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 provide an extended comparison of the measures taken by the UK and Spain in support of the decarbonisation of their electricity sectors. This short article draws on the results of that study. The background is that the EU is aiming for an Energy Union; member states have common targets; and the Commission […]
In a recent paper we provide a comprehensive analysis of the gas to power supply chains in Nigeria and Bangladesh. This short article draws on the results of that study. In response to the dual challenge of decarbonisation and advancing energy access, some developing countries that are endowed with domestic natural gas resources have embarked […]
Renewables in the resource-rich countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are inconsequential contributors to regional total primary energy supply, but recent project developments and overt support from a range of influential regional actors suggest a general trend towards a more environmentally sustainable electricity supply. This trend is driven just as much by […]
Electricity markets are not natural, they are designed and not technology-neutral. On one hand, the design is informed by the underlying properties of the production/exchange that the market is supposed to coordinate (existing technical fundamentals), on the other hand, once formalized, a historical design can advantage technologies based on which it was designed at the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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