Energy Transition Research Initiative

New Research Paper – India’s Mass-Market Clean Mobility Initiatives and its Unique, Customized Business Models for Light Electric Vehicles

Gas Research Programme

OIES Podcast – Turkey’s gas supply-demand balance and renewal of its long-term contracts

Electricity Research Programme

Energy Networks in the Energy Transition Era

Oil Research Programme

New OIES Presentation – Implication of the proposed EU ban of Russian oil for global oil markets

China Energy Research Programme

Oxford Energy Podcast – China’s energy plans and macroeconomic realities?

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is a world leading independent energy research institute specialising in advanced research into the economics and geopolitics of the energy transition and international energy across oil, gas and electricity markets

  • Energy Transition Research Initiative

    OIES is developing research modules on topics that are relevant to the energy transition with particular focus on the process and implications of shifting from the existing hydrocarbon-dominated energy economy to a new system in which low-carbon energy sources and abated use of hydrocarbons will play a much greater role.

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  • Gas Research Programme

    The Gas Programme, launched in 2003, has become one of the foremost sources of independent academic research on gaseous fuels and their role in the energy economy. The programme has historically focused on natural gas, and while this remains a core strength it is increasingly also turning its attention to...

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  • Electricity Research Programme

    The OIES Electricity Research Programme was established in 2015. The Programme seeks to inform public and private sector decision-making by improving understanding of the electricity supply chain. The Programme studies the role of public policy, regulation, and markets to support the energy transition, along with implications for end-users, companies and...

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  • Oil Research Programme

    The Oil Research Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was established in 2009. It is dedicated to the advanced study of contemporary oil markets, production, consumption and policy. With a historical focus on the resource-rich economies of the Middle East, research on the Programme has expanded to include...

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  • China Energy Research Programme

    Launched in 2019 the OIES China Energy Research Programme, is a center of analytical excellence offering insights into the factors that inform China’s energy policies and choices and their pivotal role in global energy markets. China is the world’s second largest economy, biggest importer of crude oil, the fastest growing...

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Latest Research Papers

Around 99 per cent of vehicles running on India’s roads are powered by internal combustion engines running on fossil fuels (petrol, diesel, and some CNG). The passenger car is still a largely aspirational product for around one hundred million newly middle-class Indians (20 million families). Given the current, still very low per capita car ownership in India of 22 per...

Latest Energy Insights

The completion of the Article 6 rulebook of the Paris Agreement is a necessary step towards building a robust framework in which participants can use collaborative approaches and a market-based mechanism to promote climate and sustainable development goals. There is widespread expectation that the Article 6 rulebook will create the conditions for effective and robust international carbon markets to thrive,...

Latest Energy Comments

On 21 April 2022, the European Commission published its guidance for EU Member States and their gas buyers on the Russian Presidential decree, which requested payment for Russian (pipeline) gas, delivered after 1 April 2022, in rubles. The decree and its implications for gas supply contracts have been analysed in a previous OIES publication. This comment analyses the guidance to understand...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

In late 2021, China experienced a severe electricity supply crisis that affected 20 provinces. Industrial activity was curtailed, and even households suffered prolonged outages in some areas. The country is no stranger to periodic energy supply shortages and in many outages in the past, the principal causes involved either poor policy coordination or a clash between market forces and government...

Latest Podcasts

In this podcast David Ledesma talks to Gulmira Rzayeva, Senior Visiting Research Fellow about Turkey’s unprecedented demand surge in 2021. Despite well developed natural gas import capacity and diverse supply sources, security of supply became a major issue for the country during the summer of 2021 and the winter of 2021/2022. At the same time, imports from Russia increased by...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our latest short-term oil market outlook to 2023, is now available. - The disruption in Russian supplies intensified in April with an estimated loss of 1 mb/d of production m/m. We now expect Russian oil production shut ins to average between 1.6 mb/d and 3 mb/d in H2. Our Reference case sees...

Latest Quarterly Gas Review

The recent geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West over the Russian build-up of troops close to the Ukrainian border have renewed public debate over Europe’s dependence on hydrocarbons imported from Russia, and natural gas in particular. There is particular concern over the security of pipeline gas deliveries to Europe via Ukraine. In this special edition of the Quarterly Gas...

OIES Webinar

Electricity Distribution Networks in the Decentralisation Era: Rethinking Economics and Regulation

Date: 31 May 2022

Time: 13.00hrs UK time

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The rise of renewable and distributed energy sources has resulted in a fundamental change in the way in which electricity is traditionally produced, distributed, and sold. Centralised power generation is increasingly giving way to a decentralised paradigm as new technologies continue to allow for different forms of electricity generation, storage, distribution, and trade. Are traditional approaches to the economics, regulation and operation of electricity networks still relevant? How should distribution networks deal with increases in demand and generation variability as distributed energy resources grow and electrification of transport and heat increases?

In this webinar co-authors Rahmat Poudineh, Christine Brandstätt and Farhad Billimoria will discuss the insights from their recent book “Electricity Distribution Networks in the Decentralisation Era: Rethinking Economics and Regulation”.

The authors will be joined by Michael Pollitt, Professor of Business Economics, at the University of Cambridge and Pierluigi Mancarella, Professor of Electrical Power Systems at University of Melbourne, to debate some of the key issues which electricity distribution networks are facing as their operating environment change with the rise of the decentralisation paradigm. James Henderson, Director, Energy Transition Research Initiative Oxford Institute for Energy Studies will be chairing the session.

Rahmat Poudineh, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research, Electricity Research Progarmme, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.
Christine Brandstätt, Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and Assistant Professor, Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure at Copenhagen Business School.
Farhad Billimoria Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and researcher on electricity market design at the Energy & Power Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford.

Michael Pollitt: Professor of Business Economics at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School
Pierluigi Mancarella: Chair& Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia

James Henderson, Director, Energy Transition Research Initiative and Chairman of the Gas Research Programme,Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale