The OIES Electricity Research Programme was established in 2015. The Programme seeks to inform public and private sector decision-making through improved understanding of the electricity supply chain, drawing on economics and other social sciences. Our analysis of the wider implications of electricity sector developments is strengthened by the Institute’s expertise in fossil fuel markets and energy policies in most regions of the world.
The electricity research programme studies public policy, regulation and markets, along with the implications for end-users, companies and their business strategies.
With that focus, our research concentrates on two broad themes.
OIES electricity research is disseminated via dedicated research papers published by its core staff as well as by external contributing authors.
OIES is currently expanding its research on electricity and welcomes expressions of interest in its work, including from researchers who would like to contribute. For further information about the programme or to express an interest in contributing, please write to Rahmat Poudineh, Lead Senior Research Fellow.
We have designed a multi-year research project that that will study the worldwide transformation of the electricity sector, with particular emphasis on two trends, decarbonisation and decentralisation.
Research focuses on the role and design of public policy, regulation and markets needed to support the transition, as well as the implications for end-users, companies and their business strategies.
Europe is the main focus of the Project in year one (2017). Going forward, work on Europe will continue, and research streams for other regions will be added including the US, China, India, Latin America and MENA.
We would like to thank the sponsors who have already joined this Project and invite new sponsors to apply to join. We welcome expressions of interest from traditional and new energy companies, market operators, policy makers, energy consumers, transport companies and providers of information technology and finance.
For details on the Project and on how to become a sponsor, please write to Rahmat Poudineh, Lead Senior Research Fellow.
In a recent paper we investigate the problem of incentivising flexibility in electricity markets. As the share of intermittent renewable energy increases in the generation mix, power systems are exposed to greater levels of uncertainty and risk, which requires planners, policy and business decision makers to incentivise flexibility, that is: their adaptability to unforeseen variations […]
In order to fulfil its aspiration to become a middle-income country, Tanzania is working on improving infrastructure and service delivery in electricity provision, where $40 billion investment is needed in the sector to meet rising demand and widening electrification efforts from 2013 to 2035. This paper considers the institutional arrangements for investment in Tanzania’s power […]
The complementarity between electricity systems of the north and south Mediterranean basin along with the need for diversification of energy resources and optimisation of energy systems are among the reasons for greater electricity trade and cross-border integration in the region. However, development of cross-border interconnection in the Mediterranean basin requires a business model which provides […]
This research paper will argue that the current fiscal treatment of energy in many EU countries is distorting competition in final energy markets and raising the cost of decarbonisation. There are two central problems. The first is that many countries have not introduced taxation of environmental externalities (CO2, NOx, SO2, other particulates), notably in transport […]
Nigeria and Bangladesh are two populous countries (ranked respectively 7th and 8th in the world) which have adopted a domestic natural-gas centred power generation strategy. This warrants a close look at the gas-to-power supply chains in these two countries in particular, because their sheer size makes them intrinsically important. Understanding the experiences of Nigeria and Bangladesh can […]
All parts of the energy sector are being affected by decarbonisation but none more so than electricity, where the most far-reaching policy interventions have taken place. That raises challenges of a general nature (e.g. how to reconcile liberalisation and decarbonisation) and in designing the immediate policy measures themselves (e.g. support for renewables). But perhaps the […]
OIES study quoted: Politicization of EC rules on OPAL threatens undermining credibility of EU regulatory framework https://t.co/oFDSvn9Oxq
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