Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities

33 WEEK Online Course

Regulation of energy utilities

All you need to know in one professional course

With the Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities, 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.

Empowering the next generation of regulators

After this nine-month professional 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.  

A fully online course for participants worldwide

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 leading experts in the field, who will channel their knowledge into interactive lectures, case studies, and live webinars, and provide all participants with insights and timely feedback on their work.

In this online course, you will have the chance to discuss and learn from your instructors and peers, via interactive live classes, Q&A sessions, and masterclasses (35 live sessions in total).

To ensure a close interaction with the instructors and a personalised learning experience, this online course will have a limited number of participants.

On 4-5 July 2024, we will host a 2-day residential event at the EUI premises in Florence. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures offered by leading characters of the energy sector on the hottest current policy and regulatory challenges.

Course director
Carlos Batlle
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  • Dates
    01 Oct 2024 - 22 May 2025
  • Level
    Fundamentals
  • Type
    Online
  • Workload
    6-10 hours/week
  • Register by
    08 Sep 2024
STRUCTURE

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

Block 0: Basics on Energy Systems
3 October 2023 – 19 October 2023

Participants are offered selected readings 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
24 October 2023 – 23 November 2023

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
28 November 2023 – 18 April 2024

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

Block III: Final Webinar Series: Current Regulatory Key Discussions
7 May 2024 – 16 May 2024 Online
4-5 July 2024 Residential event In Florence
Three live sessions, devoted to the discussion of case studies and the presentation of other topics of specific interest to the course participants, and a final one-day panel on energy and sustainability, which marks the end of the course with the awarding of diplomas to participants.
In July, we will host a special event created to offer to the alumni the opportunity to spend two days in Florence with a double objective:
  • to attend a series of lectures offered by leading characters of the energy sector on the hottest current policy and regulatory challenges. The alumni have the chance not only to update their views on these issues but also participate in the discussions.
  • to share the experience with their peers, not only during the sessions but also in the coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners, having the chance to meet in person other colleagues, coming from all around the world, and benefit from their experiences and lessons learnt in their countries.
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, but please note that live classes are not recorded and will take place from 2.30 to 4 PM CET/CEST. 80% Live classes attendance is compulsory for students aiming to receive the certificate of excellence. You can check the calendar of live classes in the course syllabus.

This online course will have a limited number of participants to ensure a close interaction with the instructors and a personalised learning experience. A selection will be made, and you will be informed of your admission after the closure of the registrations.

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 Profs. Ignacio 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.

FSR Annual Scholarships

Each year, the Florence School of Regulation – Energy and Climate (FSR Energy & Climate) awards scholarships for a wide variety of training courses targeting a broad audience of professionals and academics.

Applications will be assessed by a Selection Committee of FSR members on a yearly basis. The successful candidates will be informed by the end of February 2023 and will be provided with all relevant information on how to enroll in the online course or residential training of their choice.

Send your application by 31 January 2023.

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Fees & Cancelation policy

Fees

  • General fee: 5,170 EUR
  • Associate donors fee (10%): 4,653 EUR
  • Major donors fee (20%): 4,136 EUR
  • Star donors fee (25%): 3,877 EUR

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.

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

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

What Participants say about this course

This is a top quality course. The lecture and case studies are relevant to the current challenges of energy transition. The professors and course coordinator / project officer are high calibre. I learned and enjoyed this course. Well done! Thank you!

Participant of the 2022 Edition

An excellent training course that provides a holistic view of the regulation in the energy sectors. Highly recommended as it allows better understanding of the value of regulation and of the emerging need to find the best solutions to accommodate at the same time decarbonisation, security of supply and energy poverty.

Participant of the 2022 Edition

The course surpassed all my expectations. It was well-structured, up-to-date with current developments in the energy sector (which was complex in 2022 and after with all new regulatory developments). Despite the ever-evolving regulations, course instructors were able to introduce the material with a lot of recent details and furthermore provided extra material and their views which was invaluable.

Participant of the 2022 Edition

The quality of the course is really high and it was very interesting to meet professionals in the energy and gas sector, just as it was really stimulating to meet colleagues from different parts of the world! Everyone should attend the Annual training on the regulation of energy utilities!

Participant of the 2022 Edition

It was a great experience for my professional growth, the teachers have a high level of knowledge about the different subjects and It is also very interesting to be able to exchange ideas and experiences with professionals from different countries.

William Quiroz | Participant of the 2021 Edition

I have spent a truly wonderful year learning about regulation. The course is well structured and very stimulating. I hope to continue deepening the regulatory issues with other courses at the FSR.

Laura Pimpinella | Participant of the 2021 Edition

This is a well organised course thought my professors with a vast amount of experience and knowledge which reflected in the classes that they provided. As someone who had little experience in electricity or gas regulation before my current employment, I can already feel the knowledge gained benefiting me in my work.

Participant of the 2021 Edition

The level of depth of the material surprised me the most. (Also the quality of the teachers, material, and often focussing on current issues).

Participant of the 2019 Edition

For a course which was supposed to cover more energy sectors, it was excellent.

Participant of the 2019 Edition

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
23
Editions
10
Instructors
778
Participants
38
Countries

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