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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  • An appraisal of investment vehicles in the Tanzania’s electricity sector

    By: Donna Peng , Rahmat Poudineh

    Investment in Tanzania’s electricity sector can be made through five different vehicles: the state-owned utility company TANESCO, independent power producers, emergency power producers, small power producers, and public–private partnerships. This article examines the role and performance of these vehicles, in light of the massive power infrastructure investment needs in Tanzania. It analyses the investment vehicles’ […]

  • Economics of Offshore Wind Power: Challenges and Policy Considerations

    By: Rahmat Poudineh

    This book provides an overview of the policy frameworks that have been employed to support offshore wind power, and their efficacy in nurturing sustainable cost reductions across the industry. A growing number of countries are increasingly receptive to the prospect of implementing policies to support the deployment of large-scale renewable energy. The promise of carbon-free, […]

  • A brief political economy of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa

    By: Bassam Fattouh , Laura El-Katiri

    Energy subsidies are among the most pervasive and controversial fiscal policy tools used in the Middle East and North Africa. In a region with few functioning social welfare systems, subsidized energy prices continue to form an important social safety net, albeit a highly costly and inefficient one. In the region’s oil- and gas-producing countries, low […]

  • Market design for a decarbonised electricity market: the “two market” approach

    By: Malcolm Keay , David Robinson

    The profound transformation of the European electricity system is putting into question the design of the electricity markets that emerged during the restructuring of the 1990s and early 2000s. The need for decarbonization and the wave of innovation in ICT are affecting the optimal functioning of those markets. New options, such as the ‘privatization’ of […]

  • Russia’s energy relations in southeastern Europe: an analysis of motives in Bulgaria and Greece

    By: James Henderson

    Although officially Russian state-owned energy companies operate as independent entities, their actions often lead to suspicion that they are acting as a tool of Russian state foreign policy. Countries on the southeastern borders of Europe, Bulgaria and Greece, are prime examples of where this might be the case, since they not only have a central […]

  • Russia’s Middle East Energy diplomacy

    By: James Henderson , Ahmed Mehdi

    The Kremlin has turned its foreign policy strategy back to an old Soviet source of geopolitical influence—the Middle East. The United States’ decision to abandon its role as regional underwriter in chief over the course of Barack Obama’s second presidential term, as evidenced by a series of U-turns on Syria and the decision to indirectly […]

  • Saudi Arabia: the operative word is austerity

    By: Bassam Fattouh

    Is the Saudi local-market oil demand winding down? Since 2015 it has slowed, culminating in the large 2016 recession, and the motives are both cyclical and structural. Fattouh, B. (2017). ‘Saudi Arabia: the operative word is austerity’, World Energy.

  • Business model for cross-border interconnections in the Mediterranean basin

    By: Rahmat Poudineh

    Given the complementarity of electricity systems in the north and south Mediterranean basin, greater integration and trade can help achieve national and regional energy policy objectives of security of supply, cost optimization, and sustainability. However, issues such as different electricity market structures, regulatory and institutional diversity, and disparate levels of political stability make investment in […]

  • The next move

    By: Bassam Fattouh

    Undertaking the biggest economic transformation in its history while attempting to gauge the constantly shifting dynamics of the oil and energy markets, the Saudi Kingdom faces key decisions in the year to come. Fattouh, B. (2017). ‘The next move’, World Energy.

  • What outlook for European gas demand? an overview of possible scenarios

    By: Anouk Honoré

    This chapter explores in detail the challenges which the European gas markets currently face, and the opportunities they present. Honoré, A. (2017). ‘What outlook for European gas demand? an overview of possible scenarios’, in Hafner, M. and Tagliapietra, S. (eds.), The European Gas Markets: Challenges and Opportunities, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Closing Coal in China: International Experiences to Inform Power Sector Reform

    By: David Robinson , Xin Li

    This report addresses two issues related to coal-fired generation: how selected countries in the European Union and North America are making the transition away from unabated coal-fired power, and what reforms could ease a similar transition in China. It concentrates on coal-fired generation, not on the mining of coal, its industrial use, or the political […]

  • Electricity supply interruptions: sectoral interdependencies and the cost of energy not served for the Scottish economy

    By: Rahmat Poudineh

    Modern economies and infrastructure sectors rely on secure electricity supplies. Due to sectoral interdependencies, major interruptions cause cascading effects in the economy. This article investigates the economic effects of major power supply disruptions, taking such interdependencies into account. The authors apply a dynamic inoperability input-output model to 101 sectors, including households, of the Scottish economy […]