Energy Transition Research Initiative

OIES Podcast – Green energy finance in the developing world

Gas Research Programme

New OIES Podcast – Impact of Russia-Ukraine War on Energy Markets Series – 9

Electricity Research Programme

OIES Podcast – Energy Networks in the Energy Transition Era

Oil Research Programme

New OIES Presentation – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and oil market dynamics

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

To date, China has built 169 national high-tech industrial development zones (HTIDZs) across the country aimed at adjusting its industrial structure and enhancing innovation. These national HTIDZs share comparable preferential policies set by the national government but are established in regions with vastly different local socio-economic contexts. Therefore, the ability of these zones to drive local industrial upgrading and energy...

Latest Energy Comments

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, global energy markets have tightened with prices of oil and gas surging. At the same time, Chinese oil and gas demand has been relatively weak, raising questions about the impact of high prices on China’s appetite for imported oil and gas. This comment argues that China's weakening economy, due to Beijing’s dynamic zero-COVID policy,...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Climate science confirms the imperative to maintain global temperatures under 2°C and undertake efforts to limit the rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in order to avert extreme climate hazards. This requires that global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are halved by 2030 and reduced to net zero by 2050. Against this background, policymakers have launched initiatives at global and...

Latest Podcasts

In this podcast, David Ledesma talks to Michal Meidan, Director of the Gas and China Research Programmes at the OIES, and Byford Tsang who is Senior Policy Advisor at E3G’s Climate Diplomacy team about China’s climate policies and the extent to which China’s 2021 energy crisis and the market turmoil following the Russian invasion of Ukraine have shaped them. The...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our latest short-term oil market outlook to 2023, is now available. - EU’s recently agreed embargo on Russian oil has led us to revise upwards our reference case of the expected disruptions in Russian oil production by year-end to 2.6 mb/d from 1.6 mb/d previously. Our reference case this month however constitutes...

Latest Quarterly Gas Review

Since our previous edition of the Quarterly Gas Review, the Russian build-up of troops around Ukraine’s border has erupted into a full-scale invasion. European gas prices, which were already high, surged. In response to the invasion, the European Commission and various European governments announced their intention to reduce dependency on Russian gas imports. In response, the Russian government passed new...

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