Name: ELENA CALCAGNI
Job title: Project Leader
Organisation: ENEL GLOBAL TRADING S.p.A.
Outside of SECLI-FIRM, what is your role within your organisation and what do you do in this role?
I work in Middle Office & Risk Management, Italy group, as a skilled resource in trading, market analysis, commodities and energy markets.
How long have you worked in science/energy?
I have worked in the energy sector since 2009.
Why did you get involved in the SECLI-FIRM project and why does this project excite you?
I got involved in the SECLI FIRM Project as project leader for the ENEL team. The project excites me because it creates a link between industry and science.
What is your main role and contribution to the SECLI-FIRM project?
I coordinate all management activities for the ENEL team, including people management, financial context and internal and external reporting.
What are the key things you have learned from being involved in the SECLI-FIRM project so far?
I have learned a lot about seasonal forecasts and climate modelling.
What achievements do you personally hope to accomplish by the end of the SECLI-FIRM project?
I hope that the use of seasonal forecasts can add practical and economic value to industrial decision-making processes and outcomes.
What do you believe are the key benefits of climate science, and seasonal forecasting in particular, for the energy industry?
The better use of seasonal forecasts could help the energy industry improve the way they manage risk in the energy market context. The main benefits will be a better demand forecast and a better renewable forecast, due to a proper forecast weather change.
What do you believe are the barriers to the energy sector in accessing and using seasonal forecasting information?
The energy sector sometimes uses seasonal forecasts with a deterministic approach. This could limit them in terms of application.
What part do you think projects like SECLI-FIRM play in promoting collaboration between the energy and meteorology/climate sectors?
There is a need to create a dialogue between two very different worlds. Projects like SECLI-FIRM encourage the exchange of significant contributions.
What would be your top tip for anyone interested in getting involved in a project like SECLI-FIRM?
SECLI FIRM is a challenge that must be faced with constant enthusiasm in order to bring together two realities, science and industry, which together can provide significant added value.
What would you say have been the key developments in the world of energy and meteorology/climate in recent years?
The growing development of renewables in the last 10 years has made it essential for the world of meteorology and the energy industry to work together. The impact of weather variables such as temperature, precipitation and snow, on market scenarios, is impacting and determining how risk exposure can be managed within the industrial portfolio.