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.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) or ‘standard’ model of electricity sector reforms 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 […]
Russian exports of gas to Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union provide the Kremlin with a useful political lever, and amid the current crisis in Ukraine, many in the European Union (EU) would describe this lever as a potential weapon. However, this article argues that any threat is based on commercial and contractual […]
As intermittent renewable resources gain more share in the generation mix, the need for power system flexibility increases more than ever. Parallel to this, technological change and the emergence of new players bringing about innovative solutions are boosting the development of flexibility-enabling business models, adding new activities to the existing supply chain. This chapter reviews […]
Gazprom enjoys a dominant and privileged position in the Russian energy sector, and indeed in the economy as a whole. This article analyses the company’s failure to achieve the Russian state’s objectives for the country to become a force in the global LNG (liquefied natural gas) market. Has it weakened the company’s standing relative to […]
Ghana’s electricity generation capacity is currently insufficient to meet demand, making power outages and load shedding common. The resulting impact is potentially devastating for the country’s growth prospects. Traditionally, lack of an affordable and reliable fuel supply for power generation, coupled with ineffective institutions and an unfavourable investment climate, have resulted in Ghana’s electricity sector […]
The lack of a clear legal framework for foreign investors is holding back planning for Lebanon’s extensive exploitation of gas fields, while neighbour-rivals such as Israel move forward. Fattouh, B. (2016). ‘The energy of Lebanon’s dreams’, World Energy.
Given its highly undiversified economic base, maximizing revenues will always rank highly in Saudi Arabia’s output decision. However, this objective needs to be balanced against another—maintaining its share in key markets and maximizing long-term revenue—given the massive size of Saudi Arabia’s reserves. The trade-off between these two objectives tends to change over time, depending on […]
Investment in electricity networks, as regulated natural monopolies, is among the highest regulatory and energy policy priorities. Electricity sector regulators adopt different incentive mechanisms to ensure that the firms undertake sufficient investment to maintain and modernize the grid. Thus, an effective regulatory treatment of investment requires an understanding of the response of companies to the […]
This chapter reviews the main challenges facing electricity distribution network utilities along technological, economic, and social dimensions. It also discusses the implications of challenges ahead for network utilities and provides some insights into the likely features of their future business models. Poudineh, R., Tobiasson, W., and Jamasb, T. (2015). ‘Electricity distribution utilities and the future: […]
Following the liberalization of the electricity industry since the early 1990s, many sector regulators have adopted incentive regulation aided by benchmarking and productivity analysis. This approach has often resulted in improved efficiency and quality of service. However, there remains a growing concern as to whether the utilities invest sufficiently and efficiently in maintaining and modernizing […]
Sandwiched between volatile oil prices and a lack of cohesion within OPEC, Saudi Arabia has favoured maintaining market share over maximizing revenue. Fattouh, B. and Sen, A. (2015, July). ‘When looks are deceiving’, Oil Magazine, 29, 40–43.
To help meet its growing energy requirements, India has entered into agreements with several countries for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The operationalization of several of these agreements required India to adopt legislation on civil liability for nuclear damage, to bring it in line with prevailing international standards on nuclear liability. In this context, […]
China: Key Themes for 2020 https://t.co/wiX3Ftmyw4
OIES study quoted in Forbes on the risks to the Future Of Iraq’s Oil Production Growth as US-Iran tensions escalate https://t.co/VEIE0swSYI
Meidan quoted on the US-China agreement & impact on crude flows: Ramping up imports of U.S. crude will be challengi… https://t.co/EUE5hX8RXP
Shehabi’s article in Energy Policy investigates the linkages between energy subsidy reform and accelerating econom… https://t.co/jK3lZ7Zrcw