Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities

35 WEEK Online Course

Empowering the next generation of energy regulators

During the Annual Training, you will gain extensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of the regulation of the power and gas sectors through theory and practice, learning from European leaders, former regulators, leading academics and industry specialists and practitioners.

After this nine-month online course, you will be equipped to take adequate positions on competition, the integration of markets and networks, quality of service, economic efficiency, and security of supply, with the ultimate goal of protecting the interests of consumers and the better integration of market participants and networks into a common European energy market.  

Every other week, you will have the chance to discuss and learn from a different instructor via two interactive live classes, a Q&A session, and a master class led by a leading expert (around 35 live sessions in total). To ensure you have close and personalised interaction with the instructors, this online course will have a limit of 30 participants.

Early bird Discount
10% discount if you register by 3 August 2020
  • Dates
    05 Oct 2020 - 04 Jun 2021
  • Level
    Fundamentals
  • Type
    Online
  • Workload
    4-8 hours/week
  • Register by
    13 Sep 2020
STRUCTURE

The training is structured around three blocks: an initial block will review the regulatory fundamentals; Block II is the core of the course, in which the key issues are analysed and participants are asked to contribute with their own analyses; Block III gathers a series of live discussions on the hottest energy regulation topics.

Block 0: Basics on Energy Systems (5 – 23 October 2020)

Selected readings will be available, describing how energy systems are operated and managed.

How do energy (power and gas) systems manage to provide end-users with energy supply continuously with an adequate quality of service, at an affordable price and with an acceptable environmental impact

Block I: Theory and Principles of Regulation (26 October –  17 November 2020)

Three introductory modules (one-week long) to review the fundamentals of regulatory practice needed to delve into the subsequent study of the regulation of the different energy activities.

The modules consist of two interactive lectures at the start of the week. In the lecture, updated and selected support material is offered to the participants, so they can improve or consolidate their knowledge.

Block II: Regulation of Energy Supply Activities (26 November – 16 May 2021)

A six-month online and fully interactive course during which energy regulatory principles and case studies are studied together in-depth in a well-structured, flexible e-learning environment that features live lectures and discussions with the course instructors and participants.

Block III: final webinar series: Current Regulatory Key Discussion (14 – 21 June 2021)

Three live sessions, devoted to the discussion of case studies and the presentation of other topics of specific interest to the course participants. A final one-day panel on energy and sustainability, which marks the end of the course with the awarding of diplomas to participants.

OUTCOMES

What you will learn:  

  • The principles of regulatory economics for the regulation of monopolies and competitive activities and the elements required for the proper functioning of competitive markets
  • Regulatory models and the restructuring process of the electricity and gas sectors – detailed view of the institutional structure for energy regulation and policy-making in Europe
  • Different approaches to the regulation of transmission and distribution networks as natural monopolies
  • Regulatory and technological challenges for the widespread inception of retail markets
  • The common challenges that the electricity and gas sector will face towards the completion of the European internal energy market 
AUDIENCE & LEVELS

The course is given in English and developed for: 

  • Representatives from National Regulatory Authorities 
  • Professionals from the regulatory departments of energy companies such as Transmission System Operators and Distribution companies for electricity or gas, power generators or gas suppliers 

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

The course is designed for a global audience and the times of the live classes can be adjusted.

Content
  • Electric power and gas systems: Structure, organisation and functioning
  • Theory and principles of regulation and competition
  • Models of regulation. Restructuring of the electric power and gas industries
  • Regulatory institutions and national regulatory authorities
  • Regulatory economics: Monopolistic activities and approaches to price control
  • Regulatory economics: Competitive activities
  • Quality of service in electricity and gas
  • Energy systems and the environment
  • Traditional regulation of energy utilities
  • Electricity transmission and distribution networks
  • Gas networks
  • Electricity markets: wholesale and retail
  • Gas markets: wholesale and retail
  • Tariff design
  • The legal framework and legal cases in EU energy regulation
  • Environmental regulation
Course Director

The training is led by Prof. Pérez Arriaga (Honorary Course Director) and Carlos Batlle, who have been teaching the course “Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector” at MIT for the last ten years. They are supported by a group of leading experts in the field, who will channel their rich knowledge into interactive lectures, case studies, and live webinars.

Fees

The registration fee is 4,700 EUR.

The Learning Approach
Online Interactive Sessions
Weekly live classes with different Course Instructors. Participants will have a close interaction with the Instructors during the live sessions.
Case Study Assignments
Participants work in a real-life case studies related to the topics reviewed in the previous weeks.
Live Office Hours
Weekly live and interactive session (30’) in which participants can address specific questions to the Instructors
Master classes
Leading experts will discuss a hot regulatory matter related to the topics reviewed in the previous modules.
Course Faculty

Where participants come from

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Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga introduces FSR Energy Annual Training course

The most comprehensive training on the regulation of the energy sector In Europe. Developed by regulators specifically for National Regulatory Authorities and the regulatory affairs departments of energy companies.

What Participants say about this course

I greatly enjoyed the chance to meet with, and interact with, so many people from across Europe and beyond, with a range of experiences. I think having the opportunity to do this as a newcomer to the regulatory world is incredibly valuable. Participants and instructors were very welcoming, both during the course sessions and also on the social side.

Richard Hibble - Graduate Analyst - Ofgem

I would say that the course is perfectly balanced. The contents are very well explained and the chances to share our experiences and knowledge with "colleagues" from all over the world have no price!

Participant of the 2018 Edition

I have really enjoyed the course and the topics. It has been super getting to know my new colleagues and share perspectives on how they do things in their countries.

Participant of the 2018 Edition

Course Instructors are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. And able to explain complicated subjects thoroughly.

Participant of the 2018 Edition
Course in numbers
18
Editions
40
Instructors
596
Participants
35
Countries

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