Education / ERRA Courses
Regulatory aspects of renewables 20134-8 of November, 2013 - Budapest

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 development on energy markets. These developments shape the future of energy markets and will most probably have lasting impacts on investments, technology choice 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 develop certification regimes for RES producers in order to promote the dispersion of renewable energy technologies.

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:

  • The policy and business context;
  • Technology and grid integration;
  • Support scheme design;
  • Other in-depth regulatory issues
  • A need for reforming grid regulation

22 regulators and industry experts attended to the course, mainly from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and CIS countries.

Detailed course programme