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Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities

6-10 July 2020 | Florence

Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamental regulatory principles of the electricity and gas sectors.

Gain an understanding of key concepts:

  • Regulation of distribution and transmission
  • Regulation of generation
  • Wholesale markets
  • Retail markets
  • Demand response
  • Future of power systems and regulation

All topics include real case examples.

The list of instructors covers high-level experts from national regulatory authorities from Europe and North America, the European Commission, academics and energy companies.

Ana Aguado Scholarship Award
More information coming soon!


  • 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.
  • Course Director

    Carlos Batlle is Associate Professor in the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) of the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, since 2011 Visiting Scholar at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and member of the Training Program for European Energy Regulators at the Florence School of Regulation within the European University in Florence. He has headed more than 30 research projects and has taken part in more than other 60. He has worked and lectured extensively on operation, planning and risk management of electric generation and networks, and particularly on regulatory issues concerning electric power systems, with special focus on market design and regulation for wholesale and retail electricity markets. In this latter topic he has been a consultant for governments, international institutions, industrial associations, and utilities in more than 25 countries. He has published more than 30 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Participants will receive a response regarding their admission after the registration deadline.

  • Ana Aguado Scholarship Award

    Ana Aguado Scholarship Award: applications are open!

    Apply by 28 February 2019

    Under this joint initiative, two student scholarships are offered by the above Partners for participation in the Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities course organised by the FSR from 24 to 28 June 2019.

    This year, 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 choice among those offered by FSR Energy. These five free seats will be valid between June 2019 and May 2020.

    Candidatures should be sent to claire.boutry@edsoforsmartgrids.eu by 28 February 2019 and include the following documents in English:

    • A maximum 2500 characters Motivation Letter, explaining the reasons for your interest and the role this course could represent for your educational and professional life
    • A Short Essay (max 3000 characters all included) on the question: “Decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation are changing the European electricity sector. What are in your view the main challenge(s) that energy regulators in Europe have to cope with due to these three major trends?”
    • A concise Curriculum Vitae
    • Candidates should meet all the following criteria (if just one of the criteria is not met, candidates will not be considered as eligible):
    • Ongoing or completed university education at Master’s Level in Economics, Electrical engineering, European/International policy/relations/law or similar
    • Proven interest in the energy sector and familiarity with energy policy issues
    • Fluency in English (the FSR course will be taught in English)
    • No more than three years’ work or research experience in the energy sector

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

    A Committee composed of representatives from the above Partners will assess all applications received and select two candidates by 30 March 2019.

    The scholarships will be officially announced during the next InnoGrid2020+ conference, co-organised by E.DSO and ENTSOE in Brussels on 13-14 May 2019. The two winners will be invited to attend the event (travelling expenses and participation fees will be covered by the conference organisers).

  • Fees

    The registration fee for:

    • FSR Donors or National Regulatory Authorities: 3,100 EUR
    • Other organizations or companies, PhD students : 4,100 EUR

    The registration fee covers:

    • Course attendance
    • Access to the online platform during the course
    • Certificate of attendance
    • Coffee breaks, lunches
    • Guided tour of Florence and a group dinner in the city centre
    • Shuttle transport between hotel and the training venue, back and forth


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