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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  • Meeting Peak Heat Demand

    By: Malcolm Keay

    Previous OIES research on heat has identified meeting peak heat demand as one of the key challenges for energy decarbonisation. This study will look at some particular aspects of the issue in more detail: First, it will consider possible future developments in the peakiness of heat demand, including such factors as government policy, building and […]

  • Fiscal Policy for Decarbonisation of Energy in Europe, with a Focus on Urban Transport: Case Study and Proposal for Spain

    By: David Robinson , Pedro Linares

    In this paper, we argue that fiscal policy in Europe is not aligned with decarbonisation and propose reforms to improve the alignment. We also report on a case study carried out to model the impact of implementing a version of the proposed fiscal reform in Spain. That case study illustrates that this fiscal reform is […]

  • The Liberalisation of the Gas and Electricity Market in Peninsular Malaysia: New Market Structures and the Roles of Market Players

    By: Maggie Kumar

    Malaysia is currently aiming to create a competitive gas and electricity market through restructuring, privatisation and creating a platform for the entry of new market players. The establishment of the independent regulatory institution and amendment of the gas and electricity legislations are some of the initiatives taken to facilitate the gas and electricity market reform. […]

  • Gas and Renewables in the Future Electricity Mix: Friends or Foes?

    By: Anouk Honoré , Anupama Sen

    Policy targets on complete decarbonization of the electricity sector have significant implications for the role of gas in the future electricity mix. Historical data from Europe shows that renewables have increased most rapidly within electricity in those countries which had the highest ability to integrate them, primarily through the presence of fossil fuel backup. However, […]

  • Consumer Participation in Electricity Markets: Assessing Evidence on Rationality and Consumer Choice

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen

    Government targets on decarbonisation are transforming the way in which the electricity sector and electricity markets are organised. The sector is expected to become more decentralised, with new technologies expected to enable direct consumer participation in markets on a large scale, enabling demand-side response – the latter could serve to curb the need for new […]

  • Iranian energy after the reimposition of US sanctions

    By: David Ramin Jalilvand

    Iran is once more confronted with sanctions. Since November 2018, in an attempt to impose “maximum economic pressure” on the country, the US has been targeting the Iranian energy industry and other sectors of the economy. Sanctions also apply to energy trade and economic relations between Iran and third countries. The effects of US sanctions […]

  • Adoption of Renewable Electricity and Energy Storage in MENA

    By: Jonathan Walters

    The proposal is to write a series of papers around the theme of how well-adapted MENA institutions and sector governance are to undertaking and facilitating an economically-optimal energy transition, in the face of increasingly disruptive technologies in the electricity sector (particularly solar, windpower, and energy storage).  By “disruptive” technologies it is meant those technologies whose […]

  • Determinants of willingness to pay (WTP) among energy poor households: implications for energy poverty frameworks and planning models

    By: Roxanne Rahnama

    Electrification rates in low income countries have faced steady improvements in the last few decades, with impressive technological advancements in both the grid and off-grid sectors.  Nonetheless, large-scale demand and supply-side challenges of electricity access and reliability persist through Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, putting into question the feasibility of universal electricity access by 2030. I […]

  • The welfare implications of transmission grid infrastructure investment in Germany

    By: Lena Schreiner

    This paper contains a macroeconomic assessment of flexibility provision to integrate large shares of variable renewable energy sources into a power system. In particular, macroeconomic implications of investments in power transmission and distribution grid infrastructure in Germany are assessed. Modifications and restructuring of the German power system are aiming at sustainability, security of supply and […]

  • Natural Gas in Taiwan: Key Challenges and New Narrative beyond 2025

    By: Chung-Han Yang

    This research aims to examine whether natural gas can and will become a much more substantial energy source in Taiwan. An assessment will be conducted on Taiwan’s policy and regulatory frameworks for market liberalisation, LNG trade and energy innovation (especially biogas, biomethane, Power-to-Gas (P2G) and other storage technologies). It seeks to anticipate new patterns in […]

  • Gulf NOC strategies in Asia

    By: Loftur Thorarinsson

    Confronted with slowing demand for crude oil, NOCs are increasingly diversifying from the upstream and investing in the downstream sector both in their home markets and in consuming countries to ensure market share. Already more than 75 percent of Gulf NOC oil exports are destined for Asian markets, and more than 70 percent of new […]

  • 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 […]

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