The course aims to provide participants with the necessary understanding on how to structure regulation for energy storage across different power markets. It covers energy storage in its multiple forms, with a technology-neutral approach when it comes to regulatory recommendations around storage. It provides participants with the necessary understanding of energy storage technologies both at utility and residential levels, and with the ability to consequently define regulatory measures that ensure energy storage in its multiple forms can be deployed in the power market, and benefit consumers across multiple dimensions, at either wholesale power market level, or at the level of ancillary services to the power grid.
Participants will consequently gain the understanding of the regulation and tools to either structure or modify regulatory frameworks to ensure energy storage can be effectively deployed, or to assess regulatory regimes in order to understand whether or not a regulatory framework is fit for energy storage. The course is therefore aimed at professionals working in and around energy regulators, as well as those interested in understanding how a regulatory regime can affect the deployment of energy storage.
The first week in the course sets the scene on energy storage and its role in the power system. It defines at what level in the power system energy storage can be embedded from distribution to transmission level. It also defines the economics and business models behind energy storage today, and the characteristics of power systems that make energy storage suitable for them. It further defines the two areas of regulation that need to be assessed in order to define a proper regulatory framework for energy storage: power market design and power grid regulation.
The second week guides participants across the design of energy storage regulation across wholesale as well as ancillary power markets, with the aim to define what regulatory measures should be put in place in order to foster energy storage in these markets. It also covers other aspects of regulation such as energy taxes and support to RES that have an impact on energy storage activities.
The third week of the course covers the regulatory measures needed at the grid level to support the deployment of energy storage, and the regulatory regime around grid operators in their relationship with energy storage. It concludes by providing an overview of energy storage market trends across Europe, USA and Australia and the respective regulatory approaches.
Cristiano Francese has more than 10 years of work experience in the energy business. Throughout his career, he worked across regulatory and policy development, as well as commercial and business development activities. He worked closely in multiple functions with a variety of organisations from major corporations to governments and energy regulatory agencies. He supported their commercial development, business model evolution, project development, regulatory analysis among many other areas of their business. His career transitioned from working on natural gas to renewable energy and green gasses. Some of the key projects he contributed to testify this transition, as they include the Trans Adriatic Pipeline commercial strategy and development of commercial agreements, consulting assignments for the transformation of business models of natural gas grid operators towards green gasses, and lately the closure of renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Google in Spain, as well as previous renewable energy PPAs. His training activities reflect his energy transition expertises, covering key topics of such transition, including, among others, green hydrogen business models, policy and regulation, hydrogen projects and contract structures, business models around EVs, flexibility services for the power grid.
The training is based on a self-paced collaborative e-learning platform that features a combination of real-time interactive presentations by the instructors, online tutoring at pre-announced times, reading material related to the course modules and weekly assignments.
The course will run for 3 weeks with the following weekly sequence:
Real-time presentations on the presented materials. Presentations will be followed by Q&A sessions. Presentations will be recorded and made available to those who could not join the real-time presentations.