Decarbonizing the Mediterranean energy system through electrification

GSEP, ONÉE and the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) held a joint webinar on October 25, 2021.

The Mediterranean energy system must undergo a fundamental restructuring and reshaping to provide the necessary level of decarbonization, which would create challenges but would also provide various opportunities both in the Southern and Northern regions. Widespread electrification of end uses can significantly aid decarbonization efforts in the region. This is the opportunity to rethink power systems and develop and foster synergies and partnerships to help businesses, customers and local communities capture the benefits of electrification, all while ensuring electricity is cleaner, efficient, flexible, reliable, and affordable.

About the speakers

Lisa Guarrera

Director of Monitoring and Modeling Division, OME

Lisa Guarrera joined the OME in 2005 and is currently the Director of Monitoring and Modeling Division. As such Ms. Guarrera oversees OME’s work on historical data, outlooks and forecasts and is in charge of overall consistency of modelling work and resulting messages.

Ms. Guarrera is also in charge of producing the Mediterranean Energy Perspectives, OME’s flagship publication. The Division produces medium to long term energy demand, efficiency, power generation, renewables and environmental analysis for the Mediterranean Energy Perspectives and other publications. She also conducts analysis on various energy topics such as energy efficiency, energy security, carbon emissions, energy transition, electrification and hydrogen.

Prior to joining the OME in 2005, she worked at the International Energy Agency as an energy analyst for the Economic Analysis Division contributing to five editions of the World Energy Outlook. Lisa Guarrera holds a Post Graduate degree in international economics (majors: macroeconomics and economic development) and a masters in management studies (majors: finance and tax law) from the University IX of Paris Dauphine.

Adriana Paez

Senior Advisor - Electrification, GSEP

Adriana Paez joined the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) in 2010. In her role as Senior Advisor, Electrification, she oversees GSEP's research on electrification of end uses. With over 11 years working in sustainable energy, her work currently focuses on following and explaining the spread and pace of end-use electrification across sectors, showing where the bottlenecks lie and identifying the unlocks to accelerate the energy transition. Adriana also has extensive experience in building and maintaining multi-stakeholder partnerships in the energy sector. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Economics. 

Successfully Launching the Electrification of Urban Transportation: Pilot Projects in Morocco and Peru

Sustainable mobility is at the heart of cities’ development and takes an increasingly large role in national action plans against climate change. Although solutions such as electric subways and tramways have existed for a while, applications for road transport (buses, cars) are more recent and almost absent in Africa. Undertaking in-depth feasibility studies and implementing properly defined pilot projects are essential for large-scale electrification of road transportation.

L’Office national de l’électricité et de l’eau potable (ONÉE) has recently launched a study roadmapping the development of electric mobility in Morocco. In Peru, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) and its partners implemented an electric bus pilot project aiming at better understanding the viability of such a project and evaluating its large-scale replicability potential.

What regulatory and tariff aspects must be taken into consideration when developing a national plan for electric mobility? What role can utilities such as ONÉE play in implementing electric mobility? What are the technical conditions essential to successfully leading an electric bus pilot project? What type of expertise and training must be provided to operators? These are a few of the questions are addressed in this webinar.

The expert speakers for this webinar are:

  •  Ali Elamine Fechtali, ONEE
    Feasibility of electric mobility in Morocco
  • Naeem Farooqi, GSEP
    What practical aspects must be taken into consideration to develop a successful electric bus pilot project?
  • Luis Calzado, Senior Project Advisor, GSEP
    The Lima E-Bus Pilot Project  

This webinar was organized by the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD).


The Future of Remotization in the Electric Power Industry

Climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a great concern shared by most organizations in the world today. Electric utilities are not blind to this reality as they are a major player in the expected shift from today’s carbon-based economy towards a green and sustainable carbon-free economy.

Electric utilities will need to adapt and take advantage of new technologies in order to play the critical role they are expected to. Remotization and reliance on various new digital technologies are seen as strategic imperatives that will greatly contribute to the adaptation of utilities to new economic realities and constraints.

This webinar aims to present the opportunities provided by the deployment of remotization technologies in the electric utility business. The webinar covered:

  • Drivers to change based on current and future context of utilities
  • Potential applications and expected benefits
  • Use cases showcasing how remotization is already a reality in many applications.
  • Drivers and barriers for the adoption of these technologies
  • Review of the ecosystem needed to overcome challenges in technology development and deployment

About the speakers

Eric Dumont

Senior advisor – Technological vision at Hydro-Québec research institute.

Professional Engineer, he holds a bachelor and a Master’s degree in Applied Sciences from the University of Sherbrooke. In more than 25 years with Hydro-Québec, he has worked as researcher and research manager, he wrote more than 25 research reports, mainly in the field of energy end-uses. Being involved in both electric utility core business and end-uses, he developed a large vision of what could be the electric power system of tomorrow.

Matthieu Montfrond

Research engineer in the Robotic group at Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute (CRHQ).

He obtained a diploma in mechanical systems engineering from the Compiègne University of Technology in France, in 1998. Since then, he has been employed at Hydro-Québec, where he worked on the development of diverse inspection systems. He specializes in mechanical conception, kinematic simulation and project management. He is currently leading the Research Institute drone projects and has recently developed a drone capable of landing and rolling on energized conductor up to 315kV to deploy CRHQ contact probes

Sergio Gambacorta

Sergio Gambacorta, Head of Smart City, Innovability, Enel X

Innovation Manager with 15+ years of experience in ideation, design and development of digital solutions. Since 2017 he’s in charge of Enel X Smart City Innovation Competence Center – with main responsibilities liked to smart city technological scouting & new products set-up and validation. He has previously covered Innovation roles in OTT and Telco multinational companies and Public Organizations. Since 2014 he has been appointed in the Independent Expert Panel for Smart City & Digital Innovation areas by the European Commission and by European Innovation Technology (EIT). His areas of expertise include Smart Cities solution design, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, Public Lighting remote control & digital systems, Communication and Information Technologies Program Management.

Matteo Cantu

Chemical engineer, joined Enel in 2007.

He is currently leading Industry 4.0 Innovation inside Enel Global Power Generation, scouting and developing solutions in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Robotics, Sensors and IoT to increase competitiveness, safety and sustainability of Enel power generation assets, from construction to end of life. He is also in charge of Innovation on Thermal Generation assets at global scale, main projects being in the field of advanced diagnostics, efficiency and flexibility. His areas of expertise include ancillary services and power systems regulation, modelling of power system, diagnostics systems for operational efficiency, anomaly detection and early fault detection, robotics & artificial intelligence.

Brady Johnson

Manager of the Transmission System and Asset Monitoring team at American Electric Power (AEP).

He obtained a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology in 2005 from DeVry University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2015 from The University of Toledo. He was a Research and Development Engineer on thin-film solar cell technology before joining AEP in 2016. Since then, his focus on the Transmission System and Asset Monitoring team has been primarily surrounding the deployment and analysis of Transformer and Reactor Monitoring equipment and its data.

Electric Mobility in Peru: The Path Forward

Translation available in English and Spanish.

After two years of operation of the Lima E-Bus, GSEP unveils the results of the replicability study of this project aiming to pave the way for local authorities to deploy large-scale electrification of public transit in Peru. The custom-made electric bus, which has been the first to operate daily in one of the corridors of the city of Lima, has collected the necessary data to lay the foundations for an effective integration of electric vehicles and implementation of charging infrastructure.

What concrete environmental benefits can be achieved with the switch from diesel or CNG to electric buses? What implications are there in terms of costs for transport authorities, bus operators and passengers? What key aspects and conditions need to be evaluated to ensure the successful development and implementation of electric mobility? GSEP and its partners Enel X and Hydro-Québec will guide you through this pilot project’s lessons learned for Peru and the rest of the world.

Second life batteries: Enabling sustainability for electric mobility

Date: April 27, 2021

Presented by:

Pasquale Salza, Head of Long Duration Storage & Hybrid Systems, Enel Global Power Generation

Kamayab Amouzegbar, Senior Reseacher, Hydro-Québec

Duration: 60


GSEP hosted a webinar to present the outcomes of the white paper on second life batteries recently launched by GSEP’s Technological Commmnunity on storage. 

The optimization of batteries’ life cycle is essential to ensure a sustainable future for electric mobility, and synergies between utilities and the EV sector must be developed in order to achieve a circular life cycle for EV batteries.

This webinar was presented by experts from GSEP member companies Enel and Hydro-Québec who shared experiences on second life battery projects and defined the enabling factors, limits and technical challenges to the integration of second life batteries.

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English | French | Spanish

About the speakers

Pasquale Salza

Head of Long Duration Storage & Hybrid Systems of the Innovation department of Enel Global Power Generation.

Energy Engineer by Università di Pisa (Italy). He has 10 years experience in energy sector. He has started his career as maintenance engineer, then he has developed as project engineer projects related to energy efficiency, mini grids and energy storage. Now he’s leading an innovation team focused on energy storage, hybrid systems and hydrogen.

Kamayab Amouzegbar

Senior researcher at Hydro-Québec’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage (CETEES).

He worked as scientist at Hydro-Quebec research institute, IREQ, on the development and scale up of several innovative and patented electrochemical and chemical processes between 1995 and 2001. He worked as VP of Technology at SAM Electron Technologies (a spin-off from the HQ Cerium oxidation electrochemical process applied to the production of vitamin K) as well as Director of R&D and Head of Innovation at Lonza, a multinational pharmaceutical company before joining the CETEES in 2015. He studied pharmacy at the Complutense University in Madrid and completed his Master’s degree and his Ph.D. at École Polytechnique of Montreal in electrochemistry (electrocatalysis). He has more than 25 years of experience in R&D, scale up and commercial operation of electrochemical processes. The main focus of his current activities is on the development of lithium batteries materials as well as recycling of lithium batteries.

Lessons learned from Hydro-Québec’s first Microgrid in Lac-Mégantic

Date: November 23, 2020

Presented by:

David-Olivier Goulet, P. Eng., MBA , Project Engineer – Integration of New Technologies, Hydro-Québec Distribution
Patrick Martineau, ing. , Microgrid Team Manager – Integration of New Technologies, Hydro-Québec Distribution

Duration: 60 minutes


Hydro-Quebec is currently commissioning the first islanded microgrid in the province of Québec. The microgrid is powered by both in-front and behind the meter solar generation and energy storage systems. The presentation consists of a project overview including technical and social aspects with an accent on the key lessons learned during the different stages of the project.

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About the speakers

David Olivier

Project Engineer – Integration of New Technologies, Hydro-Québec Distribution

David-Olivier Goulet is part of the Hydro-Québec team since 2017. Most of his efforts are devoted to the Lac-Mégantic microgrid project for which he works as a project engineer. In addition, David-Olivier also helps identifying new initiatives and conducts opportunity studies for the integration of new technologies team. His professional experience started with an energy efficiency firm where he worked as a project manager simultaneously leading several energy effiency projects in different establishments. Mr. Goulet has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) as well as a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Quebec in Montreal (ESG-UQAM).

Patrick Martineau

Microgrid Team Manager – Integration of New Technologies, Hydro-Québec Distribution

Patrick joined the Integration of New Technologies division in 2018 as a project engineer for the design and commissioning of a microgrid in Lac-Mégantic. He is also responsible for the microgrid project in Magdalen Islands and he actively contributes to other projects and technological innovation at Hydro-Quebec. During the 10 years he has supported Hydro-Quebec customers for the efficient use of energy, he has developed a good knowledge of their needs. Before joining Hydro-Quebec, he worked in product development. His numerous patents demonstrate his keen interest in innovation. Beyond technological innovation, it values more than anything the synergy with its collaborators in order to develop solutions adapted to present and future needs.

Europe’s Energy Transition: Sustainable Paths for Increased Climate and Energy Ambition

Date: November 18, 2020

Presented by:

Daniele Agostini, Head of Energy and Low Carbon Policies, Enel Group

Giuseppe Montesano, Deputy Director, Enel Foundation

Duration: 60 minutes


This webinar presents findings of the study “Europe’s Energy Transition: Sustainable Paths for Increased Climate and Energy Ambition” realized by Enel Foundation, Compass Lexecon and Enerdata.

The European Union’s climate and energy scenarios are increasingly ambitious in light of the recent fall in technological costs of renewable energy sources (RES) and electric vehicles (EV). This increasing ambition is technically achievable if power and transport lead the way to 2030 and all sectors follow suit by 2050.

Within such a scenario, electricity will play a key role with electrification levels increasing to over 30% by 2030 and rapidly reaching 60% by 2050. Increasing the target to 55% by 2030 and 100% by 2050 would lead to a net annual total cost reduction of approximately 2% from an overall energy system perspective. However, realizing such scenarios at lower costs is possible if three critical enablers are put in place: 1) Increased RES penetration, digitalisation and flexibility on the supply side; 2) digitalisation of power grids to optimally integrate supply side variable RES while ensuring system wide energy efficiency; and 3) demand side flexibility to allow dynamic load shifting especially with the support of Vehicle to Grid technologies.

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About the speakers

Daniele Agostini

Head of Energy and Low Carbon Policies, Enel Group

He is responsible for policy analysis and corporate position development on Energy Policies and Low Carbon Policies across the over 30 countries in which the Enel Group operates. In such role he is in charge of monitoring and assessing energy policy developments in the areas of energy markets, climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Mr. Agostini is member of the Board of IETA, the International Emission Trading Association. He currently chairs the Eurelectric Electrification and Energy Efficiency Working Group, the Energy Transition, Sustainability and Climate Change committee of OME (the Mediterranean Energy Organisation), the Energy Markets Committee of the G20Y.

Giuseppe Montesano

Deputy Director, Enel Foundation

Giuseppe Montesano graduated in mechanical engineering and specialised in energy transformation and energy systems in 1985. After experiences in the electro-mechanic industry, he has worked for Enel since 1988, developing renewable energy projects, designing environmental and low-carbon strategies for the Group, and advising on regulatory matters. He has covered several managerial positions including Network and Tariff Regulation, Head of Environment, Head of European Regulation and Scenarios, Head of European Energy Policy. He also chairs Eurelectric’s Environment & Sustainable Development Policies Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Italian National Committee of the World Energy Council.

Online training on the operation and maintenance of electric buses


  • Expand technical knowledge on the operation and maintenance of electric buses
  •  Facilitate the integration of electric buses into transit systems

GSEP’s online technical training on the operation and maintenance of electric buses, held from October 26 to 30, was attended by 271 participants across the world. Participants who succeeded in completing the course’s examinations have been awarded certificates of achievement.

The training was offered by international experts on electric mobility, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru, Enel X and Hydro-Québec. Offered both in Spanish and English, it covered electric transportation technology and its advantages; electric bus operation and maintenance; charging infrastructure installation and operation; safety and performance; as well as learnings from succcessful electric mobility experiences in Latin America.

GSEP believes that transport electrification is a key component of achieving a cleaner energy future. This training is part of a pilot project implemented by GSEP to integrate an electric bus to the transport system in Lima and to compile data that the Peruvian government will use to implement large-scale electrification across the country’s public transit systems.

Gestion des énergies variables dans les réseaux électriques: études de cas (in French only)

Date: October 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes


GSEP held a webinar jointly with the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD) on the integration of variable energy sources in electric grids on October 15, 2020.  This webinar was only offered in French:

La montée en puissance des énergies renouvelables variables impose une gestion adaptée des réseaux électriques.

  • Les énergies variables déstabilisent-elles les réseaux électriques ?
  • Les coûts pour les réseaux ne sont-ils pas trop élevés ?
  • Le stockage est-il indispensable ?

Le séminaire abordera ces questions à partir de deux études de cas, l’une au Québec et l’autre au Sénégal.
Une période de questions et réponses suivra les présentations. Le séminaire sera enregistré et pourra être visualisé ultérieurement.

Operation and maintenance of electric buses in Lima, Peru


  • Develop expertise on electric transportation in Peru
  • Facilitate the integration of electric buses into the Peruvian transit system

GSEP along with member companies Hydro-Québec and Enel X held a training workshop on operation and maintenance of electric buses, which was attended by 55 local bus operators and aimed at developing expertise on electric transportation in Peru in order to facilitate the integration of electric buses into the Peruvian transit system.

Experts from Enel X and Hydro-Québec, as well as from WSP, ViriCiti and the bus manufacturer, shared their expertise and showcase the best global practices on electric transportation throughout the three-day workshop. The workshop covered: electric transportation technology and its advantages, electric transportation operation and maintenance, and hands-on maintenance of an electric bus.

This workshop is part of a pilot project implemented by GSEP to integrate an electric bus to the transport system in Lima and to compile data that the Peruvian government will use to implement large-scale electrification across the country’s public transit systems. 

This initiative is aligned with GSEP’s belief that electricity is the energy of the future, as cleaner electricity generation, energy efficiency and massive electrification of end-uses will be needed to reach the world’s development and climate goals.

“Building human capacities in electric mobility is an essential part of enhancing the integration of electric buses into the public transit system of Lima.”

“Introducing electric transportation technology to the Peruvian public transit system will support the country’s move towards the energy transition and the achievement of its climate goals.”



  • Hydro-Québec 
  • Enel X