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.
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.
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Swedish Energy Agency
The learning curve – a concept that relates historically observed cost reductions to the number of units produced or cumulatively installed capacity – has been widely adopted to analyse the technological progress and adoption of renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind power. Learning curves are also used as inputs in energy system models. […]
The learning curve concept, which relates historically observed reductions in the cost of a technology to the number of units produced or the capacity cumulatively installed, has been widely adopted to analyse the technological progress of renewable resources, such as solar PV and wind power, and to predict their future penetration. The observed relationship has […]
PPAs are not a new phenomenon but have come to take on a new shape in the Nordic markets, tied to new renewable power installations, as government support schemes have been phased out. This paper identifies a logic behind entering into long-term renewable PPAs for both buyers and sellers, as well as for investors. This […]
Despite the accelerating drive for decarbonization and gains in emission reduction from the uptake of renewables and energy efficiency policies, there is growing debate around the argument that ‘full decarbonization’ required to achieve net zero targets may not be achievable under the current linear economic paradigm. So long as economies continue to grow and carbon-intensive […]
This report introduces European legislation on energy communities and then analyzes Spain’s progress in implementing the legislation. Following the introduction, the report offers an economic framework for assessing the degree to which national legislation on energy communities aligns the incentives of the energy community with the interests of the electricity system and all consumers. In […]
This paper focuses on the need to develop Demand-Side Flexibility (DSF) to support the penetration of wind and solar power. This need reflects the intermittency of these renewable energy sources and the fact that they displace firm and flexible power sources in the merit order. Fortunately, the development of digitalized distributed energy resources between consumers’ […]
In a new Podcast, OIES electricity researchers discuss why the 'learning curve' has limitations in forecasting the… https://t.co/xAamEshBxK
This month’s issue of the OIES Oil Monthly features @michalmei in the In Focus piece arguing that the Year of the O… https://t.co/nHEExJFc4S
New Oxford Energy Podcast - A critical assessment of learning curves for solar and wind power technologies -… https://t.co/Q32pMeCsP8
On March 1st, Dr Vitaly Yermakov, Senior Research Fellow at OIES, shared his views at the expert discussion “Gas Pi… https://t.co/8IMXUuwIX9