Founded in 1982, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford.

Its unique multidisciplinary expertise allows it to examine the economics, the politics and the sociology of energy with a focus on oil and natural gas. Its research spans the international relations between producers and consumers of energy; the economic development of producing nations and the geo-political aspects of all these issues alongside the economics and politics of the environment in relation to energy, including climate change. The Institute’s intellectual independence places it firmly at the centre of the dialogue between consumers and producers, government and industry, academics and policy makers. The Institute serves a worldwide audience with its research and continues to inform understanding of all major energy issues today.


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National support for renewable electricity and the single market in Europe: the Ålands Vindkraft case

Published: 11th August 2014
By: , Malcolm Keay

The European Court of Justice recently announced its judgement in the case of Alands Vindcraft, concerning Sweden’s right to deny support for renewable electricity to Finnish producers.  Against the Advocate General’s recommendations, the Court decided that the Swedish policy does not infringe European law.  This Comment, by Étienne Durand and Malcolm Keay, looks at the [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Electricity & Nuclear, Energy and the Environment, Energy Comments, Energy Policy, Publications, Renewable

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Sustainable Energy in Brazil – Reversing Past Achievements or Realizing Future Potential

Published: 4th August 2014
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Brazil is at a crossroad with regard to its sustainable energy future. Despite currently boasting one of the world’s cleanest energy supplies, a number of current trends are pointing towards a deterioration of the country’s sustainable energy performance, measured in terms of renewable energy use, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Firstly, declining emissions [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Electricity & Nuclear, Energy and the Environment, Energy Policy, OIES - Saudi Aramco Fellowship, Renewable, Working Papers, Working Papers

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The Development of Chinese Gas Pricing – Drivers, Challenges and Implications for Demand

Published: 29th July 2014
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Published paper can be found here The spectacular growth of the Chinese economy since the early 2000s is a phenomenon familiar to all with an interest in the global economy. Clearly its impact on commodity markets in general has been both significant and observable. While China’s consumption of natural gas grew dramatically in the 2000s it was only [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Gas, Gas Programme, Working Papers, Working Papers

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The US Shale Revolution and the changes in LPG Trade Dynamics – A Threat to the GCC?

Published: 22nd July 2014
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Published paper can be found here One of the major developments associated with the US shale revolution and that has attracted little attention from market analysts is the sharp expansion in US liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports. Substantial increase in domestic supply has not only meant that US imports of LPG have dwindled, but the [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy Comments, Energy Comments, Energy Policy, Oil, Oil & Middle East Programme

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Ukraine’s imports of Russian gas – how a deal might be reached

Published: 18th July 2014
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The current gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine is potentially the most serious yet. It takes place against the background of the two countries’ deteriorating relations following the collapse of the Yanukovich government, the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. In June, negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on the [...]

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Europe’s energy security – caught between short-term needs and long-term goals

Published: 14th July 2014
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The EU faces a crisis over Ukraine, as the main protagonist in the unfolding drama, Russia, is also the EU’s largest source of oil, gas, coal and nuclear fuel imports. It is a serious crisis because it appears to mark the start of Europe and Russia turning away from each other, and not just in [...]

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US climate change policy and the power sector

Published: 7th July 2014
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On 2 June 2014 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed performance standards to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power stations. In 2012, these stations accounted for about 38.5% of US energy-related CO2 emissions, chiefly from coal.  To date, the EPA proposal is the most substantial federal policy initiative aimed at reducing CO2 [...]

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Brazil – Country of the future or has its time come for natural gas?

Published: 1st July 2014
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In recent years Brazil has received much attention in macro-economic circles as one of the high growth BRICS countries.  Its performance has waned of late, apparently due to lack of internal reforms and infrastructure bottlenecks, and as this paper, published today by the Natural Gas Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies demonstrates, these [...]

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