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David MacKay Received Knighthood for His Work in Energy and Climate Change

David MacKay, Regius Professor of Engineering, Cambridge University Engineering Department, lately Chief Scientific Advisor at DECC, and EPRG Associate Researcher, has been awarded a Knighthood in the 2016 New Year Honours List for “services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach”. Congratulations to Professor MacKay! We at EPRG are very proud to count him as one of… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

Op-ed “Brussels Blames Gazprom for Its Own Failings” by Pierre Noel

Pierre Noel, senior fellow for Economic and Energy Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore and Associate Researcher at EPRG, published an article “Brussels Blames Gazprom for Its Own Failings” in Financial Times on 29 April 2015.  “The Russian state-owed company stands accused of anti-competitive practices allowing it to charge “unfair prices” in several… Continue Reading

C.K. Chyong quoted in “EU Importing More Russian Gas Ahead Of Winter “, Montel, 16 April 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in an article on Montel website – key information provider for the European energy markets in Norway, –  on reasons behind increasing purchases of Russian gas by European Union. “European buyers are playing “intertemporal arbitrage” whereby they dry up gas in their storage facilities and re-inject them when Russian gas prices are lower in… Continue Reading

C. K. Chyong quoted in “Never Ending Story Of Opportunities: Caspian Blue Energy Is Salvation For EU”, Eurasia Review, 20 April 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in Eurasia Review, an independent on-line journal and think tank, on possibilities and challenges for Caspian countries, like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Iran, to be gas suppliers to the EU. The article also appeared in AzerNews and New Europe. “Azerbaijan is perhaps the only supplier in the region able to respond to the EU’s gas… Continue Reading

C.K. Chyong quoted in “Turkish Stream Project Success Promises Benefits, Profits To Many South-Eastern EU States”, PenzaNews, 10 April 2015

Chi Kong Chyong was quoted in PenzaNews, an independent on-line news agency in Penza, Russia, on possible perspectives and benefits for Europe by using different gas suppliers, and on the outcomes if Turkish Stream is built in full. “Co-existence between the two (gas suppliers from Russia and Azerbaijan) is not an issue, at least for Europe as the clients… Continue Reading