Decarbonizing the Mediterranean energy system through electrification

Date: October 12, 2021

Presented by:

Lisa Guarrera , Director of Monitoring and Modeling Division, OME

Adriana Paez, Senior Advisor - Electrification, GSEP

Duration: 75

Summary

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

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

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. 

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