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ERRA Regulatory Research Award


Background & Award Objectives

Energy regulation in the ERRA countries has evolved over the last 10-15 years based on the experience of its members and international commitments and practices. The evolution of regulation toward market-based electricity and gas systems in particular has resulted in certain trends and issues. Most regulators now deal with such issues as introduction of competition; the need for expanded investment; affordability and citizen participation; regulatory governance and the political-regulatory relationship as well as other issues.

The ERRA Presidium concluded that there is now a need for applied energy regulatory research, i.e. research that is evidence-based and addresses energy regulatory problems facing ERRA regulators; therefore it established the “ERRA Regulatory Research Award” in 2014 to encourage, reward and expand energy regulatory research and analysis and contribute to improve regulatory practices among ERRA energy regulators.


ERRA Regulatory Research Award 2016

The nomination for the Award is open for researchers, students, professors, regulatory commissioners and staff members;  individuals or group of candidates, who are aware of the goals of the ERRA Award.

Proposed Research Fields

  • Electricity System Regulation
  • Gas System Regulation
  • District Heating Regulation
  • Regulatory Governance

Proposed Topics
To analyse, research, prepare and/or propose regulatory basic concepts, methodologies, approaches and tools related to the following preferred issues:

  • Regulation and investment: generation (new and rehabilitation), transmission and distribution systems
  • Market development and monitoring
  • Regional market integration
  • Price regulation approaches; affordability
  • Governance, management and operation of regulatory authorities
  • Customer empowerment
  • Energy policy and regulation: the relationship between government policy and regulators’ implementation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Role of regulators in climate change
  • Carbon pricing and regulation

Include critical analysis of the past regulatory experience with lessons learned and/or proposed new regulatory approach based on past experience if applicable.

The Candidate(s) shall prepare a Paper for submission through the ERRA Award submission process.

Planned Time-line of the Award Winning Process

  • May 31, 2016: deadline for the submission of the Papers;
  • Latest until September 30, 2016: evaluation of Papers and selection of Award winner(s);
  • Latest until October 31, 2016: publishing the results and Award giving.

For more information please refer to the Call for Paper and Submission form available on this page.

We encourage candidates to submit publications for the ERRA Regulatory Research Award 2016!

Mariusz Swora's speech on the occasion of the Award Ceremony 2014