Journal Articles & Other Publications

OIES researchers publish in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as producing or authoring policy briefs, technical reports, and op-eds. Below is a selection of non-OIES publications by OIES staff.

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  • Decarbonisation of heat in Europe: implications for natural gas demand

    By: Anouk Honoré

    Decarbonization of energy systems has become a key topic in Europe as both the European Union and individual member states attempt to achieve goals set out at the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris. So far, the electricity sector has been the main focus of low-carbon policies, but if Europe is to meet its objectives, […]

  • Advancing renewable energy in resource rich economies of the MENA

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen , Bassam Fattouh

    As much of the world pushes ahead with the deployment of renewable energy, resource-rich economies of the Middle East and North Africa are lagging behind. This article contends that while the main obstacles to deployment of renewables are grid infrastructure inadequacy, insufficient institutional capacity, and risks and uncertainties, the investment incentives lie on a policy […]

  • The unknowns of the transition

    By: Bassam Fattouh , Rahmat Poudineh , Rob West

    Caught between the need to free their economies from reliance on oil revenues alone and the obligation to comply with a now burdensome social contract, Gulf countries are considering how and when to implement a transition that may not be entirely painless. Fattouh, B., Poudineh, R., and West, R. (2018). ‘The unknowns of the transition’, […]

  • Have model, will reform? Assessing the outcomes of electricity reforms in non-OECD Asia

    By: Anupama Sen

    Non-OECD Asian economies comprise about 34 per cent of world primary energy demand, 60 per cent of the world’s population, and 65 per cent of the world’s poor, and are expected to account for more than 60 per cent of the total increase in energy consumption between 2015 and 2040. Energy sector reforms in non-OECD Asia are thus significant for global energy use, […]

  • Policies to promote renewables in the Middle East and North Africa’s resource-rich economies

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen , Bassam Fattouh

    Hydrocarbon-rich countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been slow to adopt and scale up renewables. In addition to significant disincentives posed by general barriers to renewables deployment, countries in this region also face factors specific to their economic and political-economy contexts. Renewables have been ‘locked out’ of many of the region’s resource-rich […]

  • What is the right solution?

    By: Donna Peng , Rahmat Poudineh

    This article looks at ways that the European Union’s electricity market could be redesigned for a decarbonized future. Peng, D. and Poudineh, R. (2018). ‘What is the right solution?’, Petroleum Review, 72(851), 28–29.

  • Maintaining Indian momentum

    By: Anupama Sen

    This article predicted that energy demand would pick up in 2018 after faltering in 2017, and that sales of electric vehicles would rise. Sen, A. (2018, 23 January). ‘Maintaining Indian momentum’, Petroleum Economist Outlook, 2018.

  • Small systems, big targets: power sector reforms and renewable energy in small systems

    By: Anupama Sen

    There is some consensus that the traditional energy-only electricity markets, where prices are based on system marginal cost, cannot function efficiently with both fossil fuels and renewables, resulting in market disruptions and price volatility. Consequently, much attention has been focused on ways to integrate these different resources in larger and mature electricity systems, such as […]

  • India—the new demand-side dynamo

    By: Anupama Sen , Amrita Sen

    The oil market has been fixated on China. In 2017, it would have to start watching India and its booming consumer economy. Sen, A. and Sen, A. (2017, 16 November). ‘India—the new demand-side dynamo’, Petroleum Economist.

  • Rethinking electricity reform in Asia: balancing economic and environmental objectives

    By: Anupama Sen

    The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) or ‘standard’ model of electricity sector reform has been widely adopted in non-OECD Asian countries since the 1990s. However, despite two decades of attempts at reforms, no notable progress has been made towards the original objectives of reform. Whilst in OECD countries, reforms were implemented against excess […]

  • The tension between liberalization and decarbonization in the electricity sector: lessons from the case of Britain

    By: Rahmat Poudineh

    El plan original de la liberalización que consistía en una serie de mercados mayoristas diferenciados en el tiempo más el mercado al por menor, sufrió nuevos cambios debido a la intervención gubernamental directa. Poudineh, R. (2017, September). ‘The tension between liberalization and decarbonization in the electricity sector: lessons from the case of Britain’ [in Spanish], […]

  • Russia’s gas “triopoly”: implications of a changing gas sector structure

    By: James Henderson

    The growth strategies of the two largest so-called independent Russian gas producers—Novatek and Rosneft—as well as developments in international markets and changing domestic energy needs have put pressure on the present Russian gas sector model, dominated by Gazprom. The three companies are involved in a struggle over export liberalization as well as the conditions in […]