Energy policy drives the energy transition – encompassing every aspect from energy production to consumption. Without energy policy geared towards decarbonisation, all the newly founded technologies and advances in sustainable energy would go unused or underutilised. It’s a high stakes game, requiring vast technical knowledge and broad perspectives to make all the pieces fall into place. An environment where EIT InnoEnergy Master’s in Smart Electrical Networks and Systems (SENSE) graduate Emilia Chojkiewicz shines.
Emilia shares her experience at the EU Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), where she is now working in the beautiful city of Ljubljana, Slovenia: “A key reason that Europe leads the energy transition is the EU’s energy policy, whether it be setting targets for renewable penetration, creating a carbon market via the Emissions Trading System (ETS), or developing a regulatory framework to spur the adoption of hydrogen. It’s an exciting field to be in… and an exciting time at the agency with a new policy package for hydrogen and decarbonised gases set to come out in December! It’s all part of the EU’s Green New Deal and “Fit for 55” ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. My work mainly focuses on data, market and policy analysis for gas wholesale markets and electricity/gas retail markets. Ultimately, I contribute to various research and reports from ACER, such as this one.”