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.
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.
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 Anupama Sen.
The Programme is grateful to its existing Sponsors for their support, without which its research would not be possible.
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Swedish Energy Agency
The UK Government’s net-zero carbon objective has stimulated thinking about the technical options for decarbonizing heat. Less attention has been paid to the policy challenges the goal involves, and in particular the need for a system-wide approach to policy making. This would require a fundamental change in the Government’s policy paradigm and the use of […]
The retail electricity market, as the key link between end users and the wider electricity system, play a significant role throughout the power sector. This paper argues that the reference design of the retail market in the post liberalization era has not only failed to achieve its original objectives but has also proved to be […]
The electricity consumer is critical to the success of decarbonization. Yet, the economic signals that consumers receive in many countries are likely to discourage efficient decisions and could slow decarbonization or unnecessarily raise the costs. This Insight emphasizes the importance of encouraging only efficient consumer decisions, in particular with respect to investment and use of […]
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 […]
As mature renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaics and onshore wind have evolved from a high-cost to an ultra-low-cost energy resource, the government subsidies for them are being removed. This means these technologies can no longer rely on a guaranteed stream of revenue with the government as the counter-party to their long term contracts. […]
The electricity market is experiencing a rapid shift away from traditional synchronous and dispatchable forms of generation, towards increasingly asynchronous and variable generation. The market and dispatch challenges relating to this transition can be broadly categorised into either (i) system energy balancing a high share of variable generation sources and (ii) the challenge of maintaining system […]
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