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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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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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy Comment, Energy Comments, Energy Comments, Energy Policy, Energy Security, Gas, Gas Programme

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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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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Electricity & Nuclear, Energy Comments, Energy Policy, Energy Security

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

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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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Awaiting the Mexican Wave – Challenges to energy reforms and raising oil output

Published: 23rd June 2014
By: , Shweta Upadhyaya

This comment analyses the potential impact of the proposed Mexican energy reforms in light of the current state of Mexican oil production. It identifies the main themes behind the reforms and evaluates the prospects for shallow, deepwater and shale resources, along with the midstream and downstream sectors. The comment notes that while Mexico offers significant [...]

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

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Oxford Energy Forum – Issue, 96

Published: 16th June 2014
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Oil has defined the modern-day development of the Gulf region in a 
way seen in no other place in the world; together, the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, are home to around a third of known global reserves of oil, and [...]

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The Outlook for Natural Gas Demand in Europe

Published: 10th June 2014
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A report published by the Natural Gas Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, concludes that European gas demand will not recover its 2010 level until about 2025. Dr Anouk Honoré has produced the most comprehensive independent study of European gas demand by country and by sector available in the public domain. The scenarios [...]

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Divergent Paths to a Common Goal? An Overview of Challenges to Electricity Sector Reform in Developing versus Developed Countries

Published: 13th May 2014
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Recent experiences in electricity market reform have reignited an enduring debate in economics and public policy, namely, the benefits of liberalized markets versus central planning in the provision of goods and services. This debate as it relates to energy is not new – there has been previous criticism of whether liberalized markets in the energy [...]

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Categories / Electricity & Nuclear, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Renewable, Working Papers

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