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EU Electricity ‎Network Codes

23 September – 3 December 2019 | Online

EU Electricity ‎Network Codes

This 9-week online course is composed of readings, videos as well as interactive and communicative online activities. Each week will have a comprehensive class with live interaction between the participants and the FSR instructors.

In the first six weeks, the focus is mainly on the market network codes (CACM GL, FCA GL, EB GL). Also, the interaction between the market codes and the system operation guideline (SO GL) is highlighted. This first part covers four one-week learning modules, a buffer week and two live panels consisting of experts from ENTSO-EACER, the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders. The panels will focus on the issues and topics raised by the participants during the training.

The last three one-week modules center around the legal dimension of the codes, grid connection codes (RfG NC, DC NC) and the growing role of data, respectively. The course is concluded with a third live panel on data.

Throughout the course, we also highlight where new provisions in the clean energy package affect or add to the existing electricity network codes.


  • Background

    The third liberalization package introduced network codes to be developed by the European Commission, ACER, and the ENTSOs in order to implement the EU target model for the internal electricity market. There are three types of network codes, i.e. market codes, system operation codes and grid connection codes.

    These codes have been developed and we are now in the process of implementing them. During this training we provide a platform for the community of experts to share experiences with the implementation of the codes, while also providing an opportunity to the community of non-experts to get up to speed with these rules that affect all stakeholders. Finally, we did not finish the implementation of the network codes yet but at the same time, the Clean Energy Package entered into force. During the course we point out some provisions of the Clean Energy Package that affect the existing network codes and briefly highlight the areas which have been identified for a ‘second generation’ of electricity network codes.

    In 2016, FSR and ENTSO-E initiated this training on the EU Electricity Network Codes. In 2017, that collaboration was extended to the European Commission and ACER. The first edition of this training included 140+ senior professionals from all over Europe. As part of the course activities, the participants have contributed to the first EU electricity network codes Report published by FSR in February 2018.

    The second edition of this training included again 166 participants from 28 different countries. The updated EU electricity network codes Technical Report (2019 ed.) is now available online.

    In 2019, the training continues. The third edition will include a new learning week on the role of data.

    Network Codes Alumni 2017
  • Target group & Levels

    The training is developed for:

    • Broad target group of Adult learners
    • Network Codes experts and beginners
    • Everyone affected by the Network Codes in Europe, including: TSOs, NRAs, Governments, European Associations, Utilities, New Energy players, Stakeholders…

    The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:

    • 1) Investigator (learning goal: to learn to speak the language of the network codes and to understand their content)
    • 2) Advocate (Investigator + discuss and debate the network codes with colleagues and field specialists)
    • 3) Master (Advocate + take a mastery challenge, analyse and attempt to solve/improve a European level real life case and receive feedback from the specialists of the particular case)

    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
  • Structure of the Course

    Welcome to the course
    Live class: 23 September 2019 – 12 noon CEST (Monday)

    Week 1: Establishing national wholesale markets (CACM GL, FCA GL)
    23 September – 1 October 2019
    Live class: 1 October 12 noon CEST

    Week 2: Integrating wholesale markets (CACM GL, SO GL)
    2 – 9 October 2019
    Live class: 9 October 12 noon CEST

    Week 3: Establishing national balancing markets (EB GL, SO GL)
    10 – 14 October 2019
    Live class: 15 October 12 noon CEST

    Week 4: Integrating balancing markets (EB GL, SO GL)
    16 – 21 October 2019
    Live class: 22 October 12 noon CEST

    Week 5: Group work on the mastery challenges
    23 – 29 October 2019

    Week 6: Panel debates on mastery challenges
    30 October – 7 November 2019

    Debrief mastery challenge 1: Bidding zones
    Panel debate: 5 November 12 noon CET
    – Konrad Purchala (ENTSOE)
    – Rafael Muruais Garcia (ACER)
    – Oliver Koch (EC)
    – Helene Robaye (Eurelectric)
    – Rickard Nilsson (Europex)

    Debrief mastery challenge 2: Unlocking the flexibility potential at distribution level
    Panel debate: 7 November 12 noon CET
    – Catharina Sikow-Magny (EC)
    – Martin Povh (ACER)
    – Victor Charbonnier (ENTSOE)
    – Frauke Thies (smartEn)
    – Sotiris Georgiopolous (DSO)

    Week 7: Legal dimension of the codes
    8 November – 18 November 2019
    Live class: 19 November 12 noon CET

    Week 8: Grid connection codes (RfG NC, DC NC)
    20 – 25 November 2019
    Debrief mastery challenge 3: National implementation plans grid connection codes
    Live class: 26 November 12 noon CET

    Week 9: Digital Data (SO GL, CACM GL, Clean Energy Package, Transparency Regulation and more)
    27 November – 3 December 2019
    Panel debate: 3 December 12 noon CET
    – Manuel Sanchez-Jimenez (EC)
    – Laurent Schmitt (ENTSO-E)
    – Sonya Twohig (ENTSO-E)
    – Uros Gabrijel (ACER)
    – Ioannis Retsoulis (Eurelectric)
    – Viviana Vitto (DSO)

  • Faculty

    Leonardo Meeus is Professor and Partner at Vlerick Business School in Brussels where he directs the Energy Centre, and where he teaches strategy beyond markets. He is also a professor of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute where he directs the online courses on the EU Clean Energy Package and the EU Electricity Network Codes.

    He is active in EU Horizon 2020 research projects; and publishes in academic journals, such as Energy Economics, and Energy Policy. He is a member of the Academic Panel of the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, and a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. Leonardo is a commercial engineer with a PhD in electrical engineering from KU Leuven.

    Tim Schittekatte is part of the FSR research team in electricity regulation. Currently, his main research interests are EU electricity network codes, flexibility markets and distribution network tariff design. He is also affiliated with the Vlerick Energy Center in Brussels. Before joining FSR in May 2016, he was a visiting researcher at the Grid Integration Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and a junior economist at Microeconomix in Paris. He graduated as an engineer from Ghent University, Belgium and completed the EMIN program, an international master in economics. He obtained a PhD in energy economics from University Paris-Sud XI.

    Leigh Hancher is Professor of European Law at the University of Tilburg. She is a part-time Professor at the Florence School of Regulation within the European University Institute and the Director of the FSR Energy Union Law Area. Her research interests include energy market regulation, EU state aids and energy market governance. Her expertise, as well as her academic research, is focused on the changing role of the government in stimulating the liberalisation of traditionally heavily regulated sectors. She has also been a Professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, a Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, Head of Legal at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels and a member of the Dutch Academic Advisory Council (WRR).

    Valerie Reif is part of the FSR research team in electricity regulation. She holds a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering as well as a BA in European Studies. Valerie worked at the Austrian TSO Austrian Power Grid and at the EU Representation Office of Oesterreichs Energie, the Association of Austrian Electricity Companies. Prior to joining FSR, she worked as Junior Expert at the Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria. There she was responsible for European Affairs and was also part of the project management team of ‘Integrating the Energy System’, a research project on interoperability in the energy system.

    Julius Rumpf is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo. He studied law in Potsdam (Germany) and Zaragoza (Spain), graduating in 2010. Before beginning his Ph.D. project, Julius gathered over six years of working experience, inter alia at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. (USA) and as a lawyer in the Berlin branch of a leading German energy law firm (Becker Büttner Held).Julius’ research focuses on the EU’s electricity market regulation, particularly the Clean Energy Package and the network codes. His current focal point is the optimal usage of electricity transmission infrastructure and interconnectors.

    Experts from ENTSO-E, ACER, the European Commission & other relevant stakeholders…

    In addition, several European specialists on network codes are involved in the live online panels, to give feedback to the participants on the Mastery Challenges. For the third edition, we welcome the following experts:

    • Konrad Purchala (ENTSOE)
    • Rafael Muruais Garcia (ACER)
    • Oliver Koch (EC)
    • Helene Robaye (Eurelectric)
    • Rickard Nilsson (Europex)
    • Catharina Sikow-Magny (EC)
    • Martin Povh (ACER)
    • Victor Charbonnier (ENTSOE)
    • Frauke Thies (smartEn)
    • Sotiris Georgiopolous (DSO)
    • Manuel Sanchez-Jimenez (EC)
    • Laurent Schmitt (ENTSO-E)
    • Sonya Twohig (ENTSO-E)
    • Uros Gabrijel (ACER)
    • Ioannis Retsoulis (Eurelectric)
    • Viviana Vitto (DSO)
  • Course Certificates

    At the end of the course, the participants can earn a Certificate of Attendance, a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Excellence, depending of their performance and engagement throughout the course.

  • Fees

    • General fee: 1000 €
    • Students (with certificate of current studies): 400 €
    • 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.


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