Elizaveta Kuznetsova, Ph.D.

Head of Energy Value Chains

Respected leader in the modeling field, advancing innovative strategies for robust energy and economic policy analysis across North America.

Elizaveta, as the Head of the Energy Value Chains at ESMIA, manages the division’s research activities to enhance existing models and develop new methodologies, while coordinating with internal divisions and external partners. She is the main instigator of RateVision, a consumer-centric model that forecasts changes in energy rates and bills across various consumer categories. She oversees NAGEM Canada, a multi-regional dynamic macroeconomic model crucial for assessing the impact of energy and climate policies on economic growth, public welfare and employment across Canada’s provinces and territories. She leads projects that explore the economic transformations necessitated by policies aimed at achieving net-zero targets, with a focus on energy supply chains, stranded asset costs, energy rates, consumer bills, jobs and just transitions. Her expertise has been instrumental in projects commissioned by federal and provincial governments (British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) using modelling results to inform decision-makers.

Elizaveta demonstrates strong leadership in the energy sector through her active participation with well established organisations. She is a regular speaker at CAMPUT events, which are respected for providing best practice resources in energy and utility regulation. She is involved with the modelling platform committee of the Energy Modelling Hub (EMH) and actively engages in the activities of the Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN).

Before joining ESMIA, Elizaveta worked in France, Singapore and Canada on the development of decision-making methodologies to support sustainable design and operations of smart grids, eco-industrial parks, waste-to-energy infrastructure, microgrids and electricity prosumers. Notably, she co-lead the development of ProsumArise, an agent-based model for studying how energy policy affects the advent of prosumers.

She earned her Ph.D. in economics with first class honor from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) focusing on microgrid agent-based modelling and optimization under uncertainty. She holds a master’s in sustainable engineering from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) and a master’s in fluid mechanics applied to energy, from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse (France). She is the primary author of numerous scientific publications in the fields of energy policy, power systems, renewable and sustainable energy.