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Oxford Energy Forum – Issue, 95

Published: 14th April 2014
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This issue of the Forum is dedicated to developments in Chinese energy

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Costs, competitiveness and climate policy – distortions across Europe

Published: 7th April 2014
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Inside its 28-country energy market the European Union is permitting serious distortions. These arise out of the current patchy way whereby energy-intensive industries are relieved of the costs of ambitious, clean EU energy policies of capping carbon and promoting renewables.  This comment argues that the EU should adopt a common approach to such carbon cost [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy and the Environment, Energy Comments, Energy Economics

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Price Reform in Kuwait’s Electricity and Water Sector – Assessing the Net Benefits in the Presence of Congestion

Published: 2nd April 2014
By: , Lavan Mahadeva

Kuwait’s domestic electricity and water sector has been in disarray for several years, struggling with fast-rising demand for several decades as a result of rapid industrialization, population growth, rising living standards as well as due to the artificially low utility prices set by the government. We use a model-based methodology to compare the current pricing [...]

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Categories / Electricity & Nuclear, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Oil & Middle East Programme, Papers, Working Papers

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The New German Energy Policy – What Role for Gas in a De-carbonization Policy?

Published: 24th March 2014
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German Energy policy – in its current form the Energiewende – is the product of a complex evolution of overt aspirations of many of the parties in and out of governing coalitions since the turn of the century, and a covert fear of import dependency on Russian gas combined with ‘coal-mindedness’ – an affinity for [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Electricity & Nuclear, Energy and the Environment, Energy Policy, Gas Programme, Working Papers, Working Papers

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US shale gas and tight oil industry performance: challenges and opportunities

Published: 21st March 2014
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In just seven years, the US shale gas and tight oil revolution has created significant new challenges and opportunities and a new known-unknown that energy market players and analysts must learn to deal with in the years to come. Among all the data and evidence at hand, this comment focuses around the following pieces of [...]

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

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The Arab Uprisings and MENA Political Instability – Implications for Oil & Gas Markets

Published: 17th March 2014
By: , Richard Mallinson, Bassam Fattouh

The political turmoil that has swept across many parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since the beginning of the Arab Spring in December 2010 and the tightening of international sanctions against Iran in 2012 have reignited the recurring debate about energy security and the reliability of MENA as an energy supplier. In [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy Policy, Gas, Oil, Oil & Middle East Programme, Papers, Publications, Working Papers

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What the Ukrainian crisis means for gas markets

Published: 10th March 2014
By: , Katja Yafimava, Howard Rogers, Anouk Honoré, James Henderson

The change of government in Kyiv, the Russian military action in Crimea, the diplomatic reaction by the western powers, and the perceived danger of war, clearly have implications for all economic relations between Russia, Ukraine and Europe, especially in the energy sphere. Russia supplies about 30% of Europe’s natural gas, and more than half of [...]

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The Prospects for Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel in Europe

Published: 3rd March 2014
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In the wake of the recession resulting from the financial crisis of 2008, European demand for natural gas is essentially stagnant and has recently lost market share to coal and renewables in the power generation sector in various European national markets.  This factor, as well as the significant price differential between natural gas and oil [...]

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Categories / Gas, Working Papers

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