Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities

1 week

Learn the fundamental regulatory principles of the electricity and gas sectors through hands-on, real case activities and examples with instructors from national regulatory authorities from Europe and North America, the European Commission, academia and energy companies.

After this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the regulation of distribution, transmission and generation, wholesale and retail markets, demand response and the future of power systems and regulation.

During this residential Summer School, you will have the chance to discuss and learn from your instructors and peers, via interactive classes, Q&A sessions, and a final panel debate.

The Summer School on the Regulation of Energy Utilities is directed by Carlos Batlle.

Please 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 soon after the registration deadline.

The EUI cares for the safety and security of all those on campus. Thus, the EUI safety rules required by the current situation will be applied (which might include the use of face masks and the possession of the EU Digital Covid Certificate “Green Pass”).

  • Dates
    03 Jul 2023 - 07 Jul 2023
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    22 May 2023

Europe has undertaken the great task of integrating the energy markets at the continental level. Much progress has been achieved thanks to comprehensive policy and regulatory efforts put forth to coordinate the objectives of all market participants in an open, fair and sustainable competitive market. Energy companies, Transmission System Operators, distribution utilities and every market agent has been tasked to align local policies and regulatory frameworks with a more and more comprehensive European regulatory framework that fosters cross-border exchange and cooperation.

FSR Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities will provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive view of the key regulatory principles, actions and implications of the current regulatory framework, highlighting the key challenges for the alignment of the industry with the policy goals of sustainability and security of supply.

The Summer School balances theory with practice with key practical case examples illustrated directly by the agents and decision-makers involved, including former and current energy regulators, renowned academics and professionals from leading energy companies.

Learning Objectives

The aim of the training is:

  • To provide a comprehensive view of the institutional structure for energy regulation and policy making in Europe
  • To contrast the electricity and gas industries recognizing the common and particular challenges that each sector is expected to face towards the completion of the European internal energy market
  • To explore in depth the characteristics of the electricity and gas markets in Europe providing practical examples from Europe, North and South America
  • To illustrate the European strategy for infrastructure development for gas and electricity through regulation and financing
  • To demonstrate the challenges and new opportunities provided by the retail markets, active consumer participation and demand as valuable counterpart in the balancing of the system
  • To discuss mechanisms to support renewable energy and ways of their development
  • Theory and principles of regulation
  • Restructuring of the power industry
  • Traditional regulation
  • Regulating quality of service
  • The Price Coupling of Regions for the European electricity market
  • Electricity transmission and distribution networks
  • Renewable energy support mechanisms and electricity tariff design
  • Retail electricity markets
  • Gas markets and infrastructure
Expected Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate the European regulatory and policy making structure for the electricity and gas sectors.
  • Assess the current state of implementation of the electricity and gas markets in the roadmap to  the internal energy market.
  • Distinguish the particularities of the North and Latin American energy markets in comparison with the European energy sector (market and infrastructure.)
  • Characterize the European regulatory framework for electricity and gas infrastructure.
  • Recognize the challenges behind the implementation of retail markets, identifying the key ingredients needed for a successful retail market with active consumer participation.
  • Identify the basic principles for implementation of support mechanisms and new tariff designs.
Structure of the course

The course starts from basic introductory material and then aims to cover the major subjects of energy regulation in depth. Instructors will provide a lecture focusing on the key theoretical concepts complemented by real and current examples from the industry. Interactive tools and activities involving the participants are utilized to enhance the discussion and improve the learning experience.

Lectures will be held from Monday to Friday.

Target Group and Knowledge Level

The Summer School is highlights trainings giving participants an introduction to the topic with the newest updates from the field. The Highlights trainings give you an introduction to the topic with the newest updates from the field.

  • Take your first step into energy regulation.
  • Gain an understanding of key concepts.
  • Cover the most essential and interesting topics.

The training is designed for professionals from energy companies and representatives from National and European Regulatory Authorities, but also academics and researchers. The training is open for those looking to develop a career in the energy regulation sector of the gas and electricity industry.

No specific academic background is required although the knowledge of engineering or economics is recommended.

A basic knowledge or experience in energy regulation or policy making is expected from the participants.

The training is given in English.

Ana Aguado Scholarship Award

Bernard Energy (BEA), the European Distribution System Operators’ Association (E.DSO), the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), the Union of the Electricity Industry – Eurelectric (Eurelectricand the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) have the pleasure to announce the call for the 6th Ana Aguado Scholarship Award.  

Under this joint initiative, twstudent scholarships are offered by the above Partners for participation in the Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities held by the FSR from 4  to 8 July 2022. The 2022 Summer School will be organised as a 1-week residential course in Florence.

The Partners will allocate five other candidates ranked after the two winners with the opportunity to attend for free one online training course of their choiceAll FSR online courses are valid with the exception of the Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilitiesthe Executive Course to Master Electricity Markets, and the Summer School on Energy Utilities. 

These five free seats will be valid between April 2022 and July 2023. 

Candidatures should be sent to by 28 February 2022 and include the following documents in English (format and maximum length of the documents must be respected to be taken into consideration): 

  • A Motivation Letter (max. 2500 characters, spaces included, written in Word or OpenOffice) explaining the reasons of your interest and the role this course could represent for your educational and professional life; 
  • Short Essay (max. 4000 characters, spaces includedwritten in Word or OpenOfficeon the following topicThe energy and climate targets currently under discussion within the framework of the European Union Green Deal are ambitiousWhat are in your view the two or three key public policies that Europe should implement in order to reach such targets in a cost-effective and inclusive way? Please, justify your answer. 
  • A concise Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max). 

Find more information here

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 by the end of February 2023 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 31 January 2023.

Find more information here

Fees & Cancellation Policy


  • General fee: 4,510 EUR
  • Associate Donor 10%: 4,060 EUR
  • Major Donor 20%: 3,610 EUR
  • Star Donor 25%: 3,385 EUR

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. 

The Learning Approach
Open Discussion
Open discussions between the course directors and participants as well as many opportunities for networking.
Interactive learning sessions
Lectures focusing on the theoretical concepts complemented by practical aspects, fostering collaboration among participants.
High-level experts
The list of instructors includes high-level experts from national regulatory authorities from Europe and North America, the European Commission, academics and energy companies.
Real-life cases
All topics include real case examples.
Course Faculty

Where participants come from

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Carlos Batlle | Course Director

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