Training for the Energy Transition: Economics and Policy

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In a context of increasing warnings about the need to accelerate the energy transition, there is now a wide consensus regarding the need to reduce carbon emissions, promote renewables, and improve energy efficiency. The need to strengthen decarbonization efforts has become ever more urgent and the central role given to the energy transition by the economic recovery plans makes the analysis of energy and climate policies more relevant than ever before. Adding to these factors, energy prices have broken all-time records during the year 2022.

BSE Course: “The Energy Transition: Economics and Policy”

Different policy decisions differ in their impact on cost/energy efficiency, on their effectiveness or feasibility, or the necessary infrastructure and logistics considerations, among other aspects. The complex interplay of the factors involved in materializing the energy transition entails that finding the optimal policy choices and market design decisions is neither easy nor straightforward.

The BSE course “The Energy Transition: Economics and Policy”, which took place on 19-20 May, addressed the previous considerations, aiming at helping the involved actors take the best decisions for attaining the energy transition goals. The course provided participants with a deep understanding of the most recent economic insights to analyze the performance of actual and potential energy and climate policies. The course also addressed competition policy and market design issues that are likely to arise during the energy transition.

Participants from nine countries were represented in this edition. Samantha Catalina Guerrero, who works as an analyst at Frontier Economics, shared her experience: “The course was beyond my expectations. The professors are at the forefront of the energy sector and the related policy, and the sessions were extremely well planned. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge in the Economics of the energy sector.”

The program’s faculty featured leading international scholars and practitioners with extensive experience in the application of economic techniques for designing and assessing the performance of energy and climate policies.

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