Electricity Programme

Electricity Programme

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:

  • market design, renewable integration and electricity networks;
  • carbon markets, carbon prices and energy sector fiscal policy;
  • decarbonisation of heat and transport and implications for the electricity sector.

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.

Programme Sponsors

Barclays, Cheniere, Enel Foundation, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Falck Renewables, Iberdrola, National Grid, Ofgem, OMV, RWE, Shell, SNAM, Swedish Energy Agency, Tellurian


Latest Publications from the Electricity Programme

Latest research from the Electricity Programme

  • DeDeterminants of WTP among energy poor households: implications for energy poverty frameworks and planning models

    Electrification rates in low income countries have faced steady improvements in the last few decades, with impressive technological advancements in both the grid and off-grid sectors.  Nonetheless, large-scale demand and supply-side challenges of electricity access and reliability persist through Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, putting into question the feasibility of universal electricity access by 2030. I […]

    By: Roxanne Rahnama

  • The welfare implications of transmission grid infrastructure investment in Germany

    This paper contains a macroeconomic assessment of flexibility provision to integrate large shares of variable renewable energy sources into a power system. In particular, macroeconomic implications of investments in power transmission and distribution grid infrastructure in Germany are assessed. Modifications and restructuring of the German power system are aiming at sustainability, security of supply and […]

    By: Lena Schreiner

  • Enabling Decentralised Flexibility in the Digital Age

    Decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation are three major pillars reshaping electricity systems; enabling consumers to monetise their flexible load and optimise their consumption, without necessarily sacrificing their comfort; with smart infrastructures, assisting utilities to improve their operational efficiency; and promoting active grid management by distribution system operators. However, existing market design and regulation has developed in […]

    By: Zheng Xu

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