About the scenario development process
ENTSO-E’s scenario work is a core element for various mid- and long-term system studies such as the Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) or the European Resource Adequacy Assessment (ERAA), as well as a key tool for national TSO work. ENTSO-E’s scenario building process aims to be fully pan-European, looking decades ahead up to 2050 and covering all energy vectors. The work is carried out jointly with ENTSOG since several years and as required by the European TEN-E regulation. The set of scenarios covering the whole energy mix shows how to meet European climatic and energy targets. The development process combines regulatory understanding, electricity and gas TSO expertise and extensive stakeholder engagement to capture best possible data and methods.
General position description
The successful candidate will work at ENTSO-E offices in Brussels. Will be working within the System Development section, in the Long-Term Planning Team. This team focuses on the ENTSO-E legal mandates related to the TYNDP, which includes scenario building, system studies, project CBAs, offshore planning and multi-sector modelling. The Multi- Energy Scenario Building Specialist will support the scenario development in particular.
The specialist will work mainly on the technical and analytical aspects of the process. The specialist shows a deep understanding of scenario modelling tool chains used across the sector. S/he has experience in or is able to get experienced quickly in open-source tools, custom in-house tools and commercial tools for expansion modelling and production dispatch modelling (such as Plexos, BID, other). The successful candidate will ensure technical coordination, support modelling experts and develop improvements to tools and processes.
The specialist will ensure that innovations co-developed by tool experts in the Working Group Scenario Building are consistent and achieve expectations of projects it feeds into (mainly TYNDP/ERAA). The specialist will interact with the TYNDP Study Team regarding innovation testing and modelling implementation of the scenarios. In addition the specialist is able to use each tool of the chain during peak periods as part of the TYNDP Study Team to develop the scenarios.
The scenario building work interfaces strongly with several projects in the system development department, such as the ERAA and TYNDP, and has substantial exposure to stakeholders, ACER and EC. The specialist will contribute to the consistency between deliverables through the sharing of good practices and data transfer. This includes handling complex and agile workstreams, suggesting simplifications and other approaches to be used by downstream projects.
Travel may be required for meetings as requested by management.
Responsibilities and tasks
The responsibilities are set by the Long-Term Planning team Manager and Head of Section and may be subject to change. Strong interaction is expected with the section’s System Modelling team in terms of modelling competency and data management. The following responsibilities are initially foreseen:
- Ensure the efficient data flow throughout the tool chain to enable the timely delivery of high quality scenarios
- Provide support to the Working Group Scenario Building subteams (Supply, Demand, Energy System and Innovation) in terms of tool expertise, new approaches and interaction between tools
- Support technical interaction between System Development projects on the scope of tool and modelling methodology
- Support the data collection process
- Initial testing of part of the tool chain following data or methodology update
- Direct application of modelling tools as part of TYNDP Study Team during periods of high workload
Interaction with other ENTSO-E teams
- Act as the reference contact on the technical aspects of the scenario building process for the other ENTSO-E project teams
- Identification and mitigation of interface challenges with other deliverables
- Supporting the System Modelling team to ensure robustness and efficiency of the data flow within the scenario building process and from/towards other deliverables
Organisation and support of meetings, support of members and the secretariat
- Coordinate internal communications and meetings
- Support in organisation of meetings with external participants
- University degree/diploma or equivalent working experience with proven skills in energy system modelling, data analysis or prospective.
- At least 3 years of experience in the energy sector. Experience in a European Association or organisation, or TSO is an added value.
- Good understanding of multi-energy modelling is a must. Experience in power system dispatch and expansion modelling is an added value.
- Good understanding of the European energy landscape with a focus on electricity
- Excellent command of software (Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, SharePoint).
- Strong data analytical skills for big data processing, automations and quality checks, using tools/languages such as Python, R, VBA, SQL etc
- Excellent attention to detail with a focus on ensuring the task is completed to high quality standards.
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.
- Proven ability to plan, organise, establish priorities and get things done, especially as part of a complex data-driven project that is part of a wider programme.
- Proactive with the ability for be resourceful and supportive of others when necessary.
- Adaptive to a dynamic multi-cultural work environment with familiarity with membership-based organizations.
- Ability to work independently and in a team setting with competing deadlines.
The Secretariat is looking for either a secondment from a Member TSO (for which we can give advice to TSOs and candidates on financial and tax effects) or other qualified applicants not working for ENTSO-E members.
Please submit your complete application consisting of a motivational letter and curriculum vitae before 26 May 2022.