The objective of this 5-day training course is to provide the participants with an overview of those aspects of environmental regulation that affect the life of energy companies and of those regulating them in the most significant way. The emphasis of the training is put on the discussion of three specific areas: the promotion and regulation of renewable energies, the operation of emerging greenhouse gas markets and the regulatory tools of controlling local pollutions caused by energy companies.
Main themes of the Training Course:
One of the major challenges energy companies (the most prominent contributors to local, regional and global environmental degradation) face today is related to develop and operate energy facilities in an environmentally sustainable way. The efforts required from the energy sector to meet regulations related to climate change, local environmental clean-up and energy security are tremendous and have far reaching implications for the costs, prices and technological developments on energy markets. These developments shape the future of energy markets and will most probably have lasting impacts on investments, technology choices and the way transmission and distribution networks are operated in the electricity and gas sectors.
These developments also reshape the job of energy regulators. While the authority of implementing environmental regulations remains mostly the job of environmental regulators, energy regulators also have to understand their impacts and the new regulatory challenges they are to face. Energy sector regulators are also expected to be active in designing tariffs, network access related regulations and developing certification regimes for RES producers in order to promote the dispersion of renewable energy technologies.
The Course is facilitated by the Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK). The Course Director is László SZABÓ - Senior Research Associate, REKK. Course instructors will be practicing energy regulators, other market participants as well as research associates of REKK.