Category Archives: Other papers-2015

Comment “Response to CMA on Supplemental Remedies” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild and the other former energy regulators recently submitted their response to CMA on Supplemental Remedies. In their response they argue that prohibiting Standard Variable Tariffs would overrule customer preferences. It would be better to promote more competition for SVTs. They also propose an alternative way forward, to recognise that the extent of Ofgem’s… Read more

Comment on effects of El Niño on CCTV America by K. Mohaddes

Kamiar Mohaddes, EPRG Associate Researcher, was interviewed by CCTV America News Channel on El Niño’s weather related impact on world business. His research on the topic was also mentioned in The Economist. To view the interview, please click here. To read the article, please click here.   Read more

Report “Regulation of Retail Energy Markets in the UK and Australia” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild published a report “Regulation of Retail Energy Markets in the UK and Australia” in a weekly energy newsletter of Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) on 15 October 2015. The full text of the report can be found here. You can also click here to read the introduction by Andrew Dillon, General Manager of Corporate… Read more

Comment “Snakes and Ladders: price controls and markets. What might the CMA’s provisional findings mean for retail markets in utility services?” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild, Fellow at Judge Business School and EPRG Associate Researcher, addressed the Indepen Forum on 29 September 2015 which was on the theme”Snakes and Ladders: price controls and markets. What might the CMA’s provisional findings mean for retail markets in utility services?” The full text of his opening remarks can be found here. Read more

Op-ed “Nord Stream: The Sequel” by C.K. Chyong and D. Reiner

Chi Kong Chyong and David Reiner published an article “Nord Stream: The Sequel” on 12 August 2015 in EUobserver, an independent online newspaper covering EU affairs and based in Brussels.  “The proposal to expand Nord Stream comes amid difficult negotiations on Turkish Stream, which, in December, replaced South Stream as the main transit proposal for… Read more

D. Reiner and C. K. Chyong quoted in “Nord Stream 2 Expansion to Face Political Hurdles”, Interfax Energy, 7 August 2015

David Reiner and Chi Kong Chyong were quoted in an article “Nord Stream 2 Expansion to Face Political Hurdles“, published by Annemarie Botzki on Interfax Energy website on 7 August 2015. “Nord Stream 2 would be cheaper because it is closer to the new Russian production base in Yamal, which would lower the cost of shipping gas to… Read more

Op-ed “Russia’s Gas Pipeline Strategy and Europe’s Alternatives” by C. K. Chyong

Chi Kong Chyong published an article “Russia’s Gas Pipeline Strategy and Europe’s Alternatives” on EurActiv.com – the leading online media on EU affaires, on July 3, 2015. “Strained relationships between EU and Russia due to the Ukrainian conflict forced Gazprom, Russia’s state gas monopolist, to abandon the idea of controlling pipelines “from wellhead to burner tip”. Gazprom’s new… Read more

Article “‘Goldilocks’ Energy Price Limit Doesn’t Bear Scrutiny” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild, Fellow at Judge Business School and EPRG Associate Researcher, published an article ‘Goldilocks’ Energy Price Limit Doesn’t Bear Scrutiny in The Telegraph newspaper. “Two cheers for the Competition and Markets Authority’s provisional findings in its energy market investigation. The first is for its comprehensive assessment of which aspects are a problem and which aren’t.… Read more

C.K. Chyong quoted in “Deeper Reforms Needed for Ukrainian Gas Market”, 12 June 2015

C. K. Chyong was quoted in an article “Deeper reforms needed for Ukrainian gas market” published in ICIS website newsletter – the world largest petrochemical market information provider that covers Energy among other subjects.   “The Ukraine’s new gas market law will have little impact on the transparency and efficiency of the country’s gas sector if… Read more

Op-ed “Brussels Blames Gazprom for Its Own Failings” by Pierre Noel

Pierre Noel, senior fellow for Economic and Energy Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore and Associate Researcher at EPRG, published an article “Brussels Blames Gazprom for Its Own Failings” in Financial Times on 29 April 2015.  “The Russian state-owed company stands accused of anti-competitive practices allowing it to charge “unfair prices” in several… Read more

C.K. Chyong quoted in “EU Importing More Russian Gas Ahead Of Winter “, Montel, 16 April 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in an article on Montel website – key information provider for the European energy markets in Norway, –  on reasons behind increasing purchases of Russian gas by European Union. “European buyers are playing “intertemporal arbitrage” whereby they dry up gas in their storage facilities and re-inject them when Russian gas prices are lower in… Read more

C. K. Chyong quoted in “Never Ending Story Of Opportunities: Caspian Blue Energy Is Salvation For EU”, Eurasia Review, 20 April 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in Eurasia Review, an independent on-line journal and think tank, on possibilities and challenges for Caspian countries, like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Iran, to be gas suppliers to the EU. The article also appeared in AzerNews and New Europe. “Azerbaijan is perhaps the only supplier in the region able to respond to the EU’s gas… Read more

C.K. Chyong quoted in “Turkish Stream Project Success Promises Benefits, Profits To Many South-Eastern EU States”, PenzaNews, 10 April 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in PenzaNews, an independent on-line news agency in Penza, Russia, on possible perspectives and benefits for Europe by using different gas suppliers, and on the outcomes if Turkish Stream is built in full. “Co-existence between the two (gas suppliers from Russia and Azerbaijan) is not an issue, at least for Europe as the clients… Read more

Op-ed “Time for ‘tough love’ in EU-Ukraine energy relations” by C.K. Chyong and D. Reiner

CK Chyong and D. Reiner published an article “Time for ‘tough love’ in EU-Ukraine energy relations” in Europe’s World policy journal. Published every 4 months, Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 150-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. “If the EU is too forgiving in its… Read more

Article “Power to the Poor” by M. Bazilian

Morgan Bazilian, Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank and Associate Researcher at EPRG, published an article on world energy poverty in Foreign Affairs magazine. “Some two billion people lack electricity outright or have poor-quality service, and nearly three billion rely on dirty fuels, such as firewood and animal dung, for cooking and heating. Nearly 90 percent of… Read more

C.K. Chyong quoted in “How’s European Gas Race Going?”, AzerNews, 17 March 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in AzerNews, daily newspaper in Azerbaijan, on his perception about different suppliers of gas to Europe, including Caspian Region, as a solution to EU energy problem due to the crisis in Ukraine. “The Turkish Stream is as about bypassing Ukraine as it is about foreclosing competition from Caspian gas, particular coming from Azerbaijan and… Read more

Op-ed “Does Russia’s Turkey pipeline make sense?” by Chi Kong Chyong

Chi-Kong Chyong, a Research Associate at the Energy Policy Research Group (ERPG) investigates Russia’s recent abandonment of “South Stream” in favour of “Turkish Stream” and what this means to European energy market. Read the full article in the Brussels-based online EUobserver newspaper, Read more

Creation of a gas hub in Turkey for Gazprom deliveries to Europe may change the Europeans’ view of the country, as well as trigger the rise of energy bills

Creation of a gas hub in Turkey for Gazprom deliveries to Europe may change the Europeans’ view of the country, as well as trigger the rise of energy bills, the analysts of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge expressed their opinion to Sputnik Thursday   Read more

EPRG research on energy market regulation was singled out as one of the Cambridge University’s leading impact studies

Research from Cambridge Judge Business School’s Dr Michael Pollitt and Dr Stephen Littlechild has been instrumental in developing a new system of regulation which encourages engagement with customers. Dr Pollitt and Dr Littlechild’s involvement provided credibility to Ofgem’s ‘very significant’ RPI‐X@20 review of network prices. Energy network charges make up around 20 per cent of… Read more