Research

The following provides summaries of the research in progress by staff of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. The Institute’s unique multidisciplinary expertise allows it to examine the economics, the politics and the sociology of energy with a focus on oil and natural gas.

The specific subjects of research in progress, while set within these broad lines, necessarily reflects the particular research capacities, skills and interests of the research fellows.

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  • An appraisal of the CfD auctions in the UK

    By: Marijke Welisch

    The UK CfD auction scheme to support renewable energy investment provides an interesting research subject. In the second auction round, in 2017, unexpected low price levels for the less mature technologies, especially offshore wind, have been observed. Costs of offshore wind have been on a descending cost trajectory but there might be also other reasons […]

  • Analysis of the issues raised in the Helm Review

    By: Malcolm Keay

    The Helm Review of The Cost of Energy (which in practice focused on electricity) was published in October 2017.  It contained a penetrating analysis of the political and technical challenges facing the UK electricity industry and a number of radical proposals for reform.  In doing so it raised some fundamental issues about the industry’s future, […]

  • The role of auctions in electricity systems

    By: Malcolm Keay , David Robinson

    Auctions are increasingly being used for the procurement of new services and resources within electricity systems.  For instance, auctions are now a standard means of promoting renewables; capacity auctions are being introduced in many countries; tenders for specialised services (like black start and frequency response) are commonly employed by grid operators; and the recent Helm […]

  • The role of centralised coordination in electricity markets

    By: Rahmat Poudineh

    It is well accepted that markets are the most effective arena for organising productive activities. In the liberalisation of electricity sectors the role for government was envisioned as that of the “night watchman” that intervenes in the market only when the latter fails to allocate scare resources efficiently or when the operation of the market […]

  • Investigating the Relevance of Market Model Power Sector Reforms – 30 Years On

    By: Anupama Sen , Rahmat Poudineh , Catrina Godinho , Anton Eberhard

    This paper provides a critical review of the economic basis of the OECD power sector model, interrogating its relevance for desired sector outcomes in both developed and developing countries. The paper finds that the OECD model – as well as the related non-OECD standard model – has not been implemented in its ideal form in […]

  • A System Dynamics model of gas and power interdependence: the case of the United Kingdom

    By: Donna Peng , Rahmat Poudineh

    The increasing dominance of natural gas in power generation in the UK since the 1990s has led to growing interdependence between its gas and power sectors. From the perspective of the power sector, the security of supply of the natural gas industry has implications on the security of supply of the power industry. Following the […]

  • Marginal Efficiency Effect of Environmental Variables: The Case of the Norwegian Electricity Distribution Networks

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen

    Efficiency analysis lies at the heart of incentive-based regulation of electricity distribution networks. Most regulatory authorities have graduated from using exclusively ex ante (rate of return based) reviews of firms’ expenditures to relying also on ex post assessments of their costs – the latter are underpinned by benchmarking techniques (Poudineh and Jamasb, 2014). However, an […]

  • Public Opposition to Energy Infrastructures Development: An Economic Perspective

    By: Rahmat Poudineh

    The infrastructural developments such as power grid, waste disposal facilities, wind farms, landfill, hydraulic fracturing, nuclear power plants etc. have an overall social benefit, distributed across the country, yet their deployment and operation incur a cost to the local communities living in the developments’ proximity. This problem which is traditionally termed NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) is becoming […]

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