12 noon CEST

    Week 1: Establishing national wholesale markets (CACM, FCA)
    26 September – 2 October 2018
    Live class: 2 Oct 12 noon CEST

    Week 2: Integrating wholesale markets (CACM, SOGL)
    3 – 9 October 2018
    Live class: 9 Oct 12 noon CEST

    Week 3: Establishing national balancing markets (EBGL, SOGL)
    10 – 16 October 2018
    Live class: 16 Oct 12 noon CEST

    Week 4: Integrating balancing markets (EBGL, SOGL)
    17 – 23 October 2018
    Live class: 23 Oct 12 noon CEST

    Week 5: Grid connection codes (RfG NC, DCC)
    24 – 30 October 2018
    Live class: 30 Oct 12 noon CET

    Week 6: Legal dimension of the codes
    31 October – 6 November 2018
    Live class: 6 Nov 12 noon CET

    Week 7: Mastery Challenges
    7 – 13 November 2018
    Deadline to submit mastery challenges: 13 Nov 2018

    Week 8: 4 live online panels
    14 – 29 November 2018

    Mastery challenge 1: Bidding zones
    Live class: 20 Nov 12 noon CET
    Oliver Koch (European Commission), Martin Povh (ACER), Rickard Nilson (Europex), Paul Giesbertz (EFET) and Christian Dobelke (ENTSO-E)

    Mastery challenge 2: Long term cross-zonal transmission rights
    Live class: 22 Nov 12 noon CET
    Matti Supponen (EC), Christophe Gence-Creux (ACER), Laurent Schmitt (ENTSO-E) and Helene Robaye (Eurelectric)

    Mastery challenge 3: Unlocking the potential of distributed energy resources
    Live class: 27 November 12 noon CET
    Anna Colucci (European Commission), Martin Povh (ACER), Mathilde Lallemand (ENTSO-E), Frauke Thies (SmartEn) and Ellen Diskin (EDSO)

    Mastery challenge 4: Data requirements and data exchange
    Live class: 29 November 12 noon CET
    Maria Eugenia Leoz Martin Casallo (European Commission), Uros Gabrijel (ACER), Sonya Twohig (ENTSO-E) and Ioannis Retsoulis (Eurelectric)

  • Faculty

    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).

    Lavinia Tanase is a research associate at the Florence School of Regulation. Her research interests revolve around European Energy Law, Energy Regulation & Policy, Internal Energy Market Design, the European Network Codes and Guidelines that regulate the gas and electricity transmission networks. Prior to joining the FSR, Lavinia completed a one year traineeship in the Gas Department of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (Ljubljana, Slovenia). In November 2016 she graduated with Distinction from an LL.M in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills, at the University of Aberdeen.

    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):

    • 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)
  • Course Certificates

    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.

  • Fees

    • General fee: 1000 €
    • Students (with certificate of current studies): 400 €
    • One free seat for FSR Energy Donors
  • 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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