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Trans-European Energy Networks Regulation

2 May – 6 June 2017 | Online course

Trans-European Energy Networks Regulation

What does it really mean when we say Energy without borders? What are cross-border interconnections and why do we need them?

Europe has the largest energy market in the world and the regulatory framework in Europe is reaching towards a stronger support of this market. The EU energy policy has introduced ambitious objectives for the competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply of the energy system. To achieve these objectives, important investments are needed in energy infrastructure. These investments are typically international projects or national projects with a cross-border impact that are challenging from a regulatory point of view.


  • Overview

    This online training starts from a real-life case of the European experience to enter into a more general discussion on how to design a regulatory framework for international investments in energy infrastructure. The training offers insights into some of the latest regulatory trends and practices for investment in energy infrastructure across jurisdictions. Knowledge sharing and networking play a key role in the design of this course.

    The course is led by Leonardo Meeus (FSR, Vlerick Business School, KULeuven), Catharina Sikow-Magny, Head of Unit for Networks and Regional Initiatives in the European Commission, Dennis Hesseling, Head of the Gas Department at ACER and Nico Keyaerts, Senior Researcher at the Florence School of Regulation, will join the course as instructors.

  • Learning approach

    The course is a highly innovative experience. While it takes place completely online, it makes use of the social possibilities of in-class instruction through modern online tools and media.

    The learning content is divided into three modules, and at the core of each module is a live online class with the instructor. The class draws on your progress and input, addresses the points you have defined as significant during the module and allows you the perfect opportunity to have a real influence on the content.

    In addition, you will have all the online tools at hand: you will watch videos, take part in forum discussions, access diverse reading material as well as take quizzes and polls. During the entire course you will work in a team of up to 10 peers in a simulation of a real-life case, which will culminate in a live online session during the final week of the course.

    This prosumer approach to learning guarantees the best possible learning outcomes.

  • Target group

    This advanced 5-week online training is aimed at professionals of the energy sector, regulators, policy makers, companies and academics. Even if the course is fully online, the participants will take part in exclusive, live online sessions and a simulation highlighting the new regulatory changes. Due to this immensely interactive dimension of the course, we are only able to accept a limited number of participants.
  • Expected learning outcomes

    You will learn:
    • To analyse the current regulatory framework for investment in cross-border electricity networks in Europe; both the historical perspective as well as looking to the future
    • To apply the sophisticated regulatory process to real life cases
    • How major electricity infrastructure projects are prioritised and accelerated in Europe
    • How the investment costs of these projects can be shared among neighbouring countries
    • What the role of the different European authorities in the regulatory approval process
    • What kind of incentives project promoters typically have to build the necessary new infrastructure

    In addition, you will work together to simulate the regulatory process that is currently followed to decide on priority electricity infrastructure projects in Europe in a virtual role-playing exercise.

  • Structure of the course

    Welcome to the course

    Live class: 2 May, 12noon CEST

    How to select priority projects

    3 – 9 May 2017

    This module will focus on the selection process of the infrastructure projects that are especially important in reaching the European energy and climate objectives. You will also learn how to use cost-benefit analyses to choose projects of common interest.

    Live class: 9 May 2017, 12noon CEST

    How to allocate investment costs across borders

    10 – 16 May 2017

    In this module you will dive into the cost side of projects: if a project is between two or more countries, who should pay for it?

    Live class: 16 May, 12noon CEST

    TSO Incentives

    17 – 23 May 2017

    Transmission system operators are a key agent in the field of determining cross-border infrastructure projects. How should they be incentivised in the process? Or should they?

    Live class: 23 May, 12noon CEST

    Wrap-up weeks

    24 – 9 June 2017

    The course culminates in live online sessions taking place during the last week of the course. The entire learning process of the previous month will be brought to a concrete example with a hands-on approach. Catharina Sikow-Magny, Head of Unit for Networks and Regional Initiatives in the European Commission and Dennis Hesseling, Head of Gas Department, ACER, will give testimonials as final, live online events of the course.

    Live class with Dennis Hesseling (Head of the Gas Department at ACER): 31 May, 12noon CEST

    Live class with Catharina Sikow-Magny (Head of Unit for Networks and Regional Initiatives in the European Commission): 6 June, 12noon CEST

    Extra live class with CEER and Energy Community: 9 June, 12noon CEST

  • Course Director & Instructors

    Leonardo Meeus is Professor at Vlerick Business School, Part-time Professor at the FSR and Visiting Professor at KU Leuven. He has been working on infrastructure investments for well over a decade.

    Catharina Sikow-Magny, Head of Unit for Networks and Regional Initiatives in the European Commission, Dennis Hesseling, Head of the Gas Department at ACER and Nico Keyaerts, Senior Researcher at the Florence School of Regulation, will join the course as instructors.
  • 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

    • 450 €
    • Two free seats for FSR Energy Major Donors
    • One free seat for FSR Energy Associate Donors
  • Registration Policies

    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.

    Registering Multiple Participants

    Please register each participant separately, to comply with the EUI data protection policy and also as the information given here will be used to set -up the individual account of the course participant

    Payment Confirmation

    Please note that you must complete the payment process to complete your registration. For payment by credit card, you will receive by email a confirmation of payment. For payment by bank transfer, please send copy of the bank transfer to fsr.secretariat@eui.eu. Upon request, you can get a confirmation of payment once the payment has been registered by our accounting department.



  • Dennis HESSELING (ACER) – Head of Gas Department

    “The FSR course provides an excellent opportunity for structured on-line interactions between students and lecturers on relevant topics for energy infrastructure regulation. The students were well prepared, and in particular the mastery challenges submitted provided very good material for discussion.”
  • Milica Brkić-Vukovljak (AERS) – Expert for Electricity

    “Leonardo Meeus presents issues which are so complex in a simple way and I got an impression that everyone, even someone who is not involved in the energy sector could get a grip on the issue. He gives many examples and shares his broad experience with attendees.”
  • Simon Art (SWISSGRID) – Specialist Economics & Tariff, Economics & Regulatory

    “The great experience of this course is that experts from across Europe, some of whom constantly dealing with trans-european energy networks regulation, gather in an academic environment (…) I especially found the different elements of the course very inspiring: Individual and independent literature study, concise introductory lectures, interaction between course participants and live-classes.”
  • Svitlana Teush (Redcliffe Partners) – Legal Counsel for energy and infrastructure matters

    “A well-balanced mix of inspiring lectures, interactive live classes as well as mind-challenging simulation games based on real-life cases and accounting for multiple stakeholders’ perspectives.”

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