Course description

Course Objective:

The course features 5 days dedicated to the core responsibilities and activities of water utility regulatory authorities with regard to the oversight of the regulated utilities, principles and practices of tariff setting, performance benchmarking, and new developments in the regulation of the sector.

Participants will gain knowledge on key economic concepts guiding the operation of the sector, the challenges faced by sector participants including the wider problems of water management, and the role of the regulator and regulatory models including best practices. A core theme of the course is tariff setting and approval by the regulator: theoretical lessons will be supplemented by case study examples and a tariff setting exercise. Sufficient time will also be dedicated to the role of performance benchmarking in regulation.

Design of the Course:

Instructors of the course are a mix of utility regulators and researchers. The course is designed to assure the utmost transfer of practices and information from experienced regulators to course participants. This characteristic allows ERRA to design training courses that focus equally on practical application and theoretical methodology and include the transfer of relevant direct experience. In addition to the formal classes presented by the instructors, the course will feature preparatory homeworks, practical exercises, simulations, participant case studies and a final test.

Target Audience:

The course is available to practising water utility regulators and to non-regulators such as ministry and local government representatives, banking institutions, law and investment firms, consulting companies and regulated utility companies.


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Course registration

ERRA Full Members EUR 1 075 + 27% VAT
ERRA Associate Members EUR 1 275 + 27% VAT
Non-Member Regulators EUR 1 475 + 27% VAT
Non-regulators EUR 1 975 + 27% VAT

Tuition fee includes: training materials, lunches, coffee breaks during the training course and a social programme.

Accommodation cost for 5 nights will be automatically added to the tuition fee in the amount of 325 EUR if you chose to stay at the training venue (European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB); http://www.eycb.coe.int). (In case participants wish to stay at a different location, please note that they will need to do their own hotel arrangements.)

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: 1-3 Zivatar Str., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1503038704oc@ta1503038704irate1503038704rcesb1503038704cye1503038704
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

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Water Training 2017

Please note that ERRA is not in the position to provide participants with funds or assistance in finding the necessary funds regarding their participation fees and does not have sponsored places for the training. Thus, we kindly ask you to submit your registration only in case the funds to cover your participation, including tuition fee, travel, etc. are available for you and your participation is already approved by your delegating company.

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WATER UTILITY ECONOMICS

09:00

Opening address and introductory round

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

09:30

Keynote speech

Joó, István

Ministerial Commissioner in charge of Water Diplomacy, Water Export and Danube Region Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

09:45

Setting the scene: the regulation of water vs. energy services

Kaderják, Péter

Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Fundamentals of water utility economics

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Case study of a water utility regulator (TBD)

TBD
15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Introduction to asset management with case study examples

Kovács, Károly

President, European Water Association (EWA), President, Hungarian Wastewater Association, Hungary

16:30

Group Work: Introducing the off-class teamwork assignment for the week

The Group Assignment: Participants will be grouped and requested to work on the exercise after the classes.

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

17:00

End of the day

19:00

Group Dinner at Trófea Grill

PRINCIPLES AND INSTITUTIONS OF WATER UTILITY REGULATION

9:00

Principles of regulation: licensing, price regulation, monitoring and other tasks and competencies

Kaderják, Péter

Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Case study: the Irish Water Utility Regulatory Reform

McGowan, Paul

Chairperson/Commissioner, Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Case study: The Hungarian water utility regulatory reform

Szalóki, Szilvia

Vice-President for Public Services, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, Hungary

14:30

Coffee break

15:00

Regulatory models: organisational and institutional options

Kerekes, Lajos

Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

16:00

Off-class assignment consultation

Participants
16:30

End of the day

TARIFF SETTING

9:00

Price regulation I: tariff setting

Kaderják, Péter

Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Price regulation II: special considerations

Törőcsik, Ágnes

Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:00

Hot topics: an interactive session

submitted by select participants before the workshop

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Exercise: tariff setting

Kotek, Péter

Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

15:00

End of the day

PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKING

9:00

Water utility benchmarking

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Case study: Performance monitoring in Portugal

Andrade, Isabel

Deputy Head of the Legal Department, Portuguese Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR), Portugal

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Overview of how benchmarking is used in economic regulation: principles, techniques and case studies

Parthasarathy, Srini

Senior Consultant, Oxera

14:30

Hands-on Group Work: Mimicking the regulatory benchmarking process

Parthasarathy, Srini

Senior Consultant, Oxera

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Hands-on Group Work: Mimicking the regulatory benchmarking process

Parthasarathy, Srini

Senior Consultant, Oxera

16:30

Wrap-up: Mimicking the regulatory benchmarking process

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Parthasarathy, Srini

Senior Consultant, Oxera

16:40

End of the day

NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND EMERGING ISSUES IN WATER UTILITY REGULATION

09:00

Emerging challenges within the water utility sector

Ungvári, Gábor

Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:00

Hot topics: an interactive session

submitted by select participants before the workshop

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Reducing water losses and improving service quality in the MENA region

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

11:40

Water trading game

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Final test

Participants
13:45

Group Work: Presentations of teamwork assignments

Participants

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Course Evaluation

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Group Photo

Signing the ERRA Alumni Book

Final Comments and Farewell

16:00

End of the day

Course Director

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary


Instructors

Andrade, Isabel

Deputy Head of the Legal Department, Portuguese Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR), Portugal

Joó, István

Ministerial Commissioner in charge of Water Diplomacy, Water Export and Danube Region Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Kaderják, Péter

Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Kerekes, Lajos

Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Kotek, Péter

Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Kovács, Károly

President, European Water Association (EWA), President, Hungarian Wastewater Association, Hungary

McGowan, Paul

Chairperson/Commissioner, Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland

Parthasarathy, Srini

Senior Consultant, Oxera

Szalóki, Szilvia

Vice-President for Public Services, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, Hungary

Törőcsik, Ágnes

Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Ungvári, Gábor

Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Please note that Training Materials are available only for registered participants and ERRA Members. Please LOGIN with your username and password.

Nr. Country First Name Last Name Organization Job Title
1Saudi ArabiaMESHARIALDALBAHIElectricity & Co-generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA)Engineering Specialist
2Saudi ArabiaEssamAl-AmmarElectricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA)Governor's Advisor
3Saudi ArabiaAbdulrahmanAlmohizaiElectricity & Co-generation Regulatory AuthorityDirector General Licensing & Legal Affairs
4Sierra LeoneBrimaBahSierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Economist
5Sierra LeoneSalieuBarrieSierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory CommissionHead of Finance
6Republic of IrelandAliceGreeneThe Commission for Energy RegulationGraduate Policy Analyst
7Sierra LeoneMohamedKargboSierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory CommissionHead of Water
8Republic of IrelandAshleighShaheenCommission for Energy Regulation (Ireland)Policy Analyst
9United Arab Emirateshamed abdullaalblooshiregulation & supernaion bureaulegal

 

Venue/ Accommodation

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: Zivatar u. 1-3., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax: +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1503038704oc@ta1503038704irate1503038704rcesb1503038704cye1503038704
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

Tuition fee includes: training materials, lunches, coffee breaks during the training course and a social programme.

Please be informed that 5 nights of accommodation at the course venue – European Youth Center (EYCB) can be added (November 12-17). Please note that EYCB has a dormitory type of accommodation, which means that there are no television and air conditioner in the rooms. Participants are accommodated in private rooms with private bathroom included. For more information please visit: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eycb/Conf_facil/photos_en.asp. In case you need extra nights for your stay, a separate form will be sent to you with the confirmation letter. Single room rate is € 65,50/night (including breakfast and VAT).

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Visa

Please verify the visa requirements of Hungary by contacting the Hungarian Embassy in your country. The list of diplomatic missions is available here: http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/missions. The list of countries whose citizens do not require visas to enter Hungary can be found at http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-waiver-agreements.

List of third countries, where a Schengen state issues visas on behalf of Hungary is available on this page: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-issuance-on-behalf-of-hungary.

In case you need an entry visa, please immediately contact the ERRA Secretariat! To prepare a visa invitation letter for you, please send us your passport copy. 


Airport Transfers/ Travel Information

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (formerly Ferihegy):

  • Located 16 kilometres (9,9 mi) east-southeast of the centre of Budapest
  • Central telephone number for information: +36 1 296 7000
  • http://www.bud.hu/english
  • The transfer time to/from the airport to the downtown is approximately 45-60 minutes (subject to traffic)

Shuttle bus

miniBUD (http://www.minibud.hu/) is the official airport shuttle service company providing fixed-priced transfer service between Budapest Airport – Budapest city center – Budapest Airport. The miniBUD airport shuttle service counters located on the arrivals level of Budapest Airport.

Rate to the EYCB:

  • one-way: HUF 3900 (approx. 12,5 EUR)
  • round trip: HUF 6900 (approx. 22 EUR)

Taxi from the Airport

There is an official airport taxi company (Főtaxi) available at the Arrival Hall of the Terminals. All Főtaxi cars are equipped with POS terminal, therefore passengers can pay with credit card as well. Reservations can be made in person at Főtaxi booths located at the exit at Terminal 2A and 2B. At the taxi rank in front of the stands taxis are parking continuously waiting for passengers.

Rates (for reference purposes only): around HUF 8500 (27 EUR) for one way.

Calling a Taxi in Budapest

Please find below the list of larger taxi companies in Budapest:

  • Taxi 2000: +36 1 200 0000
  • Citytaxi: +36 1 211 1111
  • Főtaxi: +36 1 222 2222
  • 6×6 Taxi: +36 1 666 6666

Public Transport

Budapest’s network of public transport services (BKK) includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, subway (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV).

For ticket prices and more information please visit the official website of BKK: http://www.bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/ 

Booklet in PDF with useful information is available here >>

Railway Stations

International trains operate from the three largest stations:

  • Keleti pályaudvar: VIII., Baross tér. Tel: (+36-1) 413 – 4610.
  • Nyugati pályaudvar: VI., Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
  • Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593

All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli is on the Red (Number 2) line, Keleti is on the Red (Number 2) and Green (Number 4) lines and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.

Official website of the Hungarian State Railways: https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en


General Information

Currency:      HUF (Hungarian Forint)
Currency Exchange Rates: http://www.mnb.hu/en/arfolyamok

Time zone:   UTC/GMT +1 hours

Electricity:   230 V/50 Hz (Europlug)

Dial Codes:   +36 –

Emergency Calls:    112 (ambulance, police and fire)

Smoking:   Smoking is not permitted in public places, dining and meeting facilities.

Weather:   http://www.meteoprog.hu/en/weather/Budapest/
http://koponyeg.hu/t/Budapest

Information on
Budapest:
  http://bebudapest.hu/
http://www.budapest.com/
https://www.budapestinfo.hu/home.html
http://www.funzine.hu/

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: 1-3 Zivatar Str., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1503038704oc@ta1503038704irate1503038704rcesb1503038704cye1503038704
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

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