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 NCs have to the creation of the EU internal gas market
  • The challenges and benefits stemming from their implementation 
    Course director
    Marzia Sesini
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    • Dates
      31 Jan 2024 - 25 Mar 2024
    • Level
      Specialised
    • Type
      Online
    • Workload
      4-6 hours/week
    • Register by
      28 Jan 2024
    Background

    The Network Codes are EU-wide rules facilitating cross-border gas flows and the overall smooth interconnection of gas infrastructure across European Member States. 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 Marzia Sesini (FSR) and Karolina Golonka (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 31 January 2024, 11:30 CET

    Week 1: Tariff NC | Laurent Percebois (ENTSOG) and Thomas Petitet (Teréga)
    Live class: 7 February 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 CET

    Week 2: Capacity Allocation Mechanisms Network Code | Karolina Golonka (ENTSOG) and Salvatore Lanzilotti (SNAM)
    Live class: 14 February 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 CET

    Week 3: Congestion Management Procedures | Peter Hlusek (ENTSOG) and Andreas Martens (Thyssengas)
    Live class: 21 February 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 CET

    Week 4: Balancing NC | Manfred Cadez (ENTSOG) and Benjamin Wolff (THE, on behalf of NEL)
    Live class: 28 February 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 CET

    Week 5: Interoperability NC | David Gil (ENTSOG) and Björn Thiele (Ontras)
    Live class: 6 March 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 CET

    Week 6: Transparency and Functionality Platforms
    no Live Class

    Week 7: Mastery Challenges
    Deadline to submit the Mastery Challenge: 17 March 2024

    Mastery Challenge:
    Live class: 25 March 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 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.

    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 after February 2024 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 28 January 2024.

    Find more information here

    Fees & Cancellation policy
    • Full fee: 880 €
    • Students fee (with a certificate of current studies**): 440 €
    • ENTSOG staff/members fee: 440 €
    • Four free seats for FSR Star Donors
    • Two free seats for FSR Major Donors
    • One free seat for FSR Associate Donors

    Discounts
    Special offer for group enrolments: 10% discount from 5 participants from the same organisation

    Contact: fsr.secretariat@eui.eu

    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.

     

    **Please kindly send your certificate of current studies with the stamp of your university to FSR secretariat (fsr.secretariat@eui.eu).
    The start and end dates of your studies should also be clearly mentioned on the document. Please make sure that your period of studies fully covers the training course duration.

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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.
    Badges
    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.
    Course Faculty

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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

    Perfect course by inspiring staff and institution. Thank you All!

    Participant of the 2023 edition

    The course was really well done! The structure with videos, lessons, the reading material and the quizzes were all instrumental in giving me the comprehensive overview I was looking for. The final Mastery Challenge gave me also the chance to try out what I have learned and get some feedback from industry experts.

    Participant of the 2021 Edition

    I really enjoyed being part of the course, I did learn new ways how to better understand the Network Code. I will highly recommend the course to my colleagues.

    Participant of the 2020 Edition

    The course gave a better understanding regarding Network Code complexity and problem solving skills. I would highly recommend the course to my colleagues and collaborators.

    Participant of the 2020 Edition

    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
    Course in numbers
    6
    Editions
    461
    Participants
    30
    Nationalities
    14
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