Category Archives: Working Papers 2009

EPRG 0934

Karsten Neuhoff, Morgan Bazilian, Jean Charles Hourcade, Adam Rysanek, Simone Cooper, Ilian Iliev, Anoop Singh, Aaron Cosbey, Helen Jackson, Judith Sykes, Heleen de Coninck, Tim Laing, Frauke Urban, Max Edkins, Sarah Lester, Marcia Valle Real, Sam Fankhauser Haraldo, Machado Filho, John Ward, William Gboney, Andrew Marquard, Harald Winkler, Emmanuel Guerin, Ranjita Rajan, Sara Wolcott, Xiliang Zhang

ISDA Policy Summary Report

EPRG 0934 Non-Technical Summary | PDF

Abstract:  This report contains a summary of the International Support for Domestic Action project It combined workshops and case studies from five developing countries with assessments of mechanisms and institutional structures to explore how international cooperation can increase the scale, scope and speed of implementing policies with climate co-benefits.

Keywords:  Low-carbon development, mitigation, low-carbon technology

EPRG 0933

Karsten Neuhoff, Sam Fankhauser, Emmanuel Guerin, Jean Charles Hourcade, Helen Jackson, Ranjita Rajan, John Ward Structuring International Financial Support for Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries EPRG 0933 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Neuhoff, K, Fankhauser, S, Guerin, E, Hourcade, J.C., Jackson, H, Rajan, R, Ward, J, “Structuring International Financial Support for Climate… Read more

EPRG 0932

Karsten Neuhoff, Simone Cooper, Tim Laing, Sarah Lester, Adam Rysanek Indicator Choices and Tradeoffs: Facilitating the Success of International Climate Policies and Projects EPRG 0932 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract:  To inform the question of whether current monitoring and reporting structure under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can effectively support successful… Read more

EPRG 0931

Ilian Iliev & Karsten Neuhoff Intellectual Property: Cross-licensing, Patent Pools and Cooperative Standards as a Channel for Climate Change Technology Cooperation EPRG 0931 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Iliev, I. and Neuhoff, K., (2009), “Intellectual property: Cross-licensing, Patent Pools and Cooperative Standards as a Channel for Climate Change Technology Cooperation”. Climate Strategies Paper:… Read more

EPRG 0930

Bruce Mountain and Stephen Littlechild Comparing electricity distribution network costs and revenues in New South Wales and Great Britain EPRG 0930 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Mountain, Bruce & Littlechild, Stephen (2010), “Comparing electricity distribution network costs and revenues in New South Wales and Great Britain”, Energy Policy Volume 38, Issue 10, October,… Read more

EPRG 0929

Michael G.Pollitt Electricity Liberalisation in the European Union: A Progress Report EPRG 0929 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Pollitt, M.G. (2009),”Electricity Liberalisation in the European Union: A Progress Report”, Mercato Concorrenza Regole 3/2009, pp.497-523 Abstract: It is around 5 years since my colleague, Tooraj Jamasb, and I reviewed the EU’s progress with electricity… Read more

EPRG 0928

Aoife Brophy Haney, Ian W.Jones and Michael G. Pollitt UK retailers and climate change: The role of partnership in climate strategies EPRG 0928 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: More and more companies in the UK are developing strategies to address the challenges of climate change. We focus on the UK retail sector and explore the… Read more

EPRG 0927

Steven J Steer, William J Nuttall, Geoffrey T Parks and Leonardo VN Gonçalves Predicting the Cost of Unplanned Shutdowns of Power Stations: An Accelerator-Driven Subcritical Reactor Case Study EPRG 0927 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Electric Power Systems Research, Volume 81, 2011, pages 1662-1671. Accessible online through Science Direct Abstract: The growing penetration of… Read more

EPRG 0926

Vladimir Parail Can Merchant Interconnectors Deliver Lower and More Stable Prices? The Case of NorNed EPRG 0926 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of the merchant interconnector between Norway and the Netherlands on the level and residual volatility of hourly day-ahead electricity prices in the two connected markets. The price effects… Read more

EPRG 0925

Scott Kelly and Michael Pollitt Making Combined Heat and Power District Heating (CHP-DH) Networks in the United Kingdom Economically Viable: A Comparative Approach EPRG 0925 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: As global fuel reserves are depleted, alternative and more efficient forms of energy generation and delivery will be required. Combined Heat and Power with District… Read more

EPRG 0924

A. Méjean and C. Hope Modelling the costs of energy crops: A case study of U.S. corn and Brazilian sugar cane EPRG 0924 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Energy Policy 38 (1) 2010, 547-561. Available at ScienceDirect Abstract: High crude oil prices, uncertainties about the consequences of climate change and the eventual decline… Read more

EPRG 0923

D. Hamilton, W. J. Nuttall, F. A. Roques Agent-Based Simulation of Technology Adoption: Possible phenomenologies associated with consumer shifts to local electricity generation EPRG 0923 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: We present an agent based model of technology diffusion where bounded rational agents are faced with uncertainty about the performance of the new technology versus… Read more

EPRG 0922

Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Andreia Meshreky, and Karsten Neuhoff The Effect of Energy Prices on Operation and Investment in OECD Countries: Evidence from the Vintage Capital Model EPRG 0922 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: This paper analyzes the effect of energy prices on energy efficiency, separately accounting for operational and investment choices in different sectors. For this… Read more

EPRG 0921

William J Nuttall Slaves to Oil: Exploring parallels between the abolition of slavery and the challenge of climate change mitigation EPRG 0921 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Nuttall, W.J., “Slaves to Oil”, chapter of “Energy and Innovation: Structural Change”, Purdue University Press, Chapter 6,  pp. 121-134, RPR chapter of PRB Abstract: This paper summarises… Read more

EPRG 0920

Christian Growitsch, Tooraj Jamasb, Christine Mueller, Matthias Wissner Quality of Supply in Energy Regulation Measurement, Assessment and Experience from Norway EPRG 0920 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: In order to overcome the incentive of excessive maintenance reductions and insufficient network investments in incentive regulation of electricity distribution companies, regulators throughout Europe have started regulating quality… Read more

EPRG 0919

Adrien de Hauteclocque and Jean-Michel Glachant Longterm Energy Supply Contracts in European Competition Policy:  Fuzzy not Crazy EPRG 0919 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: Long-term supply contracts often have ambiguous effects on the competitive structure, investment and consumer welfare in the long term. In a liberalized market context, these effects are likely to be even harder to assess. Since liberalization and especially since the… Read more

EPRG 0918

David M. Reiner and William J. Nuttall Public and Social Acceptability of Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste:  Similarities and Differences EPRG 0918 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: Physically, geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and of nuclear waste are fundamentally different problems in terms of scale and toxicity. The political and social differences… Read more

EPRG 0917

Thomas Weber and Karsten Neuhoff Carbon Markets and Technological Innovation EPRG 0917 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Weber, T. A. and Neuhoff, K. (2010), Carbon Markets and Technological Innovation, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 60(2) Abstract: This paper examines the effects of firm-level innovation in carbon-abatement technologies on optimal cap-and-trade schemes with… Read more

EPRG 0916

Pierre Noel A Market Between Us: Reducing the Political Cost of Europe’s Dependence on Russian Gas EPRG 0916 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: The geopolitical implications of Europe’s reliance on Russian gas are a prominent source of concerns among European (and even American) policy makers. We analyse the dynamics of the European Union’s gas supply… Read more

EPRG 0915

Aoife Brophy Haney and Michael Pollitt Efficiency Analysis of Energy Networks: An International Survey of Regulators EPRG 0915 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Haney, A. B. and Pollitt, M. (2009), Efficiency Analysis of Energy Networks: An International Survey of Regulators, Energy Policy 37(12) Abstract:  Incentive regulation for networks has been an important part… Read more

EPRG 0914

Michael Pollitt Does Electricity (and Heat) Network Regulation have anything to learn from Fixed Line Telecoms Regulation? EPRG 0914 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Pollitt, M. (2010), “Does Electricity (and Heat) Network Regulation have anything to learn from Fixed Line Telecoms Regulation?”, Energy Policy 38(3) Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to… Read more

EPRG 0913

Chi Kong Chyong, David M. Reiner and William J. Nuttall Dynamics of the UK Natural Gas Industry:  System Dynamics Modelling and Long-Term Energy Policy Analysis EPRG 0913 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 76 (3) 2009, 339-357 Available at: Science Direct Abstract: We present a dynamic model of the indigenous natural gas… Read more

EPRG 0912

John Ash Another Man’s Poison:  Risk Management and Nuclear Power Generation EPRG 0912 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Ash, John (2011), “Another Man’s Poison:  Risk Management and Nuclear Power Generation”, Politics & Policy, Volume 39, No. 3: 317-344. Abstract:  A projected shortfall in bulk electrical power, coupled with concerns regarding security of supply and obligations… Read more

EPRG 0911

Fabien Roques, Céline Hiroux and Marcelo Saguan Optimal Wind Power Deployment in Europe – a Portfolio Approach EPRG 0911 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract:  Geographic diversification of wind farms can smooth out the fluctuations in wind power generation and reduce the associated system balancing and reliability costs. The paper uses historical wind production data from… Read more

EPRG 0910

Michael G. Pollitt and Jon Stern Human Resource Constraints for Electricity Regulation in Developing Countries:  Has Anything Changed? EPRG0910 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: We provide strong evidence that there are significant human resource constraints which limit the scale and, hence, the scope and potential effectiveness of electricity/energy regulatory agencies in developing countries. We summarise the… Read more

EPRG 0909

Sarah Lester and Karsten Neuhoff Understanding the Role of Policy Targets in National and International Governance EPRG 0909 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Lester, S. and Neuhoff, K. (2009), Policy Targets: Lessons for Effective Implementation of Climate Actions, Climate Policy 9(5) Abstract: The paper surveys the literature on policy targets in order to… Read more

EPRG 0908

Karsten Neuhoff Implementing the EU Renewables Directive EPRG 0908 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: The European Renewables Directive requires Member States to deliver on average 20% of their final energy consumption by 2020 using renewable energy sources. To deliver this target, Member States have to adjust planning procedures, evaluate energy market design, provide grid and… Read more

EPRG 0907

Karsten Neuhoff International Support for Domestic Climate Policies EPRG 0907 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Neuhoff, K. (2009), Understanding the Roles and Interactions of International Cooperation on Domestic Climate Policies, Climate Policy 9(5) Abstract: Domestic climate policies play an important part in shifting countries towards a low-carbon development trajectory. Six case studies explore… Read more

EPRG 0906

Tooraj Jamasb and Magnus Söderberg Yardstick and Ex-Post Utility Regulation by Norm Model: Empirical Equivalence, Pricing Effect, and Performance in Sweden EPRG 0906 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: Following the liberalisation of network industries there has been a number of innovations in incentive regulation. This paper examines the effects of the application of norm models… Read more

EPRG 0905

Christian Wolf and Michael G. Pollitt The Welfare Implications of Oil Privatisation: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Norway’s Statoil EPRG 0905 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: The oil industry is of great economic significance to many countries, and privatisations of National Oil Companies (NOCs) have often been controversial, as have been the benefits from privatisation more… Read more

EPRG 0904

William J. Nuttall Nuclear Energy in the Enlarged European Union EPRG 0904 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Nuttall, W.J. “Nuclear Energy in the Enlarged European Union”, chapter in “Security Of Energy Supply In Europe Natural Gas, Nuclear and Hydrogen”, Editors: F. Lévêque, J-M Glachant, J Barquin, Pontificia, C von Hirschhausen,  F Holz, and WJ… Read more

EPRG 0903

Aoife Brophy Haney, Tooraj Jamasb and Michael G. Pollitt Smart Metering and Electricity Demand: Technology, Economics and International Experience EPRG 0903 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Brophy Haney, A, Jamasb, T & Pollitt, M, “Smart Metering and Electricity Demand: Technology, Economics and International Experience”, TU Berlin Abstract: In recent years smart metering of electricity… Read more

EPRG 0902

William Yu and Michael Pollitt Does Liberalisation cause more electricity blackouts? Evidence from a global study of newspaper reports EPRG 0902  | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: There is a public perception that electricity liberalisation is the major cause of recent electricity blackouts. This is reflected in the newspaper reporting of blackouts. By contrast, it… Read more

EPRG 0901

Tooraj Jamasb and Michael Pollitt Electricity Sector Liberalisation and Innovation: An Analysis of the UK Patenting Activities EPRG 0901 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. ‘Electricity Sector Liberalisation and Innovation: An Analysis of the UK Patenting Activities’, Research Policy Abstract: Liberalisation has had a marked effect on innovative activities… Read more