FSR – ARERA Joint Training on Gas Regulation (Focus: Italy)

3 DAY Residential Course

Traversing a landscape of regulatory ecosystems: Gas market regulation in the EU and Italy

Gas regulation in the European Union (EU) exists through both national and the Union-wide frameworks, representing two independent but highly interconnected levels. The relationship between these regulatory environments has been continuously evolving since the 1990’s, leading to an increasingly complex landscape of different frameworks. As the EU prepares the next package of gas legislation for the end of 2021, the picture is set to change again.

The joint training from the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) and The Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA) provides a high-level perspective on the fundamentals of gas regulation in Europe before zooming in more closely on the Italian case. This first edition of the course has been developed thanks to the participation of Italgas. This intensive three-day residential course builds on the expertise and experience of leading experts from across the sector to bring you up to speed with regulatory developments in this space, including with a view to upcoming developments.

Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) who are interested deepening their understanding of gas market regulation.

Please do note that this is a residential training and to ensure your safety the room will have a reduced capacity. Thus, only a selected number of participants will be admitted. Participants will receive a response regarding their admission two weeks after the registration deadline.

  • Dates
    03 Nov 2021 - 05 Nov 2021
  • Level
    Specialised
  • Type
    Residential
  • Register by
    24 Oct 2021
Overview

The regulation of gas markets in the European Union (EU) has evolved in recent years to adapt to concerns over energy security, cost, and more recently environmental sustainability.

This evolution, started in the late 1990s, can be seen in the cross-cutting EU-level legislative packages (the so called First, Second and Third Energy Packages) as well as at the level of the Member States, where EU legislation is transposed into national frameworks, along with specific national aims.

The European Commission will publish a further package of gas regulation, this time focusing on hydrogen and other decarbonised gases. Italy will be one of the 27 Member States again working to adapt these complex measures into their national context, ensuring wider interoperability with the rest of the Union.

In this context, FSR and ARERA join forces to host a three-day residential training in Florence, Italy, to bring clarity on regulation of EU and Member State level gas markets. Through this intensive course we aim to equip attendees with the operational fundamentals of gas market regulation at both the EU and Member State levels, as well as exploring some of the deeper and more nuanced issues of the subject – with a focus on the Italian case.

How do individual national markets function in the context of the wider EU gas market? Is there a long-term vision for regulation of the gas sector in the EU? Which challenges exist and are there solutions?  What can we learn from experience with previous iterations of EU-level gas market packages? What is the experience of a large national regulator? How are national regulators preparing for the coming demands?

Our training is facilitated by former regulators, leading academics, industry specialists and practitioners who encourage an interactive and immersive learning environment through lectures, instructive sessions, and a roundtable. Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) who are interested in deepening their understanding of gas market regulation.

Content

The vision of a single EU Gas Market

  • The Energy Packages and the EU Gas Target Model
  • The Gas Network Codes and their transposition in national legislation

Gas Markets’ core pillars and actors

  • The European regulatory bodies and their respective tasks (ACER, CEER)
  • Governance, role and responsibilities of infrastructure operators across the value chain, including unbundling
  • The regulatory challenges in the energy transition: towards a new gas market model
  • The natural gas market in Italy

Focus on the Italian Gas market

  • Overview of ARERA and of energy regulation in Italy
  • Regulation of the gas market, storage and LNG
  • Unbundling rules

Focus on the Italian Gas Infrastructure

  • Regulation of distribution

Roundtable

  • Is the current Italian regulation set-up fit to face expected evolutions of the energy market?
Learning objectives

This training will provide insights into…

  • The fundamentals of gas market regulation at the EU and Member State levels
  • How national and EU regulation works together
  • The benefits and challenges of EU level coordination on gas markets and their corresponding regulations
  • The history and near future of gas market regulation in the EU, including the major ‘Energy Packages’
  • The tasks of different regulatory authorities, EU vs national
  • Differentiated roles of regulation and regulators along the supply chain
  • The evolving role of regulation in a decarbonised gas market
  • Detailed functioning of the Italian gas market, networks, and the supply chain – current and future
Target group and knowledge level

Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) who are interested in deepening their understanding of gas market regulation. No specific academic background is required. The language of instruction is English.

Please do note that this is a residential training and to ensure your safety the room will have a reduced capacity. Thus, only a selected number of participants will be admitted. Participants will receive a response regarding their admission two weeks after the registration deadline.

Fees

Full fee: 1350 €

FSR Associate Donors (10% discount): 1215 €

FSR Major Donors (20% discount): 1080 €  

FSR Star Donors (25% discount): 1012 €

The registration fee covers:

  • Course attendance
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Coffee breaks and lunches
  • Group dinner
Cancellation policy

Kindly note that cancellation will not be entitled to a refund.

In case of a worsening epidemiological situation, we may be obliged to postpone the event or move it online. So please consider this eventuality when booking your travel to Florence, ensuring you understand well the corresponding cancellation policy.

The Learning Approach
Panel debate
Roundtable discussion to deep dive in the topic of the week together with your instructors and guest speakers.
Real-life cases
A chance to collaborate with your peers on a country based research project and discuss it with the main experts in the field. 
Open Discussion
Open discussions between the course directors and participants as well as many opportunities for networking.
Course Faculty

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Course in numbers
1st
Edition
9
Instructors
5
Panellists
16
Participants

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