Energy Transition Research Initiative

New Oxford Energy Forum – Carbon Management and Hydrogen: Potential solutions for hard-to-decarbonise sectors – Issue 138

Gas Research Programme

New OIES Energy Insight – European Gas Market Supply & Demand: Winter Outlook 2023/24

Electricity Research Programme

New OIES Research Paper – Ensuring low-cost generation and resource adequacy: the case of Pakistan’s new competitive trading bilateral contract market (CTBCM) model

Oil Research Programme

New OIES Oil Monthly – Issue 29

China Energy Research Programme

New OIES Podcast – The geopolitics of energy and China, episode 6: Africa and the US

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

    Energy Transition Research at OIES focuses on the trends shaping energy systems, transformations in behaviours and business models, and the implications of shifting from the existing hydrocarbon-dominated energy economy to a system in which renewables, 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 Electricity Research Programme focuses on fundamental issues including re-design of electricity markets to integrate zero marginal cost renewables, regulation of electricity networks to accommodate variable supply/demand and incentivizing efficient investment and identifying conditions for efficient growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), activating demand side flexibility and consumer participation in...

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  • Oil Research Programme

    The Oil Research Programme, established in 2009, has cemented its reputation as a leading source of academic research on oil market issues. The Programme’s research group continues to produce high-quality empirical oil market research of international significance based on its core understanding of oil market dynamics and price cycles, the...

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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

Pakistan has a single-buyer market model, designed for centralized power procurement and investment in generation capacity. However, this model has encountered challenges in achieving both affordability and security of supply of electricity. A key contributing factor to the rise in electricity prices is the surge in capacity payments, which have more than doubled over the last five years. Pakistan has...

Latest Energy Insights

European gas balances look comfortable heading into the winter on the back of record storage levels. European hub prices have stabilized since April and absent a major supply outage, 100 Bcm of storage stocks at the start of December means there is no prospect of any physical shortage this winter. We expect gas demand to remain subdued through the winter,...

Latest Energy Comments

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27), held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2022, ended on a downbeat note as the final communique was rushed through at the last minute and was regarded as unsatisfactory by many participating delegates, government officials and observers, who had been hoping for a more aggressive stance on the phase out of fossil fuels and...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

The May 2021 edition of the Oxford Energy Forum covered the role of hydrogen in the energy transition in some detail,  starting from an observation that the decarbonized energy system was expected to see an increase in the share of electricity in final consumption rising from its current 20 per cent to around 50 per cent by 2050. If anything,...

Latest Podcasts

On 8 August 2023, the OIES China Programme published an issue of the Oxford Energy Forum on the geopolitics of energy and China. This podcast is part of a series drawing on the rich OEF contributions. The aim of the Forum was to think about China’s role in the geopolitics of energy – both fossil fuels and new energy supply...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our latest short-term oil market outlook to 2024, is now available. - We have reduced our 2023 Brent forecast $1.8/b to $83.4/b in 2023 and $2.5/b to $84.1/b in 2024, from $85.3/b and $86.6/b forecast last month. Brent in October reversed the 9% hike from September falling to $91.1/b from $94.0/b (-3%...

Latest Quarterly Gas Review

In this fourth edition of the Gas Quarterly for 2023 we once again review the series of signposts that we outlined as key indicators of the global gas market during the year and also draw some conclusions about the outlook for prices and the supply-demand balance. In the first half of Q3, a number of bearish factors brought European benchmark...

The Guide to Chinese Climate Policy 2022

China is the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases by a wide margin. Its policies for limiting emissions will have a significant impact on the global climate for decades to come.

This Guide to Chinese Climate Policy provides information on China’s emissions, the impacts of climate change in China, the history of China’s climate change policies and China’s response to climate change today.

Visit the website to download the Guide

OIES Energy Transition Event

In June 2023 OIES will hold it's 2nd Energy Transition Event over 2 days. This year's event will focus on 7 themes:

• The role of electricity markets in the transition and how the current energy crisis has opened a debate about market design.

• The role of energy networks in the transition.

• The role of energy storage in the decarbonization of the energy sector.

• The role of consumers in the energy transition and alignment of consumers’ choices with net-zero carbon emission objectives.

• The role of geopolitics and its implications for energy transition.

• The role of carbon markets in achieving net-zero objectives.

• Scaling up financing for climate action and mitigation technologies.

If you would like some more information please contact
Kate Teasdale