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Felix Grey

William Cook Fellow in Economics, Corpus Christi College and Research Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Email: [email protected] Research interests: the political economy of environmental regulation; corporate lobbying over carbon pricing; industrial organisation and carbon pricing; social learning and environmental protection; economic history. Biography:  Felix Grey is the William Cook Fellow in Economics at… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

Geoffroy Dolphin

Post Doctoral Fellow, Resources for the Future E-mail: [email protected] Research interests: energy policy, environmental economics, political economy Biography: Geoffroy received his Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Cambridge. He is now Post Doctoral Fellow at Resources For the Future. Geoffroy’s research interests span political economy, energy & environmental economics and climate policy. His… Continue Reading

EPRG Working Paper 1519

M. Pollitt and K. Anaya Can current electricity markets cope with high shares of renewables? A comparison of approaches in Germany, the UK and the State of New York. Abstract | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in The Energy Journal, 2016, under “Can current electricity markets cope with high shares of renewables? A comparison of… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Lei Guo

Associate Professor from School of Public Administration, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China Supervisor: Michael Pollitt Research interests:  Energy and environmental policy, Carbon emissions, Utility management and reform of government regulation Continue Reading

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Evgenia Vanadzina

PhD candidate from School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland (http://www.lut.fi/web/en/school-of-energy-systems/electricity-market) Research interests:  Russian electricity and capacity markets, Capacity Remuneration Mechanism (CRMs), Renewable energy support mechanisms, especially in the countries with an abundant fossil fuel, Russian energy policy and regulation, including electricity market and gas market liberalization issues. More information and a list… Continue Reading

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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. Continue Reading

Harry van der Weijde

Scientist, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Email: [email protected] Telephone: +31 6 15181760 Research interests: Techno-economic energy and transport system modelling; optimization; equilibrium modelling; risk and uncertainty; energy market design; economic impact analysis. Background: Harry van der Weijde is Scientist in the Department of Strategic Analysis and Policy at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

EPRG/CEEPR Annual Conference with support of Shell, London, UK, 9 -10 July 2015

EPRG is pleased to announce our successful 2015 EPRG/CEEPR Annual Conference with support from Shell. The Conference took place at The Langham Hotel in London on 9 – 10 July and comprised of 1,5 day of sessions and dinner.   PROGRAMME Thursday 9 July 2015 SESSION 1 – SETTING A FRAMEWORK FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION Chaired by Suman Bery … Continue Reading

Presentation “Why ‘Good Energy Policy’ is Difficult? – Reflections on 5 Years in the DECC” by D. MacKay

David MacKay, Professor of Engineering and EPRG Associate, gave a presentation “Why ‘Good Energy Policy’ is Difficult? – Reflections on 5 Years in the DECC” on 30 April 2015 at In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy meeting on the policy making process of Department of Energy and Climate Change based on his time at DECC |… Continue Reading

Book “The Future of Electricity Demand: Customers, Citizens and Loads” by M. Pollitt and T. Jamasb

What will electricity and heat demand look like in a low-carbon world? Ambitious environmental targets will modify the shape of the electricity sector in the twenty-first century. ‘Smart’ technologies and demand-side management will be some of the key features of the future of electricity systems in a low-carbon world. Meanwhile, the social and behavioural dimensions… Continue Reading

Book “Energy and Innovation: Structural Change and Policy Implications” by M. van Geenhuizen, W. Nuttall, D. Gibson, E. Oftedal

The move towards sustainable energy production and use is one the most challenging and profound changes currently taking place in the world’s established and emerging economies. Energy and Innovation: Structural Change and Policy Implications presents a series of informative case studies from Norway, the United Kingdom, Poland, the United States, Russia, Japan, and China that… Continue Reading

Book “Security Of Energy Supply In Europe: Natural Gas, Nuclear and Hydrogen” by F. Lévêque, J. Glachant, J. Barquín, C. von Hirschhausen, F. Holz, and W. Nuttall

In economic, technical and political terms, the security of energy supply is of the utmost importance for Europe. Alongside competition and sustainability, supply security represents a cornerstone of the EU’s energy policy, and in times of rising geopolitical conflict plays an increasingly important role in its external relations. Within this context, the contributors analyse and… Continue Reading

Book “Delivering a Low-Carbon Electricity System: Technologies, Economics and Policy” M. Grubb, T. Jamasb, M. Pollitt

Meeting targets aimed at tackling the climate change challenge requires moving towards a low-carbon economy. These targets can only be met with major reductions in carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Written by a team of leading academics and industry experts, Delivering a Low Carbon Electricity System analyses the social, technological, economic and political issues… Continue Reading

Book “Privatisation and Financial Collapse in the Nuclear Industry: The Origins and Causes of the British Energy Crisis of 2002” by S. Taylor

A timely contribution and incisive analysis, this is the story of the British experiment in privatizing the nuclear power industry and its subsequent financial collapse. It tells how the UK’s pioneering role in nuclear power led to bad technology choices, a badly flawed restructuring of the electricity industry and the end of government support for nuclear… Continue Reading

Book “Future Electricity Technologies and Systems”, by T. Jamasb, W. Nuttall, M. Pollitt

Where will our electricity come from in the future, and how will we use it? The UK is aiming for a 60% reduction of 1990 carbon dioxide emission levels by 2050, yet the electricity industry and patterns of electricity use must change radically if this is to be achieved. This authoritative overview analyses a range of… Continue Reading

Book “Nuclear Renaissance: Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power” by W. Nuttall

With growing concerns over environmental issues and global energy consumption, there is increasing interest in nuclear power generation, despite its diminished role in the West over the last few decades. Many of those involved with nuclear power and environmental agencies see controlled expansion of nuclear plants as the most environmentally friendly way of meeting growing… Continue Reading

Thomas Tangerås

Senior Research Fellow, Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm, Sweden  Telephone: +46 (0) 8 665 45 26  Email: [email protected]  Research Interests: Electricity markets and regulation. Background: Thomas Tangerås directs the “Sustainable Energy Transition” research program at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm. He has held visiting positions at University of Toulouse and Stanford… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Jim Krane

Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA Tel: +1 713 348-3567 Email: [email protected] Biography: Jim Krane, Ph.D., is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. His research addresses the geopolitical aspects of energy, with a focus on the Middle… Continue Reading

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David Tingle

David Tingle Doctoral Candidate, Department of Government, Georgetown University (Washington DC) Biography: David Tingle studies international relations (IR) and international political economy (IPE) with a focus on energy, trade, and foreign direct investment. His dissertation examines the causes and consequences of international investments made by state-owned enterprises. While visiting at EPRG David is working with Dr. Reiner on… Continue Reading

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Christopher Knittel

Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, MIT, USA Tel: +1 617 324-0015 Email: [email protected] Biography: Christopher Knittel is the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics in the Sloan School of Management and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the… Continue Reading

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2015 EPRG Spring Seminar

EPRG is pleased to announce our successful 2015 Spring Seminar in partnership with FTI Consulting and Compass Lexecon. On June 4, 2015 EPRG hosted delegates to a dinner at Newnham College, and on June 5, 2015 at The Moller Centre for a full-day seminar.  Programme SESSION 1 – EU Energy Union – which way forward for the… Continue Reading

Kamiar Mohaddes

Associate Professor in Economics & Policy, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Email: [email protected] Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 766 933 Research Interests: Macroeconomics; Global and National Macroeconometric Modelling; Energy Economics; Climate Change Background: Kamiar Mohaddes is an economist at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow in Economics at Girton… Continue Reading