IEEE EPPC Working Group on Energy
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.
IEEE EPPC Working Group on Energy
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.
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.
Graduate of the ENSEEIH Toulouse (France) in Electrical Engineering, Claire has been working for 37 years in Electricity Industries (EDF and the French Transmission System operator RTE), in technical and management fields: researcher in EDF R&D, project manager and head of functional and operational units in RTE, head of EDF Electrical Equipment Laboratories. She created and headed up the Storage of Energy Research Program at EDF before coming back to RTE in 2016 as deputy head of the National Center for Expertise for the Grid. Since February 2018, she has been a Senior Scientific Adviser, in charge of international technical cooperation, technical high level expertise and storage field. For 6 years, occupy operational and executive positions in different associations related to energy and storage.
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.
Dr. Emilio Gomez Lazaro (Male) is a Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain (M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain). He has been working at the UCLM for more than 15 years, where he holds the position of director of the Renewable Energy Research Institute. Previously, he was a researcher and a member of the teaching staff at other Spanish universities: the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Jaume I University in Castellón and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena.
As part of his research, he has been involved in more than 100 R&D projects and contracts for public and private institutions, for the most part as the leading researcher. In addition, he has published over 100 papers in ISI indexed peer-reviewed journals and over 200 contributions in books, book chapters and specialized conferences, and is co-inventor of 9 national and international patents. He has supervised 9 Ph.D. thesis and around 30 Master thesis.
Dr. Goméz Lázaro is a member of different IEEE Societies; a member of CIGRE, the Spanish representative on the IEA Wind Annex Task 25 on Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power, and participates as expert representing Spain in different international working groups for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). He has been active in the European Wind Energy Platform, TPWIND, as well as in Spanish Wind Energy Platform, REOLTEC. From June 2020, Emilio Gomez is the president of CTN 221 “Wind energy generation systems”, part of the Spanish Accreditation Body UNE, with almost 70 standards developed by this committee, and close related to IEC TC88. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has worked as editor and guest editor for various journals related to energy research.
Dr. Nick Papanikolaou is an Associate Professor at the ECE Department of Democritus University of Thrace (ECE-DUTH), Greece, in the field of Power Electronics and their applications in sustainable growth. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading major research projects in close cooperation with the Industrial Sector. He is a member of the editorial boards of various international scientific journals (Elsevier, Springer, MDPI) and the author of more than 100 papers (with μορε 2,000 citations).
Dr. Papanikolaou is a Senior Member, IEEE and he is included in the Stanford list of top 2% scientists (Electrical & Electronic Engineering field). He also serves as the Vice President and the Director of the M.Sc. & Ph.D. Programs of ECE-DUTH department.
Paolo Attilio Pegoraro received the M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degree in Telecommunication Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Padova, Padua, Italy, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. From 2015 to 2018 he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, where he is currently Associate Professor of Instrumentation and Measurement.
He has authored or co-authored over 140 scientific papers. His research interests include the development of new measurement techniques for modern power networks, with attention to synchronized measurements and state estimation.
Dr. Pegoraro is a member of IEEE IMS TC 39 (Measurements in Power Systems) and of IEC TC 38/WG 47. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. Dr. Pegoraro is the General Chair of the IEEE International Workshop on Applied Measurements for Power Systems (AMPS).
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.
Felipe Requejo Siguenza received a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1990 from Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. He has developed his career in the consulting business for the energy sector, helping companies in achieving their objectives in projects related to their business transformation (strategy, operations and technology/digital) of different areas: retail, energy management, asset management, and financial, procurement and corporate functions.
He has had top management roles: Deloitte Global Leader for Power, Utilities and Renewables sector (2012-2021), Managing Partner of Energy and Resources Industry in Deloitte Spain (2015-2022), member of the Board of Partners for Deloitte Spain (2013-2015), Managing Partner for Innovation in Deloitte Spain (2015-2022).
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.
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