4th Training Course: Fundamentals of Water Utility Regulation

Program agenda

Water Utility Economics

9:30

Opening address and introductory round

Kis, András

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

09:45

Fundamentals of water utility economics

Kis, András

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

11:15

Coffee break with group photo

11:30

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

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Case Study: Multi-sector regulation in Estonia

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

14:30

Coffee break

15:00

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

Participants will be grouped and requested to work on the exercise after the classes.
15:30

End of the day

Principles and institutions of water utility regulation

9:00

Principles of economic regulation in the water sector

Kis, András

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

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Exercise: Tariff setting

Kotek, Péter

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

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Regulatory models: organisational and institutional options

Kerekes, Lajos

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

14:30

Coffee break

15:00

Case study: The regulatory reform of Hungary

Szalóki, Szilvia

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

16:00

End of the day

Tariff setting

9:00

Price regulation I: Tariff setting

Szabó, László

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

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Case study: the Irish Water Utility Regulatory Reform

Brien, Laura

Director of Water And Compliance, Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Ireland

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Price regulation II: Tariff structures

Törőcsik, Ágnes

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

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Case study: Tariff setting: Kosovo

Duraku, Vehbi

Analyst for assets and capital investments, Water Services Regulatory Authority, Kosovo

16:45

Off-class assignment consultation (optional)

17:30

End of the day

Performance benchmarking

9:00

Introduction to 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

Senior Water Regulation SpecialistPortugal

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Case study: European Benchmarking Cooperation

Dane, Peter

Managing Director, European Benchmarking Co-operation, The Netherlands

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Benchmarking exercise

Andrade, Isabel

Senior Water Regulation SpecialistPortugal

16:30

End of the day

New developments and emerging issues in water utility regulation

9:00

Regulatory challenges in emerging countries

Allaoui, Moez

Director, SONEDE (National Water Distribution Utility), Republic of Tunisia

10:30

Coffe break

11:00

Water markets and water trading game

Kis, András

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

12:00

Final test

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Group work: Presentation of teamwork assignments

Kis, András

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

14:30

Course evaluation, Group Photo, Signing the ERRA Alumni Book

15:00

End of the day