ERRA Summer School: Introduction to Energy Regulation


Economic, legal, technical and financial skills are central to the administrative and economic regulation of the public utilities. Professional development in energy regulation requires a working knowledge of regulatory economics, an understanding of policy impacts and the ability to navigate national policy processes, and effective agency management of the legal and organizational processes necessary for adequate “due-process” protection in regulatory activities.

ERRA realized the importance of training in order to promote better regulatory practices in member countries as well as across the region as specific regional markets develop and started its first in-house training program in 2003.

Objective of the Course:

This 5-day training course will be organised into thematic modules focusing on the hottest issues of energy sector regulation. The training program combines “classic” regulation under the traditional vertically integrated industry structure with up-to-date issues of regulation in developing a competitive industry environment. The prime objective of the course is to provide basic technical, economic and legal regulatory skills that are needed to design and manage successful regulatory systems for the energy industry.


During the course the following broad themes were discussed:

  • Role and Functions of the Regulator
  • Monopoly Regulation
  • Competition and Regulation in Electricity and Gas
  • Monitoring and Customer Protection
  • Renewable Energy and Supply Security Related Regulatory Issues


Course Faculty Team:

  • Péter KADERJÁK – Course Director; Director, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary
  • Jacques DE JONG – Senior Fellow Clingendael International Energy Program, Hague, The Netherlands
  • Lion HIRTH – Director, Neon neue energieökonomik, Germany
  • Anders Plejdrup HOUMOLLER – CEO, Houmoller Consulting ApS, Denmark
  • Diana KORSAKAITE – former Chair of National Commission for Energy Control and Prices (NCC), Lithuania
  • Péter KOTEK – Research Associate, REKK, Hungary
  • Caterina MIRIELLO – Post Doc Research Fellow IEFE – Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, Department of Economics, Bocconi University, Italy


The Course was attended by 24 participants from the following countries: Belgium, Botswana, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania.


During the Course ERRA presented its first real-time training webcast featuring Dr. Péter Kaderják’s opening presentation on the Theory and Principles of Regulation on July 6, 2015. The video is available here: