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Specialised Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets

4 WEEKS Online & Residential Course

Understand the basic principles and most topical issues of gas sector regulation in Europe and worldwide.

This blended course starts with a four-week online block, introducing you to the basic principles of gas regulation in Europe. After completing the online block, you will be prepared for a five-day immersive residential block in Florence, where you will dive deep into gas market regulation, comparing different regional gas market models and analysing the best ways to implement EU Network Codes, in particular, the Balancing and Tariff Network Codes.

What you will learn:

  • Global and regional gas supply and demand outlook
  • Academics and practitioners’ perspectives on the gas markets
  • In-depth analysis of the principles of gas regulation
  • Policy and regulatory focus on topical issues in Europe and worldwide – such as renewable and low-carbon gases, sector coupling, Network Codes, global LNG, main factors of influence on gas private sector’s strategies
  • The various applications of gas regulation in different geographical contexts (ex. EU, USA).
Course director
Ilaria Conti
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  • Dates
    17 Feb 2020 - 20 Mar 2020
  • Level
    Specialised
  • Location
    Florence
  • Type
    Online & Residential
  • Register by
    31 Jan 2020
Overview

The FSR Specialised Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets covers the basic principles of regulation in the gas sector, as well as the most relevant and topical issues in Europe and worldwide.

After a general assessment of the gas market context, the course gives an overview on the various and diverse applications of gas regulation in different geographical contexts (ex. EU, USA). By comparing different regional gas market models, the course analyses the best ways to fully implement the existing EU Network Codes, in particular the Balancing and Tariff Network Codes.

Moreover, the course offers a deep insight on the basic concepts of gas regulation such as transmission tariffs, Third Party Access (TPA) and pipeline competition, incentives to new infrastructure, and price caps – with a practical perspective supported by concrete examples and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to improve and exercise their regulatory knowledge, while developing their problem solving skills by working in small groups.

The participants will also have a chance to test their understanding of the balancing market by engaging in the balancing market simulation game.

STRUCTURE

The online part (participants can choose only four modules):

  1.   Gas Demand and Supply dynamics (Paolo Natali)
  2. Gas key actors and functions (Ilaria Conti)
  3. Defining gas transport and distribution capacity (Michelle Hallack)
  4. Basic principles of gas regulation in a liberalised market: main regulatory models (Miguel Vazquez)
  5. Defining tariffs (Sergio Ascari)
  6. Techno-economic Characteristics of Natural Gas (Michelle Hallack)
  7. Security of supply (Ilaria Conti)

Online debate at the end of the online course.

 Group work: Infrastructure for a decarbonised gas system, which choices?

Bring and discuss arguments linked to opportunities and challenges at infrastructure (H2 blending limits, presence of LNG terminals etc, planned projects, interconnection with neighbouring markets), market (existing electricity generation, consumption volumes forecast, energy import/export data etc) and regulatory level (EU and national)

The residential part:

The gas market world

  • Supply/demand dynamics and recent developments
  • LNG features and market forces
  • Organisation of markets and hubs
  • Evolution of contracts and trading
  • Storage and security of supply
  • Gas market regulatory evolution
  • Models of gas market regulation: Europe, US, and emerging markets
  • Gas price regulation
  • Regulation of the EU gas market: target models, network codes and their implementation, the integration of the EU internal gas market
AUDIENCE & LEVELS

Registration is open to all professionals of any level who are interested in having a deeper understanding of the gas regulation.

The training is mainly addressing staff from energy utilities, TSOs, banks and representatives from National and European Regulatory Authorities or other public bodies, but also academics and researchers with an interest in gas markets regulation.

No specific academic background is required although a basic knowledge of energy regulation or policy making is recommended. The training is given in English.

OUTCOMES
  • After the training participant will be able to:
    • Explain the key trends in the gas supply and demand dynamics in different regions
    • Indicate the main changes in the EU gas market and the current obstacles to closer internal gas market integration
    • Compare different regional/national models of gas market regulation and indicate the benefits of their implementation
    • Design and use tools to calculate gas tariffs
    • Improve his/her own assessment of existing and future implementation plans of the EU network codes in his/her country
    • Evaluate new gas infrastructure projects and find the optimal solution to ensure security of supply
FEES

The registration fee for:

FSR Donors or National Regulatory Authorities: 2, 800 EUR
Other organizations or companies: 3,800 EUR

The registration fee covers:

Course attendance
Access to the online platform during the course
Certificate of attendance
Coffee breaks, lunches
Guided tour of Florence and a group dinner in the city center
Group dinner
Shuttle transport between the city center and the training venue, back and forth

The Learning Approach
Active learning
Interactive methods give the participants an opportunity to be at the centre of the learning process.
Interaction & Real life cases
Participants solve real life problems and engage in lively discussions led by the training instructors.
simulation game
The participants will also have a chance to test their understanding of the balancing market by engaging in a simulation game
Blended training
This course combines face-to-face teaching with distance learning methods and hands-on practice
Course Faculty

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2018 edition

The Participants of the 2018 edition of the Specialised Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets share their experience and views on the training.

What Participants say about this course

A week with distinct experts and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Understanding energy markets and discussing them from multiple perspectives such as regulatory, economic and technical points of view is key to tackle the challenges we are facing today with an accelerating energy transition and energy sectors as well as markets yet to be coupled. A truly inspiring week at an outstanding institution!

Jan Marc Schwindtal, PhD student in Energy Economi

What an exciting Gas week in Florence discussing the future of #gas regulation, the development and outlook of global gas demand and supply in Europe and worldwide, and so much more! I extend my thanks to Florence School of Regulation - FSR Energy for a great training, but most importantly, for bringing together so many inspiring professionals and amazing people! Looking forward to attending another course of the FSR!

Felicia Mester, Eurogas

A wholehearted thank you to the Florence School of Regulation. I had the pleasure to interact with the bright participants and instructors, who were challenging, asking to the point questions and giving their own views.

Areti Kostaraki, ENTSOG

It was a great opportunity to learn from the European experience regarding the history, formation, and regulation of the gas market. It will be very useful knowledge for the challenges we have in my home country.

Participant from the 2019 Edition
Course in numbers
12
Editions
30
Instructors
339
Participants
25
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