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The European Energy Transition: Actors, Factors, Sectors

A new online course based on a book edited by Susanne Nies

17 May – 12 July 2019 | Online 

ENTSO-E and FSR are partnering to guide you through the EU Energy Transition journey via a new online course.

The 8-week training provides an insight into the EU’s energy transition journey by looking at the past trajectory and the challenges ahead. Technology breakthroughs, innovation including business model innovation and processes as well as changing role and emerging actors, policies, regionalisation and Europeanisation form an intrinsic part of the agenda.

The course is designed to enable the international energy community to understand the actors, sectors and factors driving change at the European level and help benchmark their region or country. 

The online course is based on a book edited by Susanne Nies and prefaced by Jacques Delors which will be included (in digital form) in the course as dedicated reading material.

Learn more about this course


  • Course Structure

    Welcome to the course
    Live class: 17 May 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 1: Objectives of European energy policy, legislation and institutions
    20 May – 24 May 2019
    Live class: 24 May 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 2: From the 2020 to the 2030 targets and EU long-term energy and climate strategy
    27 May – 31 May 2019
    Live class: 28 May 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 3: Innovation and technology
    3 June – 7 June 2019
    Live class: 7 June 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 4: Security of supply, risk preparedness and flexibility
    10 – 14 June 2019
    Live class: 14 June 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 5: Development of electricity markets in Europe
    17 June – 21 June 2019
    Live class: 21 June 2019 2pm CEST

    Week 6: Learning from the European experience
    24 June – 28 June 2019
    Live class: 28 June 2019 2pm CEST

    Group work delivery
    5 July 2019

    Feedback to group work
    12 July 2019

  • Target Group & Levels

    The course is especially designed for professionals working in the energy sector worldwide who could benefit from the European experience or need a broader overview, including:

    • government agencies
    • regulatory bodies
    • energy companies
    • energy utilities
    • academics and researchers

    The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:

    • 1) Investigator: Participants will learn and understand the main issues and challenges related to the EU Energy Transition via video lectures, readings, quizzes and live classes.
    • 2) Advocate: Participants will perform the tasks of investigator + discuss and debate via forums topics related to the EU Energy Transition with colleagues and field specialists
    • 3) Master: Participants will perform the tasks of Advocate + take a group work to analyse a real-life case from EU or home country

    The amount of time required to take this course depends on the aimed course level as well as the level of expertise in the subject prior to joining the course:

    For example:

    • Novice to Investigator: 4-6 hours/week
    • Novice to Advocate: 6-8 hours/week
    • Novice to Master: 8-10 hours/week
    • Expert (Advocate level understanding of the topic) to Master: 5 hours/week
  • Course approach

    The course focusses on international constituencies, keen to understand the framework of the European energy transition better, as to benchmark their own development against it.

    The 8-week training will facilitate knowledge exchange via video- lectures, live interactive classes, dedicated reading materials, quizzes, course discussions and group work.

    The course participants will work both individually and in groups on specific tasks – all real life cases and issues.

  • Faculty

    Course Directors

    Susanne Nies, Managing Director Strategy & Communications at European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).

    Arjun Patel, Policy Team Lead at ENTSO-E.

    Mante Bartuseviciute: Political Science graduate at Free University Berlin (Course Coordinator)

    Excellent European Energy transition experts are involved in the course as instructors and have also been authors of the book that constitutes the basis for this course

    Course Instructors

    • Swetha RaviKumar Bhagwat, Head of FSR Global Relations
    • Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director-General DG ENER
    • Norela Constantinescu, RDIC Team Lead at ENTSO-E
    • Gerda De Jong, Market Advisor at ENTSO-E
    • Jos Delbeke, Senior Adviser at the European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
    • Alexander Dusolt, Market Advisor at ENTSO-E
    • Christophe Gence-Creux, Head of Electricity Department, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
    • Dolf Gielen, Director Innovation and Technology at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
    • Jean-Michel Glachant, Director and Professor of the Florence School of Regulation (FSR)
    • Jan Ingwersen, Secretary General of European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSO-G)
    • Mathilde Lallemand, Strategy & Communications Advisor at ENTSO-E
    • Philip Lowe, former Director General DG ENER, European Commission
    • Leonardo Meeus, Professor at the Florence School of Regulation and Vlerick Business School
    • Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Head of Jacques Delors Energy Centre
    • Alberto Pototschnig, Director of European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
    • Konrad Purchala, Chair of the Market Committee at PSE
    • Jan Rosenow, Director of European Programmes at Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
    • Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of European Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)
    • Robert Schroeder, Managing Director System Development at ENTSO-E
    • Christian Schülke, Advisor Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Equinor
    • Konstantin Staschuss, former ENTSO-E Secretary-General, currently external Chief Innovation Officer at ENTSO-E, Director of Navigant
    • Sonya Twohig, Managing Director System Operations, ENTSO-E
    • Peter Vis, Adviser at the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre
    • Georg Zachmann, Senior Fellow, Bruegel
    • Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate, SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)
    • Alberto Zangrandi, Secretary General, EDSO for Smart Grids
  • Course Certificates

    At the end of the course, the participants can earn a certificate depending on their level of engagement and performance throughout the course.

    • Level 1 Investigator: Certificate of Attendance
    • Level 2 Advocate: Certificate of Completion
    • Level 3 Master: Certificate of Excellence
  • Fees

    • General fee: 1000 €
    • Students (with certificate of current studies): 400 €
    • European Parliament: 500 €
    • Two free seats for FSR Energy Major Donors
    • One free seat for FSR Energy Associate Donors
  • 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.

Register here


Watch the recording of the book launch event