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The Regulation of the Power Sector

5 March – 29 June 2018 | Online

Why this course matters

Power system regulation is never at a rest, and this is particularly true for the power systems of today. This course is offered at a time when power sectors all over the world are facing their toughest challenges since their creation 150 years ago.

Adequate regulation will be needed to address issues such as the de-carbonisation of the sector, the integration of renewable energy, active demand response, the integration of ever bigger markets, and last but not least, universal access to energy.

High-quality knowledge will be needed to respond to these challenges of the power sector, and this course is designed to give you a solid grasp of the fundamentals, and start your journey towards becoming an energy regulation expert. 

Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, Course Director

FSR is supporting capacity building by making training accessible to the relevant stakeholders. 

10 free places are open to candidates from low-income and lower-middle-income countries. 

Deadline: 19 February 2018 Contact: Pia.Alessi@EUI.eu

Discover more about the key aspects of this course


  • Overview

    This course will provide you with the fundamentals for working in power sector regulation, whether in a regulatory commission, in a regulatory department within a company or as a policy maker.

    Led by world class experts, the course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the main concepts and ideas of power sector regulation from an engineering, economic and regulatory perspective.

    Ideal Knowledge Level

    This course targets individuals already involved in power system regulation, or those who wish to get involved. No specific background is required to follow the course, although a degree in engineering or economics may help you understand some of the more complex topics.

    Placing emphasis on course accessibility to professionals from all backgrounds not only enhances the learning experience, but also encourages knowledge-sharing and creates great opportunities for networking.

    Estimated workload

    Six hours peer week

  • Learning Approach

    This course adopts the prosumer learning approach: you will be a consumer and a producer of knowledge at the same time.

    In this course you will:

    • Collaborate in knowledge building with participants from all over the world
    • Watch video lectures by world-class instructors
    • Gain access to distinguished publications
    • Dive into individual assignments (quizzes, final paper)
    • Engage in lively forum discussions and debates
    • Attend webinars, live events & weekly live classes with the instructors
  • Course Activities

    Live Classes

    Every week your Module instructor will be on video to answer all your questions, clarify the main issues and dig in deeper in the topics of the course. If you can not attend the live class, a recording will be made available afterwards.

    Discussion Forums

    Forum debates on diverse energy topics

    Group Project

    You will work together in groups of up to 10 people on a wiki-style document focused on one international power system of your choice.

    Final paper

    The purpose of this paper is to define 10 regulatory measures for a power system of your choice.

  • Exclusive ebook access

    Access an online version of ‘Regulation of the Power Sector’, edited by Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga for the duration of the course, with the option to order a printed pdf of the book for $24.99

    Normal e-book price – €166.00/ $210.00

  • Expected Learning Outcomes

    Successful completion

    To successfully complete this course, you are expected to pass a quiz at the end of each module, contribute to the discussion forums, and choose a power system on which you will do either a group project or an individual project, as well as a final paper.


    You must achieve a grade of 60% or higher to receive a certificate of successful completion. If you score 90% or higher, your certificate will also receive a mark of excellence.

  • Course Director

    Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga has over 25 years of professional and academic experience advising governments and companies and teaching power sector regulation in over 30 countries around the world. Currently, he is a Professor and Director of the BP Chair of Energy and Sustainability at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (UPC) in Madrid, a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, and he is Training Director at the Florence School of Regulation.

    Ignacio is a life-time member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. Formerly, he was a board member on the Spanish Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Electricity Market Committee in Ireland.

  • Structure of the Course

    The Technology and Operation of Power Systems – 5 March 2018

    Instructor: Michel Rivier – Live Class: 8 March at 12:00 noon CET

    Topics: What are electricity’s unique characteristics? How does the complex infrastructure of power systems impact the economics behind investment decisions and regulatory policy?

    Regulatory Principles and Institutions – 12 March 2018

    Instructor: Tomas Gomez – Live Class: 15 March at 12:00 noon CET

    Topics: What is regulation, and why do we need it? What is the history of power system regulation, and how do regulatory institutions operate? What are the different models for power markets, and what are the regulatory impacts for each?

    Power System Economics – 19 March

    Instructor: Pablo Rodilla – Live Class: 22 March at 12:00 noon CET

    Topics: How does the power sector work from an economic point of view? How is pricing for demand calculated, how is that demand met by generation under either central planning or market conditions, and what external costs impact power system operations?

    Monopoly Regulation – 26 March

    Instructor: Rafael Cossent – Live Class: 4 April (Wednesday) at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: What is the economic rationale behind monopolies? How is cost-of-service regulation used on monopolies, and how does it compare to incentive based regulation? How are these models implemented in practice by regulators?

    Study Week – 29 March – 8 April

    Institute is closed from 29 March – 2 April 2018

    Electrical Distribution – 9 April

    Instructor: Rafael Cossent – Live Class: 11 April (Wednesday) at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: How are distribution grids changing? Learn how remuneration and incentives for DSOs are structured and how smart grids can address the challenges of distributive energy resources or ‘prosumers’.

    Electrical Transmission – 16 April

    Instructor: Luis Olmos – Live Class: 19 April at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: How to regulate transmission in free markets? How are nodal prices calculated, and what models should be used to guide investment in transmission networks? What business models exist for investment decisions, and what are the pros and cons of each? How should transmission pricing be charged to different users? What is the best approach for congestion management?

    Electrical Generation and Wholesale Markets – 23 April

    Instructor: Carlos Batlle – Live Class: 26 April at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: How to manage the generation aspect of power systems, how wholesale markets can solve the dispatch of generation in a competitive environment, how intraday markets operate, and how to manage market power to avoid market failure.

    Electricity Tariffs – 30 April

    Instructor: Javier Reneses – Live Class: 3 May at 16:00 noon CEST

    Topics: Examine the components of electricity tariffs, how use-of-system tariffs are designed, how to correctly calculate the generation component of tariffs, and the other factors which can impact on tariffs.

    Electricity Retailing – 7 May

    Instructor: Carlos Batlle – Live Class: 10 May at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: Learn about the liberalisation of electricity retailing, how retail markets function, and the regulatory challenges that come with a move to liberalisation to allow a genuinely competitive retail market to take hold.

    Regional Markets – 14 May

    Instructor: Luis Olmos – Live Class: 17 May at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: Learn about the benefits of regional markets and the key features of the EU and US regional markets. How is capacity allocated in a regional market, and what are the main regulatory objectives in a regional market?

    Environmental Regulation – 21 May

    Instructor: Pedro Linares – Live Class: 24 May at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: Learn the impact of electricity on the environment, and how the move to sustainability involves finding a balance between keeping electricity supply secure and affordable while improving access to energy and the impact on the environment. Learn how to design policies for renewable integration, regulatory instruments used in environmental regulation, and the impact of renewables on energy markets.

    Security of Supply – 28 May

    Instructor: Pablo Rodilla – Live Class: 31 May at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: How to guarantee that the market will expand generation properly? How can the regulator work with the market, and what mechanisms are used to achieve security of supply? Specific attention is paid to the Reliability Option mechanism’s success from the point of view of demand and generation.

    Interaction of Gas and Electricity Markets – 4 June

    Instructor: Pablo Duenas – Live Class: 7 June at 12:00 noon CEST

    Topics: Examine the similarities and differences between electricity and gas, downstream natural gas markets, and gas security of supply.

    Delivery of the Power System Project Week and Final Policy Paper: 11 June

    Power Systems Live Sessions weeks: 18 – 29 June


  • 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

    • Corporate – 1700€
    • Regulators & Public Bodies – 1300€
    • Individuals (self-employed or unaffiliated) – 650€
    • Students (with certificate of current studies) – 400€
    • One free seat for FSR Energy Donors


    Special offer: For FSR Energy Donors and group enrollments (starting from 10% for 2 participants from the same organisation, up to 50% discount for 5 or more).

    The group discount is only applicable on Corporate and Public Bodies fees.

    Contact: fsr.secretariat@eui.eu

  • Registration Policies

    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.

    Registering Multiple Participants

    Please register each participant separately, to comply with the EUI data protection policy and also as the information given here will be used to set -up the individual account of the course participant

    Payment Confirmation

    Please note that you must complete the payment process to complete your registration. For payment by credit card, you will receive by email a confirmation of payment. For payment by bank transfer, please send copy of the bank transfer to fsr.secretariat@eui.eu. Upon request, you can get a confirmation of payment once the payment has been registered by our accounting department.

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