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Regulation and Integration of Renewable Energy

Integration and Regulatory Issues in Market-Based Electricity Systems 2019

18-22 May 2020  |  Florence

The FSR’s training course on Renewable Energy Sources: integration and regulatory issues in market-based electricity systems provides a comprehensive introduction to the topic with the newest updates from the field.

The general objective of this training course is to carefully examine the role and potential of renewable energy sources as a fundamental element to a sustainable, competitive and secure power industry as well as the regulatory mechanisms needed to achieve their integration into a liberalised electricity system.

This training consists of a 4-day residential training in Florence.


  • Overview

    The growth of renewable energy is changing all paradigms of policy, regulation and market design . There is currently hardly any initiative related to the supply, transmission, delivery or consumption of electricity that is not directly or indirectly influenced by the integration or development of renewable energy.

    As a result, power generation companies have to adapt their commercial strategies and balance their portfolios under new market conditions, TSOs have to engage in closer collaboration for the balancing of the system and efficient use of the interconnections, and regulators must ensure the sustained development of renewable energy through competitive market-based incentives to cope with more and more ambitious sustainability targets.

    For this reason, every energy industry professional is now directly or indirectly involved with the regulation and integration of renewable energy. This course provides a comprehensive view on the regulatory framework for renewable energy that every professional from the energy industry and from regulatory authorities needs to know. The course is given by top experts in the area in the outstanding setting of the European University Institute in Florence.

  • Course objectives

    • To introduce the most prominent renewable energy support mechanisms with a focus on best practice design in a market-based environment
    • Special attention is given to auctions, which are currently introduced in a fast growing number of countries
    • To formulate electricity market design implications and alternatives in view of a massive implementation of renewable energy into the market and the grids
    • To categorise the growing technical and economic challenges and implications for the integration of renewable energy by the TSOs or DSOs.
    • To provide participants with all tools needed to implement renewable energy regulation and projects and to benefit from market integration in all segments of the power system
    • To give a thorough overview of the Clean Energy Package on the 2030 governance of the European Energy Union with a focus on renewable energy source
    • To inspect national renewable energy goals and how are they synchronized with Europe’s action plan, also from the perspective of the new governance of energy and climate policy
    • To provide participants with examples of successful company strategies to implement a renewable energy portfolio
    • To allow participants to evaluate and design small scale RES and self-consumption from a system as well as a project developers perspective

    Furthermore, the training also seeks to:

    • Create an environment of productive discussion and interaction among students and top professionals from a wide range of institutions involved in the regulation of the energy sector
    • Build critical thinking among all participants through provocative discussion under the guidance of the instructors
    • Foster group work for the collaborative building of knowledge in an educational setting of excellence
    • Facilitate the growth of a fruitful professional network among participants and instructors
  • Faculty

    Mario Ragwitz (course director) is the Deputy Head of the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets and Head of the Renewable Energy Unit at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Germany). He is honorary professor at the University of Freiburg in the field of energy and climate policy. He develops and evaluates policies for renewable energy and models energy systems with renewable sources focusing on the European Union and MENA countries. He has coordinated more than 40 research projects on renewable energy policy development at global, EU and national level and authored more that 50 peer reviewed scientific articles. In addition to the German federal government he advises the European Commission, the German Bundestag, the European Parliament, the World Bank, other national governments and companies.

    Alberto Pototschnig is Director of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and Adviser to the Director of the Florence School of Regulation. Alberto is an economist and econometrician by training with extensive experience in energy policy, regulation and market design issues, with a focus on European markets. After seven years in the consultancy business with London Economics, Alberto joined the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority in 1997. As the Director of electricity regulation, he was responsible for the design and implementation of technical and economic regulation for the electricity sector. In 2000 he was appointed CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator, and later joined the Italian Transmission System Operator (TSO).

    Salvatore Vinci, IRENA: Since joining IRENA in 2010, Salvatore Vinci has been managing projects related to policies to promote renewable energy in both developed and developing markets. He has authored several publications, the last one being ‘Policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids’ (IRENA, 2016). Salvatore is the coordinator of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) and has been in charge of the program development of the three editions of IOREC. Before joining IRENA, Salvatore worked as energy expert at the Department of Energy of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. Salvatore holds a degree cum laude in Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Energy Resources Management

    Nicolò Rossetto is Research Associate at the Florence School of Regulation since September 2016, where he has been working mainly on electricity-related issues like the establishment of a seamless transmission system in Europe and the active participation of demand to the wholesale and retail markets. Nicolò holds a Ph.D. in Ecomomics, Law and Institutions by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori of Pavia (IUSS). His dissertation was concerned on the economic and regulatory aspects of distributed generation. Before joining FSR, Nicolò was external advisor to the World Bank, founding member of the Energy Watch at ISPI (Milano) and teaching assistant of microeconomics and of energy economics at the Università di Pavia (Italy). His interests spans from the regulation of the network industries to the European energy policy, from energy security to the economics of electricity markets.

    Clemens Cremer currently holds the position of a Group Expert Energy Economics and Energy Markets with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. Within this position he works on strategic market issues and he is responsible for the development of the EnBW’s group-wide long term view of electricity markets. Linked to this he works on fundamental issues of market design and integration of renewable energies. Besides his work for EnBW Clemens Cremer gives lectures at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on Energy Trading and Risk Management. Before joining EnBW he worked as a researcher with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovations Research and with the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH-Zürich). He studied at the University of Karlsruhe and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington completing his studies with a degree in Geo-Ecology and he earned his PhD from ETH-Zürich.

    Samson Yemane Hadush is a research fellow at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) in Italy since April 2018. He is mainly working on topics of integration of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and regulation of electricity access. Before joining FSR, he has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the energy center of Vlerick Business School in Belgium. His research mainly focused on the energy transition in Europe and its implication for power network companies. Specific topics include DSO-TSO cooperation, distribution grid tariff design and local energy communities.
    He has a Ph.D. in engineering science with a focus on power system economics from KU Leuven in Belgium. His thesis addressed the issue of electricity transmission investments and cross-border cost allocation in Europe. He also holds a joint master’s degree of Economics and Management of Network Industries from the University of Comillas in Spain, TU Delft in the Netherlands and Paris Sud XI in France.

    Fabio Genoese has been working in the energy sector for more than 10 years. He started his career in 2008 as consultant to energy utilities and the German government, playing a vital role in working out regulatory measures to avoid extreme negative electricity prices. From 2013 to 2016, he was in charge of electricity policy analysis at CEPS, a Brussels-based Think Tank, authoring numerous publications on electricity market design as well as engaging corporate and institutional stakeholders through CEPS Task Forces. In 2016/17, he contributed to ENGIE’s innovation strategy as Smart Energy Systems Expert.
    He is currently Head of Market Strategy at Terna in Rome and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris. Mr Genoese holds a doctoral degree in Energy Economics as well as a Master’s degree in Physics.

    Andrea Panizzo is currently Head of Business Development of Europe and Middle East Area in Enel Green Power S.p.A., the Renewables Division of Enel S.p.A.
    He is a Civil Engineer, with a PhD in Maritime Constructions. He joined the Business Development unit of Enel Green Power in 2008. In October 2015 he was appointed Head of Business Development of Europe and Middle East Area, leading today a team of more than 70 people, with business activities in Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and UAE.
    Businesses under his responsibility regard mainly development and permitting of renewables projects, participation to governmental tenders, M&A of projects and operating plants, strategic investment plans for Enel Green Power.

    Pierre Loaëc is a Policy Officer at the unit in charge of renewables policy in DG Energy, European Commission. In this position, Pierre worked on the preparation and negotiation of the recast Renewables Directive, mainly on issues related to renewable electricity, and now works on its implementation. Pierre was previously in DG Competition, where he worked on various mergers and state aid cases in the field of energy. Before joining the Commission, Pierre worked in the financial sector, lastly as an advisor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in London. Pierre holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Sciences Po and a Master’s degree in Finance from ESSEC.

  • Content

    • Overview of renewable energy support schemes and the challenges posed by the integration in liberalised electricity markets
    • Implementation of auctions for renewable energy support
    • Interaction between the electricity market design and renewables support
    • Grid integration of and grid expansion for renewable electricity
    • Self-consumption of renewable energies
    • Private sector perspective on chances and challenges of the EU market for renewables
    • Renewable energy in the Winter Package / 2030 Energy Union Governance
  • Target group and knowledge level

    The training is developed for:

    • National Regulatory Authorities and Ministries
    • Regulatory affairs department of energy companies including power generation companies, TSOs and DSOs
    • International institutions such as the World Bank, IFC, and industry organisations
    • The European Commission and the DGs Energy, Competition, Joint Research Centre, Environment, Climate Action, Justice and Consumers and other related
    • Academics on the field of electricity markets and regulation

    No formal background on energy regulation is required. An educational background in engineering, economics or law is strongly recommended. The training is in English.

  • Eligibility and fees

    Students fee: 500 EUR

    National Regulatory Authorities or Donors of the FSR: 2.100 €

    Other organisations or companies: 2.700 €

    Registration is open to any professional regardless of the affiliation. Priority is given to representatives from National Regulatory Authorities and donors of the Florence School of Regulation. The number of participants from the same country or organization will be limited in order to maximise the diversity of the group.

  • Learning portfolio

    • Residential lessons with interactive learning tools: Instructors will provide a lesson focusing on the key theoretical concepts complemented by illustrative real current examples and case studies from the industry.
    • Interactive tools and activities involving the participants are put on to enhance the discussion and the learning experience
    • Q&A sessions: An interactive Q&A session follows each learning session in order to clarify the main concepts and to stimulate active discussion
    • Group work activities implemented to facilitate the learning outcomes, foster collaboration, skills and competencies for participants

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