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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

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

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

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

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

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