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Energy Poverty. Who is left behind by energy transition?

  • Fechas:

    Del 24/09/19 al 24/09/19

  • Lugar:

    AULA P. PEREZ DEL PULGAR, Alberto Aguilera 25, ETSI-ICAI, Madrid, España (mapa)

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Our society, and specifically the European Union, is making a big effort in order to facilitate the path from a fossil-fuel based energy production system to a low-carbon and renewable sources based one. Nevertheless, the impact of this transition on consumers with low income and the situation of households that cannot afford the energy expenses required as a basic need are often forgotten. In this talk, we will explain how the concept of energy poverty tries to make this problem visible, how it is measured and the actions that can be taken to fight this social problem. In this context, it will be also presented the Chair on Energy and Poverty of Comillas University, including its participation in the recently published Spanish national strategy against energy poverty.

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Efraim Centeno is a research and teaching professional with more than twenty five years of experience in the fields of Electric Power Systems and Electricity Markets Technical and Economic Analysis. He is currently director of the chair on energy and poverty at the Comillas Pontifical University. He is Electronics Engineer (ICAI), Research Techniques Specialist and PhD at Comillas Pontifical University. He was Associate Professor at Carlos III University (Madrid) and has made stays in France (EDF, Clamart, Paris), Argentina (Universidad de La Plata), United Kingdom (Cambridge University) and USA (Berkeley University). He is full professor at the Department of Electric Engineering of ICAI. He was Director of the Institute for Research in Technology of ICAI (Comillas Pontifical University) from 2010 to 2016.  

José Carlos Romero is researcher at the Institute for Research in Technology within the Comillas Pontifical University,  where, in addition to his research activity, he teaches Sustainable Development. He graduated in Industrial Engineering at the University of Málaga and obtained a Master in Engineering Systems Research and a PhD on sustainable energy systems from Comillas University. Throughout his career, he has participated in research and consultancy projects related to energy sustainability indicators at urban, regional and national levels; the adaptation of the energy system to climate change; the technical-economic analysis of energy poverty and the development of future energy scenarios. He has been a visiting researcher at the Environmental Sustainability Institute at Loyola University in Chicago.

Roberto Barrella is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), within Comillas Pontifical University, where he is investigating energy poverty within the area of Energy Systems Modeling. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Energy Engineering in 2015 and a Master's degree in Energy Engineering in 2018, both from Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. He developed his master's thesis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He currently works as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), in the area of Energy Systems Modeling. His research and teaching activity is carried out in the area of the Chair of Energy and Poverty.


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