Author Archives: EPRG Admin

Mercedes Galindez

PhD Student, Faculty of History Email: [email protected] Supervisor: Paul Warde Research topic: Contemporary socio-economic history of how renewable energy achieved cost competitiveness in key European markets, 1986 – 2017 Biography: Mercedes Galindez is a part-time PhD student in the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge. She is reading her PhD on… Continue Reading

Report “Is there competition below the PPM tariff cap? What are the implications for policy?” by S. Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild wrote a report “Is there competition below the PPM tariff cap? What are the implications for policy?” This paper finds that the range of tariff offers that are widely available and significantly below the Prepayment Meter tariff cap is much less than first appears. It suggests various implications for policy relating to accuracy of information, setting… Continue Reading

Leigh Hancher

Professor, Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Italy Research Interests: energy market regulation, EU state aids and energy market governance.  Biography: Leigh Hancher is a professor of European law at the University of Tilburg and is also attached to the Amsterdam office of Allen & Overy as Counsel. Leigh has been a Professor since 1991, initially at the… Continue Reading

Tae Hoon Kim

Associate Senior Lecturer Sweden, Swedish Defence University Email: [email protected]  Research interests: Energy history, nuclear energy, energy transitions, energy geopolitics, utility regulation Biography:  Tae-Hoon Kim is the Postdoctoral researcher in energy history of the STandUp for Energy strategic research programme at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. His current research project looks into the… Continue Reading

Matthias Schnellmann

Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge Email: [email protected] Research Interests: low carbon energy and chemical processes, carbon capture and storage, energy systems, chemical looping, digitalisation of the energy and process industries Biography:  Dr Matthias A Schnellmann is a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.  He holds a… Continue Reading

Presentation “Pass-through, profits and the political economy of regulation” by R. Ritz

Robert Ritz gave seminar presentation on “Pass-through, profits and the political economy of regulation” at Yale University, USA on 12 September 2018 He also presented “Pass-through, profits and the political economy of regulation” at Resources for the Future Seminar in Washington DC, USA on 17 September 2018 The slides for both presentations can be found here Continue Reading

Article “Europe should learn from California’s carbon trading” by R. Ritz and A. van Benthem

Robert Ritz, EPRG Assistant Director, University of Cambridge, and Arthur van Benthem, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, published an article “Europe should learn from California’s carbon trading” in The Hill on 5 September 2018.  The full text of the article can be read here    Continue Reading

Pedro Linares

Professor of Industrial Engineering, ICAI School of Engineering, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain  Supervisors: David Newbery and Michael Pollitt Research interests: Sustainable Energy Policy, Energy Economics, Decision Theory Continue Reading

Op-ed “Don’t backpedal on the CO2 price floor” by A. van Benthem and R. Ritz

Robert Ritz, EPRG Assistant Director, University of Cambridge, and Arthur van Benthem, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, published an article “Don’t backpedal on the CO2 price floor” in the leading Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on 7 August 2018.  To read the article in Dutch, please click here  Continue Reading

Op-ed “Europe needs a minimum price on carbon emissions” by R. Ritz and A. van Benthem

Robert Ritz, EPRG Assistant Director, University of Cambridge, and Arthur van Benthem, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, published an article “Europe needs a minimum price on carbon emissions” in Handelsblatt Global, on 25 July 2018. The full text of the article can be read here.     Continue Reading

Richard O’Neill

Distinguished Senior Fellow, ARPA-E, USA Research Interests: ISO market design and optimal power flow models Biography:  Dr. Richard O’Neill currently serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Prior to his time at ARPA-E, O’Neill served as the Chief Economic Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and as… Continue Reading

Zeynep Clulow

Research Associate Email: [email protected] Research Interests: emissions drivers, particularly the role of cognitive factors in shaping national emissions trajectories, hierarchical emissions modelling, international environmental cooperation and the deployment of greenhouse gas removal technologies. Biography: Zeynep Clulow is a Research Associate in the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge. She holds a BSc… Continue Reading

Paul Simshauser

Professor of Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia Email: [email protected] Research Interests: energy economics, energy policy, system planning, tariff design, corporate finance. Biography: Paul Simshauser AM is a Professor of Economics at Griffith University where he specialises in Energy Economics and Energy Policy.  He has more than two decades of experience in the energy sector.  His prior roles… Continue Reading

Presentation “Oil Price Volatility, Climate Change Uncertainty, and Macroeconomic Policy” by K. Mohaddes

Kamiar Mohaddes, EPRG Associate Researcher, gave a presentation “Oil Price Volatility, Climate Change Uncertainty, and Macroeconomic Policy” at ERF Conference “The New Normal in the Global Economy: Challenges and Prospects for MENA”, in Cairo, Egypt, on 9 July 2018 | PDF   You can also view the presentation here  Continue Reading

Report “Reactive Power Management and Procurement Mechanisms: Lessons for the Power Potential Project” by K. Anaya and M. Pollitt

Karim Anaya and Michael Pollitt wrote a report for National Grid Power Potential Project titled “Reactive Power Management and Procurement Mechanisms: Lessons for the Power Potential Project” that was published on National Grid website on 11 June 2018. The Power Potential initiative is a customer funded project that is being implemented by National Grid and… Continue Reading

Policy Brief “A carbon price floor for power generation to reaffirm EU climate leadership” by D. Newbery, D. Reiner and R. Ritz

David Newbery, David Reiner and Robert Ritz published a Policy Brief “A carbon price floor for power generation to reaffirm EU climate leadership” on 28 June 2018. The brief is based on the EPRG Working Paper #1816   ‘The European Union should introduce a minimum price on carbon dioxide from electricity generation to accelerate low-carbon investment… Continue Reading

S. Littlechild latest submission to CMA

Stephen Littlechild has made a further submission to the CMA investigation of the SSE-Npower merger, suggesting that divestment to smaller suppliers of some 740,000 long-standing Npower domestic energy customers on Standard Variable Tariffs would address the CMA’s recently identified theory of harm associated with a loss of rivalry in the setting of default tariff prices | PDF… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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 Supervisor: David Newbery Research Interests: Environmental and energy economics, energy policy, environmental policy and sustainable development.   Continue Reading