The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) are delighted to announce a unique joint course called "Introduction to Fundamentals of Energy Regulation", to be held in the CEER's office in Brussels on 18-22 April 2016. This CEER-FSR course is focused on explaining the fundamentals of EU energy policy and regulation, building on similar successful courses held in 2014 and 2015. The course is ideally suited for newer staff members within National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs).
The course is co-directed by Koen Locquet, Chair of CEER Training Group, Director of CREG Administrative Affairs and Jean-Michel Glachant, FSR Director. It comprises of two standalone - but related - modules, as follows:
- Module 1: "EU Energy Regulatory Framework and Policy", 3 days, from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th April; and,
- Module 2: "European Electricity and Gas Market Regulation", 2 days, from Thursday 21st to Friday 22nd April inclusive.
Attendance at both modules is recommended, though they are designed such that participants can gain value by attending just one module if they wish.
The CEER-FSR course will comprehensively explain the key aspects of EU electricity and gas regulation, both theory and practice, across the energy cost chain from wholesale markets through to networks and retail issues. Attendees will be provided with a clear understanding of the economic and legal frameworks that have developed in European energy regulation, including an explanation of the main institutions and participants involved.
The course brings together the FSR’s rigorous academic understanding of regulatory principles along with senior regulatory practical knowledge and expertise. By combining academic groundings and practical on-the-job regulatory experience, the course seeks to build the operational understanding, capacity and tools for newer NRA staff members, which they can then apply in their work.
Each day of the course will be composed of two sessions of circa three hours each. Each session will involve two speakers: the first speaker will cover the main principles and the second will focus on practices. Each speaker will deliver a presentation, followed by a Q&A session, aiding interaction and understanding among course attendees. In addition, the last day of Module 1 includes a field trip, providing participants the opportunity to learn of the need for pan-European TSO operational coordination and infrastructure (including IT systems) to perform operational coordination activities – Module 2 participants may attend this field trip also.
Watch testimonials from participants from last year's course.
Module 1 (3 days, 18-20 April): EU Energy Regulatory Framework and Policy:
• EU energy regulation and energy policy: the landscape • EU energy regulation and energy policy: the institutions, actors and forms of cooperation • Introduction to the European legal framework for energy: logic and dynamics • Retail markets and customer protection
Visit to a TSO regional operational coordination centre in Brussels (20 April). Both participants of Module 1 and Module 2 can participate in this field trip.
Module 2 (2 days, 21-22 April): European Electricity and Gas Market Regulation:
• Electricity markets, European electricity wholesale market design and the role of regulators • Gas markets, European gas wholesale market design and the role of regulators • European energy retail markets and consumers • Electricity grids, gas grids and regulation of natural electricity and gas monopolies