Research themes

EPRG produces world-class academic research on a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues, in three broad areas:

  1. Economics of electricity and natural gas markets
    Research themes include: Electricity market design and competition; Market interconnection and coupling; Future role of hydrogen; Global Gas Market Modelling; Electricity Market Modelling; Global LNG markets; Network regulation and pricing; Smart grids and meters; Energy storage; Demand, consumers, and communities.
  2. Economics of climate change policy, especially carbon pricing and technology policy
    Research themes include: Research, development & deployment of low-carbon technologies including CCS, nuclear, and renewables; Net-zero targets, greenhouse gas removal, and negative emissions; Emissions trading and carbon pricing; Sector coupling; Low-carbon investment; Competitiveness and climate policy; International cooperation and engagement.
  3. Political economy of energy and climate change policy
    Research themes include: Energy security and international relations; Public attitudes, acceptability and values; Retail electricity markets and consumer switching; Public communication of new technologies; Processes of governance and decision-making in energy and climate policy; Distributional impacts of regulation and energy taxation.

Research outputs

EPRG publishes around 30 working papers per year. Our research archive, of 500+ papers since our beginnings in 2002, is accessible. Many of these papers are published as articles in academic journals following peer review.

EPRG researchers have also published a number of edited volumes:

  1. Handbook on Electricity Markets (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021)
  2. In Search of Good Energy Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  3. Competition and Regulation in Electricity Markets (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016)
  4. The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power in Britain: A History (UIT Cambridge Ltd, 2016)
  5. The Future of Electricity Demand (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  6. Delivering a Low-Carbon Electricity System (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  7. Future Electricity Technologies and Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Since 2005, EPRG has supported the completion of almost 40 Cambridge PhD dissertations on energy and environmental policy issues.