In 2014, the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative created two working groups on Energy and ICT. The Energy Working Group is comprised of 12 leading electrical engineers from all walks of life, including academia and industry. The group meets virtually on a monthly basis and in person several times a year to develop technical policy statements and other documents (e.g., white papers, responses to consultations, etc.) on a wide range of issues with the aim of informing policy makers at the technical level on key topics in the energy realm.
Through this Working Group, European IEEE members are able to participate in peer-selected volunteer groups that develop public policy position statements and may engage in or organize policy-related events.
Constantine (Costas) Vournas is Professor Emeritus in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has published close to 200 papers in International Journals and Conferences and has co-authored the book “Voltage Stability of Electric Power Systems”. His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, stability, and control and include voltage stability and security analysis, wind generator integration in power systems, novel control applications in the distribution and transmission grid, as well as the effect of deregulation on power system operation and control. He is Fellow of IEEE since 2005, Life Fellow since 2019, member of CIGRE, Editor of Electric Power System Research International Journal. He was the recipient of the IEEE/PES Prabha Kundur Award for 2019. He was Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Tech Steering Committee (2007-2019), Region 8 Representative on the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board (2011-2014), and is the immediate Past Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee. Since 2021 he is Chair of the Energy WG of the IEEE European Public Policy Committee (EPPC).
Dr. Kenneth Bruninx is a senior postdoctoral researcher of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) in the Energy Systems Integration & Modeling Research Group at the KU Leuven and EnergyVille. Currently, he is actively involved the coordination and execution of several national research project, such as EPOC, BREGILAB and PROCURA. During his Ph.D. studies, he was engaged in the FP7 project E-highway2050. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Washington in 2015. Dr. Bruninx received the M.Sc. degree in Energy Engineering in 2011, the M.Sc. in Management in 2015 and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016, all from KU Leuven, Belgium. His research focusses on the modeling of energy systems and their link to energy policies and markets on the national and European level. He is a member of IEEE, CIGRE, IAEE, and INFORMS.
Massimo Guarnieri, electrical engineer, obtained his M.B.A. in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Science in 1987. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Padua (UNIPD). After working for over 20 years on thermonuclear energy research, he has focused his scientific interests on renewable energy, energy storage, and electric mobility. He is particularly involved in Redox Flow Batteries and in Fuel Cells, at experimental, numerical modeling, and design level. He founded the Electromagnetic Computation Laboratory and the Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory at UNIPD. Former president of the Degree Course in Electrical Engineering. Former teacher at the Italian National PhD School in Electrical Engineering "F. Gasparini". Former member of a number of managing boards of UNIPD. He promoted a number of agreements with foreign institutions (D, USA, J, RUS). He was or is the official representative of UNIPD in some scientific agencies which cooperate in planning the future scientific funding programs of the European Commission.
Andrej F. Gubina obtained his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, in 2002 where he was appointed Associate Professor in 2011 and where he heads the Laboratory for Energy Policy since 2007. In 2000, he was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the Energy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between 2002 and 2005, he headed the Risk Management Department at HSE d.o.o., Ljubljana. He coordinates a H2020 IA project COMPILE and has participated as the Principal Investigator in 14 others (FP6, FP7, IEE and H2020). His field of research encompasses Power System Economics and Deregulation, Production Planning under Open Electricity Market Conditions, Risk Management and Asset Management in EPS, Demand Side Management, Energy Efficiency of Demand and Renewable Energy Sources integration. He is a Senior Member of IEEE PES and Member of CIGRE JWG C1/C4.46, and the co-convener of the EU H2020 BRIDGE WG on Business Models.
Dr. Chavdar Ivanov has twenty years experience in transmission system operator business. He has M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical power engineering. Dr. Ivanov was working in the National Dispatching Center, Bulgaria, UCTE and ENTSO-E Secretariats in Brussels, TenneT TSO GmbH, Germany. For 10 years he was coordinating Common Information Model (CIM) activities within ENTSO-E. Currently he is Managing Director of gridDigIt. Dr. Ivanov is member of IEC TC57 and TC88 committees, senior member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, member of IEEE PES Power System Dynamics Performance Committee and member of UCAIug Board of Directors. His research interests include power system dynamics, modeling, control, and data exchange.
Jesper Jerlang is Standardization manager at Danfoss Drives A/S. His responsibilities include strategic management of Danfoss Drives’ standardization activities and Public/Industry Affairs with global coordination, participation in European industry organizations, and advocacy towards regulation related to energy efficiency, ecodesign, and circular economy. Furthermore, Jesper Jerlang is chairman of Danfoss Drives’ Product Compliance Board and member of Danfoss Drives’ business development team.
Jesper Jerlang has long time experience with standardization and public affairs from his position as Director Standardization in Danish Standards Association, the Danish national standardization organization and member of ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. Jesper Jerlang has been member of the board of ISO, CEN and CENELEC and member of the technical board of IEC. He has been very active in linking the European and international standardization to policy and regulation at both national and European level.
Jesper Jerlang also has experience as consultant in Ramboll and as teacher at three Danish universities.
Jesper Jerlang holds a Master’s in Environmental planning (Cand.techn.soc.) from Roskilde University and an Executive M.B.A from Copenhagen Business School.
Jesper is Danish citizen, married and has two grown-up children.
Antonello Monti received his M.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1989 and 1994 respectively. He started his career in Ansaldo Industria and then moved in 1995 to Politecnico di Milano as Assistant Professor. In 2000 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of South Carolina (USA) as Associate and then Full Professor. Since 2008 he is the director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System within the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Monti is author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers published in international Journals and in the proceedings of International conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal, Associate Editor of IEEE Electrification Magazine, Member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal SEGAN, and member of the founding board of the Springer Journal “Energy Informatics”. Dr. Monti is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award.
John Prousalidis was born in Athens (Greece) in 1968. He received his M.Sc. (1991) and PhD (1997) degrees from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In 2001 he joined the Academic Staff of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of NTUA in the scientific field of “Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering”, (currently Full Professor). He is the author/co-author of 4 books, about 100 papers, reviewer in IEEE, IET, Elsevier, and IMarEST journals. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, IEEE, IMarEST, member of the board of the Hellenic Joint Branch of RINA/IMarEST, and member of the Publication Supervisory Board of IMarEST Publications. Since April 2020 he is the vice-chairman of the IEEE Marine Power Systems Coordinating Committee (IEEE-MSCC). His scientific interests include ship electric propulsion, All Electric Ship, green ships, alternative fuels, cold ironing, smart ports, HVDC/HVAC submersible interconnections.
Josef Shaoul is Engineering Manager for Fenix Consulting Delft in The Netherlands, where he has been working for more than 20 years. Previously, he was Sen. Software Eng. at Resources Engineering Systems in Cambridge, MA, USA, developing the Fracpro system. Josef is involved in performing fracture engineering and reservoir engineering studies around the world. He holds S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Josef has co-authored more than 35 SPE papers, including four peer reviewed publications. He has been an SPE member since 1996.
Davor Škrlec, is a full professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, elected to a permanent position in 2012. IEEE member for 34 years and IEEE PES member for 31 year and hold several governance positions in Croatia Section. Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection in the period January-July 2012, in charge of the Directorate for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development. Member of the European Parliament for the 2014-2019 term associated to the Greens/EFA parliamentary group. During the term he was a member of the: ENVI, ITRE, REGI and TRAN Committees and member of the Delegation for relations with Canada. During his term of office, he was a member of the Extended Board of the European Forum on Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES), an active member of the European Energy Forum and a member of the Steering Committee of EU Energy Solutions. He was the rapporteur of the Green/EFA parliamentary group for the following important EU legislations: the "Circular Economy" legislative package, the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" legislative package, the EU space program, and the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund. He is professionally active in consulting of EU public policies in circular economy, environment, energy and space program, power system planning, smartgrids, distributed generation, and electromobility. Teaching activities at University are in the areas of sustainable development, environment, climate change, energy policies, and engineering/environmental economics.
Giovanni Spagnuolo received the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Salerno (Italy) in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University "Federico II" of Naples in 1998. Since May 2016 he is Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Salerno. Since 1 January 2016 he is IEEE Fellow “for contributions to control of photovoltaic systems”. He was in the 2015 Thomson Reuters list of Most Influential Minds. From 2012 to 2014 he chaired the Technical Committee on Renewable Energy Systems of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
Since January 2011 he has been serving as Member of the Steering Committee and Editor of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. From 2007 to 2019 he served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and, since January 2021, he is serving as Associate Editor of the Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society. He is the principal investigator of some industrial research projects and, for his University, of some FP7 and H2020 projects focused on photovoltaic systems, sustainable mobility and storage systems. He is co-author of five international patents, two books, and more than 70 papers published in international journals.