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. Thus, only a selected number of participants will be admitted. Participants will receive a response regarding their admission soon after the registration deadline. 

  • Dates
    01 Jul 2024 - 05 Jul 2024
  • Level
    Highlights
  • Type
    Residential
  • Register by
    15 Apr 2024
Overview

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
Content
  • 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 a highlights training 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.

Please note that only a selected number of participants will be admitted. Participants will receive a response regarding their admission soon after the registration deadline. 

Ana Aguado Scholarship Award

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 (Eurelectric) and the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) have the pleasure of announcing the call for the 7th Ana Aguado Scholarship Award.

 Under this joint initiative, two scholarships will be offered by the partners mentioned above for participation in the Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities, which the FSR will organise in Florence, Italy, from 3 to 7 July 2023 (support for travel and accommodation is included). Further information is available here.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to tiffany.jordan@edsoforsmartgrids.eu no later than 10 March 2023 at midnight (24H00 CET), including the following documents in English. The format and maximum length of the documents must be respected to be taken into consideration:

  • A Motivation Letter (max. 2500 characters, spaces included, written and sent in Word or OpenOffice) explaining the reasons for your interest and the role this course could represent for your educational and professional life;
  • A Short Essay (max. 4000 characters, spaces included, written and sent in Word or OpenOffice) on the following topic: ‘Energy prices have skyrocketed since mid-2021. Governments in Europe and beyond have mostly come to the rescue of their energy consumers by introducing emergency measures and allocating billions of euros. Please briefly illustrate one of the measures adopted by a country of your choice to protect consumers, and discuss their possible disadvantages’.
  • A concise Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max).

Please note that any candidate not respecting the maximum length of the Motivation Letter or the Short Essay will be excluded from the selection process.

Candidates should meet all the following criteria. If just one of the criteria is not met, candidates will equally not be considered eligible:

  • Ongoing or completed university education at Master’s Level in Economics, Engineering, European/International policy/relations/law or similar;
  • Proven interest in the energy sector and familiarity with energy policy issues;
  • Fluent in English (the FSR course will be taught in English);
  • Not more than 3 years of work or research experience in the energy sector.

A Committee composed of representatives from the above-mentioned partners will assess all applications received and select two candidates by 7 April 2023. The two scholarship winners will also be invited to join the InnoGrid conference organised by E.DSO and ENTSO-E in Brussels in June 2023 (date TBC) for the winners’ public announcement.

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

Fees

  • General fee: 4,510 EUR
  • Associate Donor 10%: 4,059 EUR
  • Major Donor 20%: 3,608 EUR
  • Star Donor 25%: 3,382 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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An introduction to what you can expect from the Florence School of Regulation Summer School on the Regulation of Energy Utilities.

What Participants say about this course

The course was excellent. The content was wide ranging, topical and relevant to today's energy concerns and it was delivered by experts who engaged enthusiastically within the classroom.

Participant of the 2023 edition

I was so very much impressed by the quality of the information provided, the level of competence exhibited by the speakers in the way they engaged with us but also in their well thought out presentations that reflected upon current events while not ignoring the historical facts [...]. Last but not least, it was the best organized course I ever attended with regards to all aspects.

Claudia Rugina | Participant from 2022 edition

Complete and thorough course that allows participants, without much previous experience, to be introduced to the energy regulation sector. The course has a really up-to-date content, about days or very few weeks.

Participant from 2022 edition

The course has given me a better understanding of the entire energy system and the role that regulation can or should play in it. Very helpful. It is perfectly organised, in a beautiful location. Moreover, it's just great to be back in school with 30 motivated colleagues. Absolutely recommended.

Participant from 2022 edition

The course was excellent. Extremely well organised with passionate speakers who've changed the way I think about the role of regulation in the energy transition.

Participant from 2022 edition

This course is stimulating, comprehensive and it leaves you wanting for more. Great course!

Participant from 2021 edition

A great opportunity to learn more about the fundamental regulation concepts, in direct discussions with experts from academia, regulatory authorities and utilities.

Participant from 2021 edition

The course was extremely insightful, well planned and I liked the logistics!

Participant from 2019 edition
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Instructors
453
Participants
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