In 2014, the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative created two working groups on Energy and ICT. The Energy Working Group is comprised of 1​2​ 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.

IEEE EPPC Working Group on Energy

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Jef Beerten Jef Beerten

Jef Beerten received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. In 2011, he was a visiting researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, for three months. From April 2014 until March 2015, he was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Currently, he is an assistant professor with KU Leuven and EnergyVille. His research interests include future power system dynamics, modeling, and control. Dr. Beerten is an active member of both the IEEE and CIGRE. Dr. Beerten was the first winner of the ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg in 2016 and received the KBVE/SRBE Robert Sinave Award and the Prix Paul Caseau from the Institut de France - EDF Foundation for his Ph.D. thesis on modeling and control of DC grids.

Matthias Berger Matthias Berger

Matthias Berger received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in 2006. He joined the High Voltage Laboratory of ETH Zurich (2006 – 2011) where his PhD was dedicated to modelling and optimization of multiple energy carrier systems and integration of distributed energy resources. Matthias has studied history and philosophy of knowledge (2008 – 2011) at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich. A PostDoc stay in Singapore (2011-2013) gave the connection to the ETH Department of Architecture. Currently Matthias is Senior Research Assistant with the Competence Center for Thermal Energy Storage at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Practical experiences include working as a project coordinator and scientific advisor at the Singapore-ETH Centre (2013 – ongoing), a senior project coordinator in Austria with the IIASA (2017), a project coordinator for Seed Sustainability in Zurich (2007 – 2008), and R&D engineer at EADS Space Transportation in Bremen and EADS Astrium in Friedrichshafen (2005 – 2006). His research focus is an interdisciplinary approach towards energy and sustainability.

Julian Barquin Julian Barquin

Julian Barquin is an IEEE Senior member. He obtained a degree in electrical engineering from Comillas University in 1988 and a degree in physics from UNED University in 1994. He finished his Ph.D. at Comillas University in 1993 on power system voltage stability. He has worked since July 2012 at the Regulatory Affairs Department in Endesa (Enel Group), providing advice on Spanish and European regulation. Previously he has been a professor at Comillas University. His professional activities have revolved around technical, economic, and regulatory analysis of energy systems. He is the author or coauthor of five books and more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has been a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Gérard-André Capolino Gérard-André Capolino

Gérard-André Capolino was born in Marseille, France. He received a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Marseille (ECM), Marseille in 1974, a M.Sc.  from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supelec), Paris, France, in 1975, a Ph.D. from the Aix-Marseille University (AUM), Marseille, in 1978, and a D.Sc. from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP), Grenoble, France, in 1987.

He had several faculty positions in Yaoundé, Cameroun, Le Creusot, France and Marseille, France. In 1994, he joined the University of Picardie “Jules Verne,” Amiens, France, as a Full Professor and was appointed Chair Professor in 2013. Since 1975, he has published more than 450 papers in scientific journals and conference Proceedings. He has been the principal investigator for more than 50 research contracts.

Dr. Capolino is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions On Power Electronics, of the IEEE Transactions On Industrial Electronics and of the IEEE Access. He is also the acting Chair for the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM).

During 2012–2013, he was the President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES). He is also a distinguished lecturer of IEEE-IES. He has been the recipient of the 2008 IEEE-IES Dr. Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, the 2010 ICEM Arthur Ellison Achievement Award, and the 2011 IEEE-PELS Diagnostics Achievement Award.

Antonio J. Marques Cardoso Antonio J.M. Cardoso

Antonio J. Marques Cardoso (S’89, A’95, SM’99) received the Dipl. Eng., Dr. Eng., and Habilitation degrees from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, in 1985, 1995, and 2008, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985 until 2011 he was with the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, where he was Director of the Electrical Machines Laboratory. Since 2011 he has been with the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal, where he is a Full Professor at the Department of Electromechanical Engineering and Director of CISE - Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre.

He was Vice-Rector of UBI (2013-2014). His current research interests are in fault diagnosis and fault tolerance in electrical machines, power electronics, and drives. He is the author of a book entitled "Fault Diagnosis in Three-Phase Induction Motors" (Coimbra, Portugal: Coimbra Editora, 1991) (in Portuguese), and more than 350 papers published in technical journals and conference proceedings. He serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and for the Springer International Journal of Systems Assurance Engineering and Management.

Ana Cigarán Romero Ana Cigarán Romero

Ana Cigarán Romero is an active member of the IEEE Germany Section, where she is Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering. She obtained a degree in electrical engineering from Comillas University (ICAI) in 2010, writing her thesis "Analysis of the Competitiveness Indicators in the Iberian Electricity market" in the Energy Management Direction of Iberdrola. Since 2011 she has been working at 50Hertz, the TSO in North-Eastern Germany, as an expert for European inter-TSO cooperation principles for system operation. She has actively participated in the development of the Regional Group Continental Europe Operation Handbook, the ENTSO-E System Operation Network Codes and the conception of inter-TSO system security processes within ENTSO-E and within the Regional Security Coordinators TSCNET and Coreso.

Giovanni Spagnuolo Giovanni Spagnuolo

Giovanni Spagnuolo received a M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Salerno (Italy) in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University "Federico II" of Naples in 1998. Since May 2016 he has been a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Salerno. Since 1 January 2016 he has been an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to control of photovoltaic systems.” He was in the 2015 Thomson Reuters list of Most Influential Minds, and 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 a member of the Steering Committee and editor for the topic “PV system control,” of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. Since January 2007 he has been serving as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 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 a co-author of five international patents, two books, and more than 60 papers published in international journals.

Dirk Van Hertem Dirk Van Hertem

Dirk Van Hertem graduated as a M.Eng. in 2001 from the KHK, Geel, Belgium and as a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2003. In 2009, he obtained his Ph.D., also from the KU Leuven. In 2010, Dirk Van Hertem was a member of EPS group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. Since spring 2011 he is back at the University of Leuven where he is an assistant professor in the ELECTA group. His special fields of interest are power system operation and control in systems with FACTS and HVDC and building the transmission system of the future, including offshore grids and the supergrid concept. He is an active member of both IEEE (PES and IAS) and Cigré. Dr. Van Hertem is the general chair of the IEEE EnergyCon 2016 conference, which will be held in Leuven.

Michal Wierzbowski Michal Wierzbowski

Michal Wierzbowski, Ph.D., EEng. was born in Lodz, Poland. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering with specializations in electrical power engineering and applied computer science from the Lodz University of Technology (TUL), in 2011. In 2013 he received his Ph.D. degree in electrical power engineering, defending with honours the dissertation titled “Optimization of distribution electrical networks in the modern power system”. Through his Ph.D. studies he developed an innovative market-based methodology of local balancing of the medium voltage distribution networks.

Since 2011, he has been a Lecturer and since 2014 a Senior Lecturer with the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering (IEPE) at TUL. At the IEPE, he manages the research group for the Energy Economics & System Modelling. Given to his knowledge and experience since 2014 he has been the chief specialist with the Department for Strategic Analyses at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, analysing the operation of energy sector and dealing with problems related to the energy sector regulations, policy and economics. Between 2013 and 2016, Dr. Wierzbowski was part of a team dealing with the 7FP EU Project COTEVOS, focused on the e-mobility development. In 2014 he was a member of the organizing committee of the International Conference of the European Energy Markets 2014. Currently he is a member of scientific committee of the mentioned conference.

His research interests include energy systems modelling, power system operation and expansion, energy markets and energy economics. Since 2013 he has been a member of IEEE, IEEE PES and Polish Association of Electrical Engineers.


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