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Regulatory Delivery

7 October – 29 November 2019 | Online 

This 8-week online course combines theoretical and practical views on how to assess outputs and outcomes of regulatory authorities – in other words, regulatory delivery. Infrastructure regulation is increasingly complex due to public policies promoting liberalisation and decarbonisation, as well as to several technological changes, namely digitalisation. Establishing the goals of regulation and evaluating its outcomes is not a trivial task.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn how regulatory authorities are adjusting – and should adjust – their governance in order to ensure that they meet societal goals and promote efficient economic choices. The course faculty includes former regulators with practical knowledge and academics with many years of experience in different research areas.

In the first six weeks, the course sets a general conceptual framework and then assesses regulatory delivery from different perspectives: economic, legal, societal. Particular emphasis is given to the challenges of digitalisation and governance.

The course combines comprehensive weekly classes with readings, videos and live interactions. Participants will learn how to operate with regulatory tools in theory and their different application in practice. They will also receive instructions about how to develop their proposal for regulatory reform throughout the course and get feedback from our experts.

Learn more about this course

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Welcome to the course
    Live class: 7 October 2019

    Week 1: Regulatory Delivery: Theory and Practice
    Topics: Identifying Goals and Approaches, and Methods and Tools
    7 – 11 October 2019
    Live class: 11 October 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 2: Economic Assessment
    Topics: Regulatory Impact Assessment; Approaches to cost-benefit Analysis
    14 – 18 October 2019
    Live class: 18 October 2pm CEST

    Week 3: Legal Scrutiny
    Topics: Competition & Regulation; Judicial Review of Agency Acts
    21 – 25 October 2019
    Live class: 25 October 2pm CEST

    Week 4: Social Valuation
    Topics: Fitness Check; Participation Theory
    28 October – 1 November 2019
    Live class: 1 November 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 5: Challenges of Digitalisation
    Topics: Data use and Protection; System and Management Integrity
    4 – 8 November 2019
    Live class: 8 November 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 6: Feedback & Governance
    Topics: Governance of complex hybrid infrastructures; Evaluation of Regulatory Delivery & Redesign
    11 – 15 November 2019
    Live class: 15 November 2019 2pm CEST

    Group work delivery
    22 November 2019

    Feedback to group work
    8 November 2019
    Live class: 29 November 2019 2pm CEST

  • Target Group & Levels

    The course is especially designed for professionals working in the energy sector worldwide who could benefit from the European experience or need a broader overview, including:

    • government agencies
    • regulatory bodies
    • energy companies
    • energy utilities
    • academics and researchers

    The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:

    • 1) Investigator: Participants will learn and understand the main issues and challenges related to the Regulatory Delivery via video lectures, readings, quizzes and live classes.
    • 2) Advocate: Participants will perform the tasks of investigator + discuss and debate via forums topics related to the Regulatory Delivery with colleagues and field specialists
    • 3) Master: Participants will perform the tasks of Advocate + take a group work to analyse a real-life case from EU or home country

    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 Investigator: 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
  • Faculty

    Jorge Vasconcelos (Course Director)
    Jorge Vasconcelos is Chairman of NEWES, New Energy Solutions, a company acting in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe. Consultant to several international organisations and national authorities. Invited Professor at the Technical University of Lisbon. Alternate member of the Administrative Board of ACER nominated by the European Parliament. First chairman of the Portuguese Energy Regulatory Authority. Founder and first chairman of the Council of European Energy Regulators. First chairman of the European Regulators’ Group for Electricity and Gas. Co-founder of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Authorities. Founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Florence School of Regulation. Member of several national and international advisory committees on energy matters, including the 2011 EC Advisory Committee on the Energy Roadmap 2050. He graduated in power systems from Porto University and got the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

    Lucila de Almeida (Course Coordinator)
    Lucila de Almeida is Research Associate at the Florence School of Regulation; Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, and a licensed attorney in Portugal and Brazil. She received her Ph.D. and LL.M. in Law at the European University Institute (EUI) fully financed by the European Research Council, M.A. in Law and Development at School of Law of Fundação Getúlio Vargas São Paulo. In her career, Lucila has carried research in projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Academy of Finland, and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. She also integrates the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Law at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She has taught at the Universitè Catholique de Louvain, the University of Helsinki, and the University of São Paulo.

    Alberto Pototschnig is Director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). Alberto is an economist 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. As 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). He regularly teaches in FSR training courses on regulatory and market design issues and directs the successful ‘Regulatory Policy Workshop Series’, investigating the most topical issues in the energy sector.

    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). Leigh studied law at the Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, and at the EUI. She obtained her doctorate in law, with distinctions, from the University of Leiden in 1989.

    Eric Brousseau is the Scientific Director of the Chair Gouvernance and Regulation and the Club of Regulators. Eric is Professor of Economics and Management as well as Director of the Doctoral School at the University Paris-Dauphine. He is one of the creators of the Master Program “Network Industries and Digital Economy” (IREN), jointly operated between Dauphine, Polytechnique, CentraleSupélec, TélécomParisTech and the University Paris-Sud. He is also the director of the Master Program “Telecom and Media Management” (226) and in 2002 he founded the Institutional and Organisational Economics Academy (IOEA), and presided over the International Society for New-Institutional Economics (2013-2014). He is also an honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

    Patrizia Nanz joined the IASS as a Scientific Director in 2016 and is a Professor of Transformative Sustainability Studies at the University of Potsdam. She conducts research on the development of enabling environments for societal transformation. Her experiments with co-creative thinking and organisation bring together people from diverse sectors, organisations, and backgrounds to develop solutions to critical challenges such as climate change. At the IASS, Professor Nanz is co-chair of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, which advises the German government with the support of a steering group of prominent figures from academia and representatives from the business community and civil society.

    Experts from ACER, CEER, European Commission and more…
    In addition, several European specialists on energy regulation and governance are involved in case-videos, to give feedback to the participants on their experience with governance issues in practice.

  • Course Certificates

    At the end of the course, the participants can earn a certificate depending on their level of engagement and performance throughout the course.

    • Level 1 Investigator: Certificate of Attendance
    • Level 2 Advocate: Certificate of Completion
    • Level 3 Master: Certificate of Excellence
  • Fees

    • 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 policy

    Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course.