P. Eng. David Elzinga 

Senior Energy Technology Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
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David Elzinga

Senior Energy Technology Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)

David Elzinga has worked in the energy and climate fields for over 15 years, with focus areas of technology, policy and analysis. In these roles he has advised various governments at the local and national levels on energy policy – both in developing and developed countries. Speaking at numerous events globally, he continually carries the message of appropriate technology use and deployment.


Currently, David is an Energy Technology Analyst with the International Energy Agency (IEA). In this role he is leading the IEA’s work on electricity system technologies, such as Smart Grids, including system modelling, policy and technology analysis. Recent lead authorship and collaborative publications include:


• IEA Smart Grids Technology Roadmap
• Smart and Just Grids: Opportunities for sub‐Saharan Africa
• Advantage Energy: Emerging Economies, Developing Countries and the Private Sector Interface
• Energy Technology Perspectives 2010: Electricity Networks Chapter
• Energy Technology Perspectives 2012: Flexible Electricity
• Energy Technology Perspectives 2012: Energy Systems
• Impact of Smart Grids on Peak Demand to 2050
• IEA Energy Storage Technology Roadmap (Fall 2013)
• How to Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Systems (Fall 2013)


He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and previously at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) he worked on energy technology policy, GHG measurement and reporting and funding of climate change mitigation demonstration projects nationally and internationally. Prior to working for NRCan, he worked in solar energy, with roles in R&D, system design and deployment as well as grid interconnection and regulatory aspects, implementing some of the first grid connected PV projects in Canada.


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