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MEDREG trained its members to define efficient, fair and sustainable energy tariffs
18-21 September 2018
Milan, Italy
A transparent, fair and affordable tariff structure is essential both to promote optimal short-term system usage and to guide efficient long-term demand-response. Sound gas and electricity tariffs convey clear information on responsibility in the incurred supply costs to the actors involved.
From 18 to 21 September 2018, 19 regulatory experts from Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and Turkey came to Milan to learn how to set energy tariffs, as part of MEDREG’s training and support activities to its members.

Watch our 5 minutes video capturing the atmosphere and the participants’ impression of the workshop.

In both regulated and liberalised systems, the design of gas and electricity rates is one the regulators’ major tasks, but not all of them have the knowledge and expertise required to undertake this complex and delicate mission. This 3-days training was designed to answer the various needs of the participating regulatory staff and empower them to define efficient, fair and sustainable tariffs once back in their regulator.

The training, organised by MEDREG for its members, combined practical exercises with thorough lectures given by regulatory experts from energy institutes, universities, consulting firms, the European Commission and regulatory authorities.

This tailor-made MEDREG in-house training defined the theoretical objectives that regulation should pursue in designing gas and electricity tariffs and introduced participants to several issues surrounding ratemaking both under liberalised and traditional markets. Participants explored the fundamentals of gas and electricity tariff design and its relation with the overall functioning of the energy markets. They also discussed the different costs that are reflected in access and integral tariffs for electricity and gas as well as the various structure and design for each type of tariff. Finally, the hot topics of subsidies to consumers and their impact on tariffs were analysed.
Based on the various tariffs methodologies they were introduced to, including EU and Eastern European ones, participants were asked to team-up in small groups to simulate a discussion between a transmission system operator and a regulator having to agree on how to modify a tariff.

Coordinating the work assignment, Alessandro Rubino, consultant at PwC, shared his enthusiasm regarding the positive impact of the training, stating “the results of the practical work was very encouraging”. He was confident that the participants would be able use the practical lessons and tools freshly gained at the training once back home. Watch Alessandro Rubino’s interview talking about the impact of the training.

On their side, the MEDREG participants expressed their satisfaction saying that they were looking forward putting into practice what they had learned, praising the thoroughness and high quality of the lectures. The training also enabled MEDREG members to make new friendships with fellow regulatory experts dealing with tariffs, giving them the opportunity to further exchange on good practices in the future beyond the workshop. Watch the participants sharing their impression about the training in these short interviews (1 - 2 - 3).

The 3-day training ended with a visit of the Italian gas Transmission System Operator SNAM based in Milan, making the most of the presence of participants, who came from all around the Mediterranean basin, in the Italian city.

For more information, visit our training page.

The photos of the trainings are available on Instagram #Medregtraining or Download the photo gallery

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