The Energy Systems Models Area is constituted by expert researchers in developing models for efficiently supporting decisions and techno-economic analysis of generation, transmission and distribution systems in the energy sector. A fundamental aspect of this analysis is the modelling of energy markets and the associated operative, tactical and strategic decisions. The area research is the cornerstone of disciplines such as operations research, energy economics and power systems operation. The unit’s work is focused on the creation of numerous computer models and on providing complementary analysis, advice and consulting services. We are relevant leaders and participate in European projects with public or private support and in many national and international projects. The unit is composed of an interdisciplinary research team that is continuously adapting to the emerging necessities of a sector that is undergoing a process of change worldwide. We also have an important teaching function. The unit participates intensively in the Master and PhD program in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ICAI) and in the Asociación Universidad/Empresa para la Formación en Sistemas de Energía Eléctrica (AUEF-SEE).
Javier Reneses is Senior Research Associate Professor in the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Lab from September 2016. He has headed more than 70 consultancy and research projects, and has participated in more than 100. He has worked and lectured extensively on the operation, planning and regulation of energy systems, and particularly on midterm operation of electricity markets, regulation of electric distribution business, tariff design and natural gas markets. In these topics he has been a consultant for governments, international institutions, industrial associations, and utilities in many countries. Dr. Reneses has published more than 100 papers and book chapters in national and international journals, and conference proceedings. He is professor of Electric Distribution Business at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas’s Masters degree in the Electric Power Industry (Erasmus Mundus). He also has been teaching Statistics and Energy and Sustainability for several years at the School of Engineering. He obtained his Electrical Engineering degree in 1996 from the School of Engineering (ICAI) of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid, Spain. He received his doctoral degree in May 2004 for the thesis “Mid-term operation of electricity markets”. He obtained a degree in Mathematics in 2005 from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid.