EU Gas ‎Network Codes

8 WEEK Online Course

The implementation of the EU Gas Network Codes (NC) requires an important effort from many participants of the market and sound competence and specialised resources. 

 Join us to gain comprehensive knowledge about the EU Gas Network Codes from the experts actively involved in their development – national TSOs and ENTSOG. 

 What you will learn: 

  • How the NCs are designed and developed – gas NCs’ regulatory background, linked to their practical implementation in various EU member states 
  • Gas regulatory knowledge about the rationale and scope of the EU gas NCs in the EU gas markets
  • The practical implications NC’s have to the creation of the EU internal gas market
  • The challenges and benefits stem from their implementation 
    Course director
    Ilaria Conti
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    • Dates
      26 Feb 2020 - 24 Apr 2020
    • Level
    • Type
    • Workload
      4-6 hours/week
    • Register by
      23 Feb 2020

    As the European energy market is more and more interconnected, the accomplishment of EU-wide rules facilitating cross-border gas flows is increasingly important. On the basis of the third liberalisation package, the European Commission, ACER and ENTSOG were tasked with developing a unified set of rules concerning the integration of the gas market as well as system operation and development – the network codes (NCs).

    Currently, European NCs and guidelines are near to being entirely implemented in all EU member states. They represent an important and unique achievement of setting rules for the internal energy market for which, at once, they form the pre-condition for harmonised rules for the market functioning, for system operation and for smooth transmition.

    Their implementation requires an important effort from many participants of the market and – particularly from TSOs and regulators – sound competence and specialised resources.

    Therefore, ENTSOG and the FSR have combined efforts in setting up a training course for NC implementation.

    Course objectives
    • Promote the gas regulatory knowledge about the rationale and scope of the EU gas NCs in the EU gas markets
    • Facilitate the understanding of gas NCs’ regulatory background, linked to their practical implementation in various EU member states
    • Support the ENTSOG mission of promoting the completion of a EU single internal market for gas and stimulate cross-border trade
    • Offer a dialogue between participants and ENTSOG experts on various aspects of the gas NCs design and implementation processes.
    Structure of the Course

    Welcome to the course with Ilaria Conti (FSR)
    Live class: 26 February 2020, 14:00 CET

    Week 1: Interoperability NC with Marin Zwetkow (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 4 March 2020, 14:00 CET

    Week 2: Tariff NC with Laurent Percebois and Madeleine Hammerman (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 11 March 2020, 14:00 CET

    Week 3: Balancing NC with Alessia D’Addabbo (ENTSOG) and Stanislaw Brzeczkowski (Gaz system Poland)
    Live class: 18 March 2020, 14:00 CET

    Week 4: Capacity Allocation Mechanisms Network Code with Constanza Troiano (ENTSOG) and Irina Fix (Gascade)
    Live class: 25 March 2020, 14:00 CET

    Week 5: Congestion Management Procedures with Constanza (ENTSOG) and Andreas Martens (Thyssengas)
    Live class: 1 April 2020, 14:00 CET

    Week 6: Transparency and Functionality Platforms
    no Live Class

    Week 7: Mastery Challenges
    Deadline to submit the Mastery Challenge: 15 April 2020

    Mastery Challenge 1: INT NC
    Live class: 22 April 2020, 14:00 CET

    Mastery Challenge 2: TAR NC
    Live class: 24 April 2020, 14:00 CET

    Target group & Levels

    This course is aimed at professionals seeking a better understanding of gas network codes and their importance to the development of the EU internal gas market.

    In particular, the training is addressed to the interested public, that means to people sufficiently knowledgeable about the gas market and gas systems but without any specific knowledge of NCs regulatory background and operational details about their implementation.

    Participation in the course is however open to anyone who wishes to get a deeper knowledge on EU gas NCs, e.g. NRAs, governments, academics, media outlets, students, European associations, companies and stakeholders.

    The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:

    • 1) Investigator (learning goal: to learn and understand the content of the Gas network codes)
    • 2) Advocate (Investigator + discuss and debate the network codes with colleagues and field specialists)
    • 3) Master (Advocate + take a mastery challenge, analyse and attempt to solve/improve a European level real life case and receive feedback from the specialists of the particular case)

    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:

    • 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
    Learning approach and course activities

    The course is a highly interactive experience. While it takes place completely online, it makes use of the social possibilities of in-class instruction through modern online tools and media.

    The learning content is divided into 7 lessons, and at the core of each lesson is a live online class with the instructor. The class draws on your progress and input, addresses the points you have defined as significant during the module and allows you the perfect opportunity to have a real influence on the content.

    In addition, you will have all the online tools at hand: you will watch videos, take part in forum discussions, access diverse reading material as well as take quizzes and polls. During the course you will have a chance to work on cases discussed in the world of natural gas together with the specialists of the field.

    This prosumer approach to learning guarantees the best possible learning outcomes. This course is designed to stimulate the discussion and to provide a forum where different stakeholders can share their experience and best practices stemming from the implementation of the network codes.

    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 & Cancelation policy
    • General fee: 700 €
    • Students fee (with a certificate of current studies): 400 €
    • ENTSOG staff/members fee: 400 €
    • Two free seats for FSR Energy Major Donors
    • One free seat for FSR Energy Associate Donors
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    The Learning Approach
    Personalised Learning
    This course offers three different engagement levels, based on your prior knowledge and the amount of time you can dedicate to the course.
    Live Class
    Every week, participants-led sessions to deep dive in the topic and interact with your instructors. Live classes are always recorded.
    Mastery Challenge
    A chance to collaborate with your peers on a European real-life case and discuss it with the main experts in the field.
    This course gives you instant feedback on your activity in the form of badges. The badges will be converted in the final certificate, which can be shared on your social networks.
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    Klaus-Dieter Borchardt

    Klaus-Dieter Borchardt (Director, DG ENER, European Commission) endorses the online course on the EU Gas Network Codes created jointly by the Florence School of Regulation and ENTSOG, explaining in particular which are the main benefits from joining it.. The course gives all participants a unique opportunity to learn from the experts actively involved in the development of network codes – national TSOs and ENTSOG.

    What Participants say about this course

    First and foremost - a big thanks to all of the team. It was a pleasure working (and learning) with you. I really enjoyed the mastery challenge, especially the two live discussions.

    Participant of the 2019 Edition

    The course was very clear, concise and well-structured. We've got a lot of support from the course facilitators.

    Participant of the 2019 Edition

    I was really impressed how good the course was organised, thank you! The course was perfect!

    Participant of the 2019 Edition
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