Course description

The seminar starts with an optional site visit to the Paks Nuclear Power Station on July 10. 

The ERRA Seminar for Newly Appointed Commissioners and Chairmen provides a structured and relaxed discussion of five outstanding topics highly relevant for newly appointed energy regulatory commissioners, presidents, chairmen and any senior level staff. Each session takes a morning/ afternoon of the course. The presenters of the session briefly introduce the major topics of the given issues; then participants are invited to present their own country-specific questions and problems which is be followed by informal discussion. (Most of the presenters are acting or former chairmen and commissioners of energy regulatory organizations.)

 

During the Seminar the following broad themes are addressed:

  • Optional Site Visit to Nuclear Power Plant
  • Role and functions of the Regulator
  • Restructuring the Electric Power Industries
  • Price Regulation in the Energy Sector
  • Regulatory Tools to Support Renewable Energy
  • Electricity Markets
  • Security of Supply
  • Privatisation Experiences

Visit to Paks Nuclear Power Plant

The program will feature a day-long visit of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant which has been generating electricity for more than 30 years. The plant will be extended with two new power units (each with the capacity of 1200MW by the late 2020s). The program will include presentation of the Visitors’ Centre followed by a guided tour of the Secondary System.

Seminar registration

ERRA Members:

€ 1,500 + 27% VAT(1)(2)

Non Members:

€ 1,900 + 27% VAT (1)(2)

(1) Registration fee includes lunches and coffee breaks during the seminar, but NOT includes accommodation expenses.

(2)ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

Important: Please note that the registration fee does not include hotel accommodation. Participants need to make their own hotel arrangements. ERRA made a block reservations at MERCURE BUDAPEST BUDA Hotel (address: Krisztina körút 41-43., 1013 Budapest, website: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1688-mercure-budapest-buda/index.shtml). The hotel is located within walking distance from the training venue. Single room rate is € 109/night (including breakfast, VAT and local tax). Any room reservations and payments should be settled directly with the hotel.

Seminar location

Budapest

Hungary

ERRA Secretariat Premises
Address: Logodi utca 44B., H-1012 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 477 0456

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Visit to Paks Nuclear Power Plant

The program will feature a day-long visit of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant which has been generating electricity for more than 30 years. The plant will be extended with two new power units (each with the capacity of 1200MW by the late 2020s). The program will include presentation of the Visitors’ Centre followed by a guided tour of the Secondary System.

Optional Site Visit to Nuclear Power Station

SESSION I: ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE REGULATOR

09:00

Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

Jankauskas, Vidmantas

Course Director; Professor, Vilnius Technical University, Lithuania

09:15

Authority, Autonomy and Accountability of the Regulator; Organisational, Structure and Management of a Regulatory Body, Commission Relations with other Government Organizations and License Holders

Jankauskas, Vidmantas

Course Director; Professor, Vilnius Technical University, Lithuania

10:15

Coffee Break

10:30

Authority, Autonomy and Accountability of the Regulator; Commission Relations with License Holders (Licensing, Monitoring, Enforcement, Data Collection)

Dr. Szörényi, Gábor

former ERRA Chairman and ERRA General Secretary, former Director of the Hungarian Energy Office (Regulator), Hungary

11:30

Technical break

11:35

The Changing Role of Regulators. New Priorities and Challenges, Implications of Innovation

Dr. Szörényi, Gábor

former ERRA Chairman and ERRA General Secretary, former Director of the Hungarian Energy Office (Regulator), Hungary

12:30

Lunch

SESSION II: PRICE REGULATION IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

13:30

Introduction to Energy Pricing and Tariff Setting: Economics of price regulation

Jankauskas, Vidmantas

Course Director; Professor, Vilnius Technical University, Lithuania

15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

Introduction to Energy Pricing and Tariff Setting cont’d: Price regulation alternatives; Social support schemes

Jankauskas, Vidmantas

Course Director; Professor, Vilnius Technical University, Lithuania

SESSION III: REGULATORY TOOLS TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY

09:00

Regulatory Roles in Renewable Support Schemes and Development

Szabó, László

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

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Country Presentations on Main problems faced by regulators

• By participants
12:00

Lunch

SESSION IV: RESTRUCTURING THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRIES

13:30

Restructuring the Power Industries, Market Liberalization, Integration and Related Regulatory Issues

Finger, Matthias

Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland

18:00

Social Program

SESSION V: SECURITY OF SUPPLY. PRIVATISATION EXPERIENCES

09:00

Competitive Electricity Systems: Wholesale and Retails Markets; Market Power

Irklis, Rolands

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia; ERRA Presidium Member

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Security of Supply

Finger, Matthias

Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Supporting Competition on Concentrated Markets: Concept of Significant Market Power Regulation (Hungarian Case Study)

Dr. Szörényi, Gábor

former ERRA Chairman and ERRA General Secretary, former Director of the Hungarian Energy Office (Regulator), Hungary

14:00

The Consumer Aspect of Regulation: Consumer Rights, Complaints

Dr. Szörényi, Gábor

former ERRA Chairman and ERRA General Secretary, former Director of the Hungarian Energy Office (Regulator), Hungary

14:45

Q&A Session; Summary of the Discussions Final Comments and Farewell

Dr. Szörényi, Gábor

former ERRA Chairman and ERRA General Secretary, former Director of the Hungarian Energy Office (Regulator), Hungary

Finger, Matthias

Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland

Irklis, Rolands

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia; ERRA Presidium Member

Jankauskas, Vidmantas

Course Director; Professor, Vilnius Technical University, Lithuania

Szabó, László

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

Please note that Training Materials are available only for registered participants (who fully paid the tuition fee) and ERRA Members. Please LOGIN with your username and password.

Nr. Country First Name Last Name Organization Job Title
1MacedoniaEnverElmaziEnergy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of MacedoniaCommissioner
2GeorgiaMaiaMelikidzeGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory CommissionCommissioner
3GeorgiaDavitNarmaniaGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory CommissionCommissioner
4MacedoniaPancheOrcevEnergy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of MacedoniaCommissioner
5Bosnia and HerzegovinaMileSrdanovicRegulatory Commission for Energy in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FERK)Commissioner
6BulgariaPenkaTrendafilovaEnergy and Water Regulatory Commission, BulgariaMember of Commission
7SeychellesColin, RalphVelSeychelles Energy CommissionPrincipal Officer - Engineering and technical Affairs

Venue/ Accommodation

Venue:

ERRA Secretariat Premises
Address: Logodi utca 44B., H-1012 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 477 0456

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

Accommodation information

Important: Please note that the registration fee does not include hotel accommodation. Participants need to make their own hotel arrangements. ERRA made a block reservations at MERCURE BUDAPEST BUDA Hotel (address: Krisztina körút 41-43., 1013 Budapest, website: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1688-mercure-budapest-buda/index.shtml). The hotel is located within walking distance from the training venue. Single room rate is € 109/night (including breakfast, VAT and local tax). Any room reservations and payments should be settled directly with the hotel.


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 4400 (approx. 15,71 EUR)
  • round trip: HUF 7900 (approx. 28,21EUR)

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/

Seminar location

Budapest

Hungary

ERRA Secretariat Premises
Address: Logodi utca 44B., H-1012 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 477 0456

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