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.
Australia’s National Electricity Market is an important global test case of the impacts of electricity sector transition in a large-scale liberalized energy-only market. The integration of variable and distributed energy resources has provided opportunities for clean, low-cost generation, but has also challenged existing market frameworks and resulted in a debate about the necessity for new […]
In the face of challenges to energy-only market design under the electricity sector transition, an option considered by many jurisdictions is to incorporate some form of centralized capacity mechanism to respond to shortfalls in the market provision. For example, the UK government has already introduced a formal capacity market. In Germany and Belgium, strategic reserve […]
The European Commission launched the revision process for phase IV of the EU ETS in 2015, at a moment when the carbon price generated by the system was at a relative low, compared to previous levels and expectations. The final agreement on the revision package, adopted in early 2018, defines the EU ETS rules for […]
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 […]
This research focuses on the role and utilisation of scenarios in European electricity policy. Through locating scenarios in the EU decision-making cycle and relating them to European energy and climate goals the research determines how these scenarios inform European policymakers in their decisions. Alexander examines the European Network of Transmission System Operators’ (ENTSO-E) Ten-Year-Network-Development-Plan (TYNDP) […]
The Helm Review of The Cost of Energy (which in practice focused on electricity) was published in October 2017. It contained a penetrating analysis of the political and technical challenges facing the UK electricity industry and a number of radical proposals for reform. In doing so it raised some fundamental issues about the industry’s future, […]
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