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Renewables Closer to Maturity: A New Life?

Regulation and Integration of Renewable Energy

 FSR Training in Florence | 23 – 25 May 2018

The FSR training course on the Regulation and Integration of Renewable Energy will provide a comprehensive and detailed view of the European regulatory framework for the integration and development of renewable energy from top European experts. 

This training consists of a 3-day residential training in Florence.

Get specialist insight into:

  • Renewable energy in the Winter Package / 2030 Energy Union Governance
  • Implementation of auctions for renewable energy support at the member state level
  • Interaction between the European electricity market design and renewable energy support
  • Grid integration of and grid expansion for renewable electricity
  • Private sector perspective on chances and challenges of the EU market for renewables
  • Self-consumption of renewable energies


  • Overview

    The growth of renewable energy in Europe is changing all paradigms of policy, regulation and market design in Europe. There is currently no initiative related to the supply, transmission, delivery or consumption of electricity that is not directly or indirectly influenced by the integration or development of renewable energy.

    As a result, power generation companies have to adapt their commercial strategies and balance their portfolios under new market conditions, TSOs have to engage in closer collaboration for the balancing of the system and efficient use of the interconnections, and regulators must ensure the sustained development of renewable energy through competitive market-based incentives to cope with more and more ambitious sustainability targets.

    For this reason, every energy industry professional in Europe is now directly or indirectly involved with the regulation and integration of renewable energy. This course provides the complete view on the European regulatory framework for renewable energy that every professional from the energy industry and from regulatory authorities needs to know. The course is given by top experts in the area in the outstanding setting of the European University Institute in Florence.

  • Structure of the Course

    Wednesday, 23 May 2018

      • The Winter Package 2016: Which Way Forward for Renewables in Europe? (Mario Ragwitz)
        • Planning and reporting: Governance Directive on renewables
        • Regulations & support: The recast of the renewable energy Directive
        • Priority and re-dispatch of renewables: Electricity Directive & regulation
        • Sharing the effort: benchmarks versus pledges for Member States
        • Opening of national support schemes for renewable electricity
      • Renewable Energy and the European Electricity Market and Target Model (Alberto Pototschnig)
        • How the European day-ahead electricity market works: market coupling with implicit allocation of the cross-border capacity.
        • Intraday and real-time markets. Current initiatives for an Europeanisation of this market.
        • The investment signal challenge: energy-only market versus capacity mechanisms
        • The flexibility challenge: making the European power system more flexible through the market
      • Regulatory Tools for Renewable Energy in Europe (Mario Ragwitz)
        • Experiences with, and design options of auctions for renewable electricity
        • Introduction to Group Activity on Auction Design

    Thursday, 24 May 2018

      • Regulatory Tools for Renewable Energy in Europe (Mario Ragwitz)
        • Compatibility between RES support schemes and electricity market design
        • Benefits of cooperation between Member States
      • Coordination of Renewables Deployment and Grid Infrastructure Development (Nicolò Rossetto)
        • Integration of RE in the Ten Year Network Development Plan, and the list of Projects of Common Interest
        • Grid connection and access policy and pricing for RES
      • Main Issues in the RES Sector as implemented in Greece in the Context of EU Regulations and Directives (Apostolos Gkizas)
        • RES auctions
        • RES plants and Network Development Plans
        • Licensing and the role of the Greek Regulator
        • Energy communities
      • Major worldwide trends in power markets and renewable energy policy development (Salvatore Vinci)

    Friday, 25 May 2018

      • Regulatory Tools for Renewable Energy in Europe (Mario Ragwitz)
        • Energy communities and renewable energies – the way forward?
      • Coordination of Renewables Deployment and Grid Infrastructure Development (Nicolò Rossetto)
        • The economics of grid defection and off-grid renewables
      • Company Strategy and Portfolio Development of Renewables in the Industry (Clemens Cremer)
      • Understanding Regulatory Frameworks, Markets and Auctions
      • Final discussion and general feedback
  • Course objectives

    • To give a thorough overview of the Winter package on the 2030 governance of the energy union with a focus on renewable energy source
    • To contrast renewable energy support mechanisms across Europe differentiating between bonuses and premiums, portfolio standards, capacity mechanisms and fixed feed-in tariffs.
    • Special attention is given to auction based determination of remuneration levels, which are currently introduced in most Member States
    • To inspect national renewable energy goals and how are they synchronized with Europe’s action plan, also from the perspective of the new governance of energy and climate policy
    • To formulate electricity market design implications and alternatives in view of a massive implementation of renewable energy into the market and the grids
    • To categorise the growing technical and economic challenges and implications for the integration of renewable energy by the TSOs or DSOs.
    • To review all relevant cost and benefits caused by renewable energy deployment including the impacts of technology learning.

     Furthermore, the training also seeks to:

    • Create an environment of productive discussion and interaction among students and top professionals from a wide range of institutions involved in the regulation of the energy sector in Europe
    • Build critical thinking among all participants through provocative discussion under the guidance of the instructors
    • Foster group work for the collaborative building of knowledge in an educational setting of excellence
    • Facilitate the growth of a fruitful professional network among participants and instructors
  • Faculty

    Mario Ragwitz (course director) is the Deputy Head of the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets and Head of the Renewable Energy Unit at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Germany). He is honorary professor at the University of Freiburg in the field of energy and climate policy. He develops and evaluates policies for renewable energy and models energy systems with renewable sources focusing on the European Union and MENA countries. He has coordinated more than 40 research projects on renewable energy policy development at global, EU and national level and authored more that 50 peer reviewed scientific articles. In addition to the German federal government he advises the European Commission, the German Bundestag, the European Parliament, the World Bank, other national governments and companies.

    Alberto Pototschnig is Director of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and Adviser to the Director of the Florence School of Regulation. Alberto is an economist and econometrician by training with extensive experience in energy policy, regulation and market design issues, with a focus on European markets. After seven years in the consultancy business with London Economics, Alberto joined the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority in 1997. As the Director of electricity regulation, he was responsible for the design and implementation of technical and economic regulation for the electricity sector. In 2000 he was appointed CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator, and later joined the Italian Transmission System Operator (TSO).

    Salvatore Vinci, IRENA: Since joining IRENA in 2010, Salvatore Vinci has been managing projects related to policies to promote renewable energy in both developed and developing markets. He has authored several publications, the last one being ‘Policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids’ (IRENA, 2016). Salvatore is the coordinator of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) and has been in charge of the program development of the three editions of IOREC. Before joining IRENA, Salvatore worked as energy expert at the Department of Energy of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. Salvatore holds a degree cum laude in Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Energy Resources Management

    Nicolò Rossetto is Research Associate at the Florence School of Regulation since September 2016, where he has been working mainly on electricity-related issues like the establishment of a seamless transmission system in Europe and the active participation of demand to the wholesale and retail markets. Nicolò holds a Ph.D. in Ecomomics, Law and Institutions by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori of Pavia (IUSS). His dissertation was concerned on the economic and regulatory aspects of distributed generation. Before joining FSR, Nicolò was external advisor to the World Bank, founding member of the Energy Watch at ISPI (Milano) and teaching assistant of microeconomics and of energy economics at the Università di Pavia (Italy). His interests spans from the regulation of the network industries to the European energy policy, from energy security to the economics of electricity markets.

    Apostolos Gkizas is a graduated Electrical engineer with specialisation in Electrical Power Systems. He has attended the postgraduate interdisciplinary studies program in the field of Energy Production and Management in the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Additionally, he has attended the “Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities” organised by the Florence School of Regulation.
    Since 2013, he has been working in the RES Department of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE), where he has been recently nominated as the Head οf the RES and Electricity Networks Units of RAE. Among others, he is in charge of the evaluation of applications for granting Production Licenses to Wind Farms and the monitoring of their development. Also, he is dealing with RES connection issues to the electricity network and penetration problems, especially on the non-interconnected islands. Moreover, he participated in Working Groups targeting at the reformation of the Greek RES Market in accordance with the “EU State Aid Guidelines for Environment & Energy 2014-2020” and setting out the legal framework for the development of Small Wind Turbines. The last two years he has worked in parallel as an Expert in the context of the EU Twinning Project with Egypt aiming at the support of the Egyptian Energy Agency (EgyptERA) in the fields of RES & Cogeneration Units Licensing and Transmission Planning & Performance.

    Clemens Cremer currently holds the position of a Group Expert Energy Economics and Energy Markets with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. Within this position he works on strategic market issues and he is responsible for the development of the EnBW’s group-wide long term view of electricity markets. Linked to this he works on fundamental issues of market design and integration of renewable energies. Besides his work for EnBW Clemens Cremer gives lectures at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on Energy Trading and Risk Management. Before joining EnBW he worked as a researcher with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovations Research and with the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH-Zürich). He studied at the University of Karlsruhe and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington completing his studies with a degree in Geo-Ecology and he earned his PhD from ETH-Zürich.

  • Content

    • From the 2020 – Energy & Climate Package to the 2030 – Governance of the Energy Union: Main elements of the European RES Directive (2009/28/EC) and its recast RED II
    • Economics of renewable energy technologies: Cost evolution, technology learning, market integration
    • Effects of RES deployment on electricity markets and prices: What changes to the target model are expected?
    • Characterization of main support schemes: Past experiences and future planning at member state level
    • Auctions and market premium systems for renewables: Lessons learned and design options
    • Cross-border support for RES electricity from other member states
    • Regulation of self-consumption from renewable energy
    • Compatibility aspects between RES support schemes and electricity market design
    • Support for renewables during periods of negative electricity prices
    • Current discussion on a phase out of support for mature renewable energy technologies
    • Investing in renewable energy in Europe: The experience from the industry.
    • Major worldwide trends in power markets and renewable energy policy development
  • Target group and knowledge level

    The training is developed for:

    • National Regulatory Authorities
    • Regulatory affairs department of energy companies including power generation companies, TSOs and DSOs
    • ACER and European institutions such as ENTSO-E and ENTSOG and industry organisations
    • The European Commission and the DGs Energy, Competition, Joint Research Centre, Environment, Climate Action, Justice and Consumers and other related
    • Academics on the field of electricity markets and regulation

    No formal background on energy regulation is required. An educational background in engineering, economics or law is strongly recommended. The training is in English.

  • Eligibility and fees

    Special fees ‘WELCOME TO FLORENCE’ by 1 April 2018

    If you register by 1 April, we will offer you a EUR 400 discount that you can use for booking your accommodation in Florence during the training course!

    Discounted fee for NRAs and FSR Donors by 1 April: EUR 1.700

    Discounted company fee by 1 April: EUR 2.300

    Standard fees

    Student fee (always available): 500 EUR

    National Regulatory Authorities or Donors of the FSR: 2.100 €

    Other organisations or companies: 2.700 €

    Registration is open to any professional regardless of the affiliation. Priority is given to representatives from National Regulatory Authorities and donors of the Florence School of Regulation. The number of participants from the same country or organization will be limited in order to maximise the diversity of the group.

  • Learning portfolio

    • Residential lessons with interactive learning tools: Instructors will provide a lesson focusing on the key theoretical concepts complemented by illustrative real current examples and case studies from the industry.
    • Interactive tools and activities involving the participants are put on to enhance the discussion and the learning experience
    • Q&A sessions: An interactive Q&A session follows each learning session in order to clarify the main concepts and to stimulate active discussion
    • Group work activities implemented to facilitate the learning outcomes, foster collaboration, skills and competencies for participants

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