Specialised Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets

5 WEEK Online Course

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

After 12 successful editions, our flagship Specialised Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets has been enhanced with an online block to make it more accessible to our growing international audience.

This online course starts with a four-week block which will provide you with the core knowledge and instruments needed to approach the study of gas markets, regulation and policy. After completing the first online block, you will deep dive into gas market regulation, comparing different regional gas market models and developments; learning the building blocks of European gas regulation, as well as the future perspectives for gas in the evolving EU gas market’s landscape.

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
    28 Sep 2020 - 30 Oct 2020
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    30 Aug 2020

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.

Along with a general assessment of the gas market context, the course gives an overview on the various and diverse gas regulation and policy applying in different geographical contexts (ex. EU, Latin America). By comparing different regional gas market models, the course analyses the EU gas regulation  which is currently enforced in Europe (Third Energy Package, EU Network Codes) in particular focusing on the Balancing and Tariff Network Codes.

Moreover, the course covers the basic concepts of gas regulation such as transmission tariffs, balancing markets, gas hubs and pipeline competition, incentives to new infrastructure, and price caps.

  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)

Participants can choose only four modules

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)

Live interactive sessions with different Course Instructors (26-30 October):
The gas market world
  • Supply/demand dynamics and recent developments
  • LNG features and market forces
  • Organisation of markets and hubs
  • Role of gas in the energy transition
  • Renewable and decarbonised gas: biogas, biomethane, hydrogen, syngas
  • Evolution of contracts and trading
  • Storage and security of supply
  • Gas market regulatory evolution
  • Models of gas market regulation: Europe, USA, 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

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.

  • 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

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

The fee includes 1 free seat to one FSR online course*
The online course will have to take place until December 2021, and the seat can be used by anyone inside the same company or institution


*except Annual Training, Executive Course to master Electricity Markets, and Summer School on Energy Systems: Sector Coupling and Energy Modelling.

The Learning Approach
Active learning
Interactive methods give the participants an opportunity to be at the centre of the learning process.
Online Interactive Sessions
Weekly live classes with different Course Instructors. Participants will have a close interaction with the Instructors during the live sessions.
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
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

This course fully immerses participants into all aspects of gas market regulation while also covering the core technical principles. Collaboration between participants is very much encouraged and the course offers a great opportunity to exchange views with high level panellists. Overall, an excellent learning experience. 

Participant from the 2020 Edition

Hello from Turkey! I feel privileged to be a part of this amazing learning experience. “Specialized Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets” covers basic principles of gas regulation as well as the most current issues in Europe and in the world. Our focus at the Training on September-October 2020 was decarbonization. In a group, participants prepared a final project on the infrastructure for a decarbonized gas system. Also, we played Balancing Market Game, which was an interesting learning process. I really learned a lot from this training. Thank you FSR.  

Participant from the 2020 Edition

Thanks to the FSR for a wonderful experience within gas, energy and sustainability. I am proud to announce the completion of specialised training on gas markets and that my group won an excellence prize. Our final project, a paper on decarbonizing the EU gas sector will be published by FSR soon. Thank you, Marina, Ilaria and other FSR colleagues.

Participant from the 2020 Edition
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