ERRA Training Course: Renewable Energy Regulation


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.

Course Objective:

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:

  • Day#1: Renewable Energy Regulation: The Policy Context
  • Day#2: Economics of Renewable Support Schemes
  • Day#3: Regulatory Tasks in RES-E Deployment
  • Day#4: System Impacts of Higher RES-E Deployment
  • Day#5: Selected Country Case Studies on RES-E Regulation

Course Faculty Team:

  • László SZABÓ – Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary
  • Attila BAGI – Head of Department, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA), Hungary
  • Mária BARTEK-LESI – Research Associate, REKK, Hungary
  • Péter KOTEK – Senior Research Associate, REKK, Hungary
  • Zsuzsanna PATÓ – Senior Research Associate, REKK, Hungary
  • Yvonne FINGER – RES Team Member, German Regulatory Authority (Bundesnetzagentur), Germany
  • Fatih KÖLMEK – Group Head, Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkey
  • Maria VAGLIASINDI – Lead Economist, World Bank
  • Dennis VOLK – Programme Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


The Course was attended by 20 participants from the following countries: Hungary, Lithuania, Mali, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.




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