COURSE ORGANISATION

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 23-27 March 2020. This CEER-FSR course is focused on explaining the fundamentals of EU energy policy and regulation, building on similar successful courses held in previous years. The course, which is Level A - Overview course, is ideally suited for newer staff members within National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), European Institutions and other public authorities.    

The course is co-directed by Koen Locquet, Acting President of CREG and Ilaria Conti, FSR Head of Gas Area and advised by Jean-Michel Glachant, FSR Director and Margot Loudon, Member of CEER Training Academy Advisory Board. It comprises of two standalone - but related - modules, as follows: 

- Module 1: "EU Energy Regulatory Framework and Policy", 2 days, from Monday 23rd to Tuesday 24th March 2020; and,

- Module 2: "European Electricity and Gas Market Regulation", 3 days, from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th March 2020 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. 

Course structure:

The CEER-FSR course will comprehensively explain the key aspects of EU electricity and gas regulation, including the latest developments, 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 the CEER's 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 first day of Module 2 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.

Watch testimonials from participants from the previous course.

Draft programme CEER-FSR joint course 2020 - Module 1 and 2
Module 1 (2 days, 23-24 March 2020): 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 
   
Module 2 (3 days, 25-27 March 2020): European Electricity and Gas Market Regulation:

    • Retail markets and customer protection  

    • Electricity markets, European electricity wholesale market design and the role of regulators 
    • Gas markets, European gas wholesale market design and the role of regulators 

    • Electricity grids, gas grids and regulation of natural electricity and gas monopolies


Visit to a TSO regional operational coordination centre in Brussels (25 March).