The Electricity Research Programme focuses on fundamental issues including re-design of electricity markets to integrate zero marginal cost renewables, regulation of electricity networks to accommodate variable supply/demand and incentivizing efficient investment and identifying conditions for efficient growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), activating demand side flexibility and consumer participation in the electricity market.
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 Rahmat Poudineh.
The Programme is grateful to its existing Sponsors for their support, without which its research would not be possible.
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, UK (DESNZ)
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Swedish Energy Agency
Today many of the world’s largest electric grids are facing new challenges in sustaining the levels of reliability that made electrification indispensable. In addition to those physical challenges of reliability have been challenges of imagination and policy. In the past, reliability often turned on the question of what happened if a key power plant or […]
In this extended podcast, Rob Gross, Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Malcolm Keay of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies discuss the possible reform of UK electricity markets following the UK Government’s ‘Review of Electricity Market Arrangements’. The discussion draws on Professor Gross’s article ‘Arguing over the fundamentals of market reform is […]
In this podcast, David Ledesma talks to Frank Felder about how Incorporating Consumer Reliability and permitting customers to adjust their electricity consumption, based on system condition, can reduce costs and improve system reliability. Power outages and major blackouts are widespread, affecting hundreds of millions globally. There are concerns about the reliability of the electric power […]
The Power sector in Pakistan is currently facing severe problems in the form of rising electricity prices and mounting circular debt. One of the major reasons is the underutilization of take-or-pay contract power plants that incur huge capacity payments. The share of capacity charge in the final consumer tariff has increased from 18% in 2015 […]
Energy systems are undergoing radical changes as part of their modernisation process worldwide. For instance, the increased levels of penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as distributed generation, electric vehicles, demand response and storage devices transform distribution systems from energy supply to energy production/supply points and pave the way to a more decentralised power […]
Technological innovation and ongoing decarbonization are introducing new energy conversion technologies into energy systems. Decentralization furthermore enables new supply paths. These new and alternative conversion options and supply paths foster substitutability between energy vectors and thus potentially raise competition between different network infrastructures. In a net-zero future, the demand for vehicle fuel, for example, can […]