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.
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, […]
The ECJ’s recent annulment of a 2014 decision by the European Commission not to raise objections to the aid scheme for the capacity market in the United Kingdom has highlighted some of the challenges faced by governments in implementing centralised capacity mechanisms to respond to shortfalls in the market provision of electricity. There are also […]
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 […]
The debate around electricity market design to date has focused on wholesale markets, largely ignoring end users and the retail business. Over the last two decades many jurisdictions around the world have opened up their retail electricity businesses to competition, to enable greater consumer choice. However, retail choice and competition has not benefited all users. […]
New OIES paper looks at LNG projects vying for FID in 2019-20, reviews 5 areas, costs and competitiveness, and the… https://t.co/pz3UDcUcQU
Outlook for Competitive LNG Supply https://t.co/qmG43CklMw
OIES’s @thierry_bros to explain how LNG supply and storage could mitigate the risk of no transit contract in Ukrain… https://t.co/Wl5aj4bEM8