Why Choose Us

About Energy Reform

Energy Reform engages in research and consultancy in the international energy sector and has specialist expertise in developing and applying state of the art power system and energy system modelling techniques in support of the energy transition. Energy Reform was born in 2011 out of the leading-edge research at the Electricity Research Centre, headed by Professor Mark O’Malley at University College Dublin and has built a global reputation for applying leading edge research in the area of renewables and energy system integration to the real challenges of modelling the transition to green energy and net-zero carbon emissions. Energy Reform has deep expertise in carrying out complex energy system modelling tasks with diverse aims and objectives in support of the energy transition including notable expertise in the areas of variable renewables, long term storage, hydrogen and Power to X. Energy Reform team members have significant experience in power system operations and modelling, having been involved in all the major landmark studies that paved the way for large shares of renewable energy on the Irish power system. These have included All Island Grid Study and the TSO Facilitation of Renewables Study. Energy Reform thus has experience and expertise modelling the specific challenges facing Island power systems. Additionally, Energy Reform is a recognised expert internationally and has represented Ireland on the International Energy Agency’s Task 25 on the Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power, is a member of the Global Power System Transformation Research Council and is a member of the Horizon 2020 Energy System modelling project Spine. Energy Reform will be an invaluable partner in meeting your modelling requirements.

State of the Art Modelling Services

We specialise in power and energy system modelling using advanced methodologies to capture the opportunities and challenges associated with the energy transition

State of the Art Tools

Our modelling tools and methodologies have been developed from the ground up to address the modelling challenges of increasing shares of variable renewables and sector coupling

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Jody Dillon CEO Energy Reform

Jody Dillon Ph.D.

CEO and Founder
Jody is a graduate of University College Dublin where he earned his Batchelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering Science and PhD degrees. He has over 23 years’ experience in the energy sector spanning both research and industry which extensively covers both the development and use of power and energy system models. Previously, Jody worked for 13 years at EirGrid as a Consultant Engineer modelling the operational impacts of wind power on the Irish grid. Jody has been at the forefront of addressing the modelling challenges associated the energy transition and in particular, associated with increasing shares of renewable generation. He managed the TSO Facilitation of Renewables Studies which laid the groundwork for the current DS3 Program at EirGrid. Since then, he has focused extensively on developing and applying state of the art modelling methodologies and techniques to the challenges associated with the Energy Transition, in particular developing methodologies to model the value of flexible technologies in support of the transition to net-zero energy systems. This has involved leading the development of the Epiphron modelling tool and subsequently, the Spine open-source energy system modelling framework. Jody has represented Ireland on the IEAs Wind Task 25 on behalf of EirGrid and Energy Reform, is a member of the Global Power System Transformation Consortium’s Research Council, has been a peer reviewer on multiple occasions for the US Department of Energy’s Wind Research Program.

Ciara O'Dwyer Ph.D.

Modelling Lead
Ciara obtained her BE, ME and PhD degrees from UCD, focussing on energy storage at high wind penetrations. Her research interests include the modelling of energy storage, demand response and variable renewable generation integration, and she has extensive experience in energy system modelling, using both commercial tools and developing academic tools. Ciara led the modelling work package in the Horizon 2020 project, RealValue, investigating the role of smart local small-scale thermal storage at large scales within future European energy systems. She also participated in two further Horizon2020 projects. Spine created an open source toolbox for modelling integrated energy systems and EU-SysFlex aims to identify issues and solutions associated with integrating large-scale renewable energy. She also worked with EASAC and an expert Working Group on the report ‘Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids’. Ciara’s experience in managing large modelling projects gives our clients the reassurance that their requirements will be satisfied to a high quality standard.

Manuel Marin Ph.D.

Development Lead
Manuel has a joint PhD degree in Electrical engineering and Computer science, and an extensive career in power system modelling and development. Manuel has been a key modelling developer in a number European projects including Realvalue, GARPUR and the H2020 project Spine. Manuel has experience in a wide variety of modelling tasks, including security-constrained AC optimal power flow, outage scheduling for transmission systems, hydro power operation and scheduling for large river systems, unit commitment for district heating systems, and power grid investments under uncertainty. Manuel is a key developer of Spine, performing key contributions to the entire application stack. Manuel has powerfully leveraged latest cutting edge programming tools and is the brains behind SpineInterface, the powerfully flexible Julia interface that enables the flexibility of the Spine modelling framework. Energy Reform know that modelling the opportunities and challenges of the energy transition require a capability that is nimble and adaptable and off-the shelf tools often struggle to meet today’s modelling needs. Manuel’s capabilities as a modeller and computer scientist allow Energy Reform to support clients with deep expertise and the development of custom tools and workflows to support clients’ unique requirements.