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Classroom Instructor-Led Course
Professional Development Credit Hours
There is no pre-requisite for this course.


Nigel Harris is a director and principal consultant at Kingston Energy Consulting, which he founded with Mary Jackson in 2002. He has been helping energy traders to analyse and understand the markets for over 25 years, initially as a developer of market analysis software systems, and more recently as a consultant. At Kingston Energy Consulting, his main focus is on providing education and information transfer to participants in the energy trading business, through instructor-led classroom training, web-based training development, research projects, workshops, briefings and research-based report writing. In his work with Mennta Energy Solutions, he has created a library of new instructor-led and web-based courses on European gas and power markets and trading. In 2005, he worked with Mary Jackson to develop the popular Oil Trading Orientation course, which has since been presented at venues all over the world. He has also extensively revised and updated many existing courses on derivatives, hedging and risk management.   He regularly presents this material both at public venues and as in-house, often customised, courses. He is co-author of a series of highly regarded reports on European natural gas trading and has also contributed to reports on power markets and oil trading. In previous roles, he was a key member of the team that initially designed and developed Saladin 's innovative Petroleum Analysis Workstation, a system that became an industry standard for historical price analysis during the 1990s and remained in use in the industry for two decades. During this period, he worked closely and extensively with oil and gas traders around the world to understand their information and analytical requirements. He also spent some years as an independent consultant, working mainly with software and information providers to help them better understand the oil and gas trading sectors.


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Overview of European Electric Power Markets (CLASSROOM) - EEP

Course Summary

This introductory course gives an overview of the electric power industry and power trading markets in Europe. Those who attend will learn the basics of how electricity is generated and transmitted, and the fundamentals of electricity supply and demand in Europe. The course also addresses the trading of electricity in liberalised markets and the design of electricity markets, including exchange-based and over-the-counter trading and balancing mechanisms. Specific aspects of key markets, including the French, German, Nordic and UK markets, are covered.

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for any individual new to the electric power industry or an existing participant who needs to understand the basics of the operation of their business. It also provides an excellent overview for individuals who work in financial or consulting roles and have an interest in the electricity trading markets.

Course Content

  • Characteristics of electric power
  • Power generation
  • Electricity transmission
  • Uses of electricity
  • European electricity demand
  • European generation capacity and fuel mix
  • Electricity market liberalisation and EU market legislation
  • Principles of power market design
  • Balancing mechanisms
  • Power trading and trading instruments
  • Nordic power market
  • German/Austrian power market
  • French power market
  • UK power market
  • European power industry trends and outlook

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