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2018 EPRG Spring Seminar

EPRG is pleased to announce our successful 2018 Spring Seminar in partnership with FTI Consulting and Compass Lexecon. On May 10, 2018 EPRG hosted delegates to dinner at Westminster College, and on May 11, 2018 at Downing College for a full-day seminar.

Programme

SESSION 1 – THE ROLE OF GAS IN ENERGY TRANSITIONS

Chair: Jason Mann (FTI-Compass Lexecon Energy)

Jonathan Stern (OIES) Challenges to the Future of Gas

Alaric Marsden (FTI-Compass Lexecon Energy) Gas as a key enabler of flexible electricity generation

SESSION 2 – ROUNDTABLE: BRINGING SENSE TO THE BREXIT DEBATE: WHAT SHOULD INDUSTRY BE LOOKING FOR?

Chair: David Reiner (EPRG)

Jason Mann (FTI-Compass Lexecon Energy)

Michael Pollitt (EPRG)

Janez Kopac (Energy Community Secretariat)

Jenny Pyper (Northern Ireland Authority For Utility Regulation)

SESSION 3 – SMART POLICIES FOR ENERGY TRANSITION 

Chair: Michael Pollitt (EPRG)

Cathy McClay (National Grid) GB Ancillary Services Market: Taking Stock & Looking Forward

Peter Cramton (University of Maryland) The Role of Auctions in Accommodating Renewables

Robert Ritz (EPRG) When is a carbon price floor desirable?

SESSION 4 – REGULATION AND INNOVATION FOR SMARTER AND CLEANER ENERGY MARKETS & NETWORKS

Chair: Alaric Marsden (FTI-Compass Lexecon Energy)

Laura Diaz Anadon (University of Cambridge) Government funding and support for energy RD&D: what do we know about outcomes?

Steve McMahon (Ofgem) Ofgem experience with the network innovation competitions

Ljubo Mitrasevic (FTI-Compass Lexecon Energy) The RIIO2 price control: the opportunities and challenges ahead

K. Mohaddes quoted in Albawaba News

Kamiar Mohaddes was quoted in the article “This is ‘Winning’? Ending the Iran Deal is Alienating European Allies & Strengthening the Yuan” by Eleanor Beevor, on Albawaba News, on 14 May 2018. The interview covers his views on the likely impact on Iran’s oil exports following President Trump’s withdraw from JCPOA and unilateral sanctions by the… Continue Reading

EPRG News

We are pleased to announce that Robert Ritz, one of EPRG’s Assistant Directors, has been appointed as a member of Ofgem’s Academic Panel. The Panel is set to enhance Ofgem’s strategic thinking and early-stage policy development. More details on the Panel, its aims and current members can be found here   Continue Reading

Khalid Ahmed

Visiting Researcher, Assistant Professor, Sukkur IBA University, Pakistan E-mail: ka448@cam.ac.uk Supervisor: David Newbery Research Interests: Environmental and energy economics, energy policy, environmental policy and sustainable development.   Continue Reading

Robin Ponte

Research Assistant E-mail: rcp51@cam.ac.uk Supervisor: Chi-Kong Chyong Research Topics: Operations research in the energy markets Research interests: Energy Transition, Energy Markets (Electricity, Gas etc.), Renewables (Wind, Solar etc.), Systems Analysis and Modelling, Operations Research Biography:  – MPhil in Nuclear Energy (University of Cambridge) – Bachelor and MSc. Degree in Physics (Technical University Dortmund) Continue Reading

Diane Coyle

Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge E-mail:  dc700@cam.ac.uk Research Interests: Economic statistics and the digital economy, competition policy and digital markets, economics of new technologies, natural capital Biography: Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and has held a number of public service roles… Continue Reading

EPRG Working Paper 1703 (Updated)

EPRG Working Paper 1703  The CMA’s analysis of the retail energy market: an examination using textbook economics by Stephen Littlechild has been updated and published under a new title The CMA’s assessment of customer detriment in the GB retail energy market. To view a new version, please click here Continue Reading

Comment “Competition, Regulation and Price Controls in the GB Retail Energy Market” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild’s paper “Competition, Regulation and Price Controls in the GB Retail Energy Market” is a revised and updated version of his July 2017 lead article in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Network, which summarises and appraises the last decade of UK retail energy market regulation. The revised paper has been submitted to Utilities Policy. The full text can be found here The… Continue Reading

Kirsi Kotilainen

PhD Student, Tampere University of Technology, Finland Email: k.kotilainen@jbs.cam.ac.uk Supervisor: David Reiner Research Interests: Energy prosumers, energy technology diffusion, renewable energy policies, industry transitions Continue Reading

S. Littlechild latest submission to CMA

Stephen Littlechild has made a submission to the CMA investigation of the SSE-Npower merger, suggesting that the two companies agree to divest long-standing customers on Standard Variable Tariffs to smaller suppliers in the domestic energy market. He identifies ten respects in which this would increase competition, which is particularly important in present circumstances | PDF… Continue Reading

K. Mohaddes quoted in Albawaba News

Kamiar Mohaddes was quoted in the article “Reneging on the Nuclear Deal Will Isolate America, Empower China, and Distance Europe” by Eleanor Beevor, on Albawaba News, on 28 February 2018. The article also makes a reference of Kamiar’s work “Country-Specific Oil Supply Shocks and the Global Economy: A Counterfactual Analysis” that was written together with… Continue Reading

Report “The Regulation of Retail Competition in US Residential Electricity Markets” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild wrote a report on US competitive electricity markets “The Regulation of Retail Competition in US Residential Electricity Markets”. The report explains that all competitive retail markets in the US except Texas require incumbent network utilities to offer a default supply service to customers who do not choose a retail supplier, and to do… Continue Reading

Yu Wang

Visiting scholar, Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China E-mail: yw471@jbs.cam.ac.uk Supervisor: David Reiner Research Interests: renewable energy resources assessment, cost-benefit research and policy research, allowance allocation methodology for power sector in China’s national ETS, low carbon city development Continue Reading

Thomas McCarty

Research Assistant Email: tm553@cam.ac.uk Supervisor: Chi Kong Chyong and Stuart Scott Research Topic: Operations research in the energy markets Biography: Tom is working as a research assistant with EPRG. He previously obtained an MPhil in Energy Technologies from Cambridge and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)- Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His current… Continue Reading

Presentation “Competition and the UK Retail Energy Market” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild gave a presentation “Competition and the UK retail energy market: Lessons for Australia?” during AEC Luncheon Seminar in Park Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia on 29 November 2017 | PDF He also presented “Competition and the UK retail energy market” at Meridian Energy Seminars, Wellington, New Zealand on 23 November 2017 | PDF   You can view this presentation here    Continue Reading

S. Littlechild latest submission to BEIS

Stephen Littlechild and other former energy regulators of the UK submitted a written evidence to the BEIS Select Committee on pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft domestic gas and electricity (tariff cap) bill  in November 2017. The full text can be found here. On 12 December 2017, S. Littlechild gave evidence in person during the Select Committee meeting. The written… Continue Reading

Eoghan O’Neill

PhD candidate, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge Email: epo21@cam.ac.uk Supervisor: Melvyn Weeks Research Topics: Heterogeneity of electricity demand response: electricity smart metering, applied econometrics, machine learning. Biography: Eoghan is a secod year PhD student of Economics. He previously obtained an MPhil in Economic Research at Cambridge and studied Mathematics and Economics at Trinity College Dublin… Continue Reading

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Bowei Guo

PhD candidate, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge Email: bg347@cam.ac.uk Supervisor: Melvyn Weeks Research Topic: Essays on Energy and Environmental Economics Research Interest: Applied Econometrics, Energy Economics, Environmental Economics, Machine Learning, Factor Analysis Background: Bowei is a PhD candidate in the faculty of economics, University of Cambridge. He majored in Economics and Econometrics in his… Continue Reading

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Presentation “Oil Prices and the Global Economy: Is It Different This Time Around?” by K. Mohaddes

Kamiar Mohaddes, EPRG Associate Researcher, gave a presentation “Oil Prices and the Global Economy: Is It Different This Time Around?” at the Conference on “Arab Oil Exporters: Coping with a New Global Oil Order”, at the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development on 26-27 November 2017 in Kuwait | PDF   Continue Reading

Chung-Han Yang

PhD Student, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) E-mail: chy26@cam.ac.uk Supervisor: Jorge Vinuales Research topic: FDI in the energy sector and trans-national environmental contracts Research interests: energy law, international environmental law, international investment law, electricity sector Biography: Chung-Han Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at C-EENRG under the supervision of Professor Jorge Viñuales. His… Continue Reading

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Presentation “Do Sovereign Wealth Funds Dampen the Negative Effects of Commodity Price Volatility?” by K. Mohaddes

Kamiar Mohaddes, EPRG Associate Researcher, gave a presentation “Do Sovereign Wealth Funds Dampen the Negative Effects of Commodity Price Volatility?” at the Workshop on New Perspectives on Political Economy of the Middle East that took place at the University of Oxford on 27-28 October 2017 | PDF    Continue Reading