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:
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.
For information on how to join 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.
This paper looks at the deployment of auctions in electricity systems, and in particular at the predominant form of auction currently in use: a ‘one-sided’ auction in which a central purchaser, usually acting as an agent of the government, acquires new capacity for the purposes of meeting carbon targets or securing reliability. The use of […]
The contract for difference (CfD) auctions are the cornerstone of the UK electricity sector’s decarbonization policy and were introduced as part of the Electricity Market Reform in 2013. The CfD auctions appear to have been successful in achieving low bids for low-carbon technologies, especially offshore wind power. However, the design of the auction increases the […]
The transformation of the European Union’s energy sector poses a number of challenges to the European electricity system. Above all, both the anticipated increase of intermittent electricity from renewable sources and the completion of the internal energy market while guaranteeing a secure supply require an extensive development of electricity infrastructure at the European level. Nevertheless, […]
In a previous publication in October 2018, we introduced a new electricity market design based on reliability insurance that works as an overlay over the existing energy-only electricity markets. An insurance based market disaggregates energy and reliability and utilises consumer preference and price signal to drive capacity deployment in the power sector. While conceptually attractive, […]
In an effort to increase oil export revenue and to meet local electricity demands, the Kuwaiti government is planning to replace the majority of crude and petroleum products with imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in its power generation by 2030. The basic motivation for this plan is that it will enable freeing crude and petroleum […]
This paper addresses the question of how distribution fixed costs can best be priced, in the context of technological disruptions in the power sector. The vast majority of network utility costs to serve residential and small commercial and industrial customers are fixed, and this means a first-best solution is unattainable. This is because distribution is […]
A review of a new OIES paper on oil market conditions and Saudi Arabia’ balancing act: The extent of dislocations i… https://t.co/n8EFPraNEj
Jonathan Stern on the latest Groningen earthquake: I think it is likely to accelerate even further the phase-out of… https://t.co/d1tGcAIAjp
About 43% of the industrial gas demand in Europe could, in theory, decline in the 2020s as a result of decarbonizat… https://t.co/0iMqP4dCsd