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 their business strategies.

Research is broadly categorised into three main themes:

  • market design, renewable integration and electricity networks;
  • electricity pricing, electricity access and energy sector fiscal policy;
  • decarbonisation of heat and transport and implications for the electricity sector

The Programme’s analysis of the wider implications of electricity sector developments on the energy transition is strengthened by the Institute’s expertise in fossil fuel markets and energy policies across the world. Programme research examines these three main research themes and issues as they apply to different regions; past research has included Europe, Latin America, the US, Africa, non-OECD Asia and the MENA.

The Programme’s research is disseminated via dedicated research Papers, Insights and Comments published by OIES researchers and external contributing expert authors, as well as Podcasts on topical issues relating to the electricity industry.

The Programme holds an annual research meeting with Sponsors, and an annual Electricity Day, at which topical themes and new ideas are debated by an invited group of experts, OIES researchers and programme Sponsors.

The Electricity Programme also contributes to joint workshops with the Institute’s other two research programmes, based on synergies between research themes.

The Programme welcomes expressions of research interest from academics, researchers and experts; please write to Rahmat Poudineh for further information.

The Programme organises a series of high-level events and  meetings every year to discuss its research in relation to topical policy issues. For information on these and on joining the Programme’s group of Sponsors, please contact Anupama Sen.

The Programme is grateful to its existing Sponsors for their support, without which its research would not be possible.

Programme Sponsors

Enel Foundation
Falck Renewables
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
National Grid
Swedish Energy Agency

Latest Publications from the Electricity Research Programme

Latest Ongoing Research from the Electricity Research Programme

  • Managing common pool resources in electricity grids – the implications for planning and market design

    The modern grid relies upon a range of critical system-wide and local services to manage power system security.  Particular local services, such as system strength and voltage control, are increasingly in shortage as the grid shifts towards more variable and inverter-based sources.  From an economic perspective, these services could be viewed as common-pool resources and […]

    By: Farhad Billimoria Rahmat Poudineh

  • The welfare implications of transmission grid infrastructure investment in Germany

    This paper contains a macroeconomic assessment of flexibility provision to integrate large shares of variable renewable energy sources into a power system. In particular, macroeconomic implications of investments in power transmission and distribution grid infrastructure in Germany are assessed. Modifications and restructuring of the German power system are aiming at sustainability, security of supply and […]

    By: Lena Schreiner

  • Financing Renewables in the Post-Subsidy Era

    As mature renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaics and onshore wind have evolved from a high-cost to an ultra-low-cost energy resource, the government subsidies for them are being removed. This means these technologies can no longer rely on a guaranteed stream of revenue with the government as the counter-party to their long term contracts.  […]

    By: Joel Krupa Rahmat Poudineh