Regulation of Infrastructure to Support the Energy Transition

What are the main challenges in decarbonisation and the regulation of energy infrastructure? How to regulate and plan it to better support the energy transition? Join our tailor-made 3-day online course to gain expertise on these subjects. 

11-12-13 June 2024, Brussels
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Benefits of the Course

Increase your understanding of the main challenges in decarbonisation and energy infrastructure regulation to boost the energy transition.

Who should

This course is designed for experts from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) who wish to improve their expertise and exchange experiences. Other experts from European Institutions (ACER, European Commission) are also invited to attend.

Valuable insights

In-depth discussions during the course will cover:

  • Key infrastructure challenges hindering the energy transition.
  • Case studies on different tariff-setting methodologies.
  • Strategies for achieving optimal infrastructure planning at the systemic level.
  • Approaches to address emerging challenges, such as the development of the hydrogen sector.

Key take-aways

Participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • The main challenges encountered by regulators in infrastructure regulation.
  • Practical examples of tariff- setting to support the energy transition.
  • Strategies for achieving a more integrated approach to network planning.
  • Key aspects of the relationship between TSOs and DSOs.
  • The latest European developments regarding gas decarbonisation.

Practical Info

What's included?

  • CEER Academy Certificate 
  • Real life case studies
  • Hands-on assignments and access to rich materials and workshop presentations
  • Access to rich materials
  • Group work activities

Fees & Details

  • Format: Online
  • Preparation hours: 6
  • Days of training: 3 half days
  • Training hours: 12
  • LEVEL: B
  • Course fees:
    €600 or 1.25 training credits for members;
    €960 for non-members
  • Language: English
  • Scholarship and reduced fees (see conditions)
  • Cancellation policy (see conditions)


Zoom meetings
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Registration Deadline

31 May 2024

Course Context

Course Context

Course Context

Course Context

Course Context

Course Context

Course Context

Decarbonisation is one of the core priorities for Europe’s energy sector, alongside maintaining security of supply, affordability for consumers and business competitiveness. The European Green Deal sets ambitious targets that require significant developments in energy infrastructure, not only in terms of new investments but also in how networks are operated and managed. Energy businesses are facing increasing pressure for integration, both horizontally across sectors and vertically within different segments of the value chain.

Regulators, too, are facing several challenges. While the current regulatory framework was designed to maximise the efficiency of the electricity and gas sectors and promote market integration under relatively stable conditions, it must now adapt to an industry undergoing profound changes. Additionally, with new EU legislation on the gas market, regulators will also be tasked with overseeing the hydrogen sector.

In supporting the energy transition, regulators must make a broad range of choices. Renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen blended into the existing gas grid, require access to the wholesale market while gas quality in the grid must be maintained. When a decrease in gas demand decreases, regulators must decide on existing gas networks over the best choice between repurposing, decommissioning, reinvestment and asset lifetime extensions. Significant changes are occurring at the distribution level: DSOs are exploring new activities and regulators must understand these changes and consider where regulation may be necessary. In summary, a more integrated approach to investment planning is needed to ensure system adequacy while delivering the most cost-efficient solutions. Regulation of the hydrogen sector must enable sufficient flexibility and subsidiarity to encourage innovation and address the diversity of energy mixes across Europe.

Course Outline

This tailored three half-day CEER training programme aims to equip energy regulators with essential expertise. It will cover the fundamental principles and future direction of energy infrastructure regulation, with a focus on regulatory decisions supporting the energy transition.

This will include specific examples from countries across Europe and address provisions on hydrogen infrastructure regulation in the revised EU legislation affecting the gas market.

All sessions will allow time for Q&As, discussions and exchanges with trainers and other participants.

Training Programme

Week 1: 3-7 June 2024
Individual preparation for the course including literature review, reading materials and preparation of course work.

Week 2

Class 1 – 9:30-13:00 (CET) ON 11 JUNE 2024
The session will cover the main challenges of decarbonisation and energy infrastructure regulation. It will include some practical issues in regulating energy infrastructure to support the energy transition.

Class 2 – 9:30-13:00 (CET) ON 12 JUNE 2024
The session will focus on the challenges for the electricity and gas sectors, both at TSO and DSO level, including case studies.

Class 3 – 9:00-13:30 (CET) ON 13 JUNE 2024
The session will investigate specific features of integrated infrastructure planning and will delve deeper into infrastructure regulation in the EU’s Decarbonisation Package.


Marco La Cognata serves as infrastructure officer at the Italian Energy Regulator (ARERA) and is an expert in tariff setting for infrastructure operators and the evaluation of national development plans. He is a member of the ACER task forces on transmission tariffs for gas and on gas infrastructures, and also serves as co-chair of the CEER group of experts where he helps develop regulators’ positions on the Gas Decarbonisation Package. From 2013 to 2017, Marco La Cognata held the position of assistant lecturer in Market, competition and regulation at Università Cattolica of Milan. He previously worked as a researcher and consultant on regulatory issues. Marco La Cognata obtained his MSc in Economics in 2009 at Università Cattolica of Milan and an MSc in Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Jorge Vasconcelos

The first chairman of the Portuguese Energy Regulatory Authority from 1996 to 2006, Jorge Vasconcelosco is also the founder, first chairman (2000-2005) and an honorary member of CEER. Additionally, he founded and was member of the executive committee of the Florence School of Regulation in 2003. Since 2007, he has chaired New Energy Solutions (NEWES) and has been an invited professor at the Technical University of Lisbon in the special programme MIT/Portugal on Sustainable Energy Systems.
Patrick Jones - Course author

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