Electricity Research 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;
  • electricity pricing, electricity access 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.

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.

Programme Sponsors

Cheniere
Enel Foundation
Eni
Equinor
Falck Renewables
Iberdrola
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
National Grid
Ofgem
OMV
RWE
Shell
SNAM
Swedish Energy Agency
Tellurian

Latest Publications from the Electricity Research Programme

  • The electricity market design for decentralized flexibility sources

    In order to enable cost-effective renewable energy integration and realize decarbonization targets, the power system requires the efficient utilization of resources  on both sides of the market and not just on the supply side. This paper aims to deconstruct the complexity of electricity market design in light of the growing importance of  decentralized flexibility and related current developments.  The […]

    By: Zheng Xu

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  • Determinants of WTP among energy-poor households: Implications for planning models and frameworks

    Electrification rates in low-income countries have faced steady improvements in the last few decades, with impressive technological advances having been made in both grid and off-grid electricity supply channels. Nonetheless, the persistent demand- and supply-side challenges of electricity access and reliability, predominantly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, reduce the feasibility of universal electricity access by […]

    By: Roxanne Rahnama

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  • Oxford Energy Podcast – The Limit of Auctions

    The deployment of auctions in electricity systems has been spreading rapidly in many countries across the world to the extent that it may be regarded as normal practice in some contexts – such as the procurement of new conventional generation capacity and renewable energy sources – and that further extensions into other areas – like […]

    By: OIES

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Latest research from the Electricity Research Programme