Projects

Renewable Energy Readiness Assessments

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Projects | Comments Off on Renewable Energy Readiness Assessments

Will Blyth was part of the team working for IRENA to develop ‘Renewable Energy Readiness Assessments‘.  This involved developing a framework for defining policy readiness, and then rolling out pilot studies.  IRENA have recently published the final version of these assessments for Mozambique and...

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Modelling Linked Carbon and Electricity Markets

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Projects | Comments Off on Modelling Linked Carbon and Electricity Markets

This project developed a new analytical tool for assessing the effects of uncertainty in both carbon and electricity markets, taking account of the strong links between the two.  The model includes an interface intended to allow companies to assess the performance of investment options available to them both in terms of generation capacity as well as carbon abatement and trading options. This graphic shows a screen-shot from the tool, displaying the stochastic cost curves and generation stacks for the linked markets, together with forcast ranges for carbon and electricity prices. To read the...

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Short-term carbon valuation

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Projects | Comments Off on Short-term carbon valuation

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) produces annual projections of carbon prices for use in appraisal of any government policy that might affect carbon emissions levels.  The methodology for carrying out these projections has had to change as a result of structural changes in the EU emissions trading scheme, and Oxford Energy Associates were involved in advising on the new methodology.  For the revised DECC guidance on short-term pricing click here.  For Will’s peer review of the methodology, click...

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Energy Intensity Reduction in Gulf Countries

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Projects | Comments Off on Energy Intensity Reduction in Gulf Countries

Oil exports underpin the economic stability of gulf countries, but the ability to export is threatened by ballooning domestic energy demand in those countries.  This Chatham House project, working with regional partners, develops a set of recommendations for improving energy efficiency in GCC countries, drawing on the experiences of utilities, policymakers, industry experts, and academics.  Oxford Energy Associates were involved in developing a tool for quantifying the potential and cost-effectiveness of various sources of energy efficiency savings, including projections out to 2025 to help...

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“Scaling-up Financing of Energy Efficiency through Provision of Targeted Risk Management Products”

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Projects | Comments Off on “Scaling-up Financing of Energy Efficiency through Provision of Targeted Risk Management Products”

A huge increase in investment in energy efficiency is required if global energy systems are to be transformed to a more sustainable basis. Energy efficiency has significant and well-documented economic and environmental benefits, especially in regions with a history of cheap energy and high energy intensity. Companies’ energy costs can often be similar to or even higher than their profits. This indicates the significant financial benefits that can accrue from reducing energy costs through improved efficiency. To date, less attention has been paid to how these benefits can flow through to...

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“Interactions between Energy Security and Climate Change: A Focus on Developing Countries”

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Projects | Comments Off on “Interactions between Energy Security and Climate Change: A Focus on Developing Countries”

Abstract We briefly consider the tensions between climate change and energy security policy imperatives, and highlight some concepts that may bring additional clarity to decision-making at the nexus of the two areas. We focus on developing countries and use the case of the Medupi super-critical coal plant in South Africa to illustrate the issues. View pdf here  

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