Energy White Paper blog

This UKERC blog by Will Blyth outlines the key messages from the Government’s Energy White Paper which sets out commitments and policy proposals for a huge shift to wind power and electric heating and transport as it reorients towards the 2050 net zero target. Several headline policy commitments were announced in the PM’s ‘10-point plan […]

Decision-support tools

Article published in Climatic Change with Paul Watkiss. A review of decision-support tools for assessing climate change adaptation investments.

Denial of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Hobbles UK Energy Policy

UK politicians are mired in a fruitless blame-game about energy prices. But high prices are not the problem. It is the total bill that matters, especially to poorer consumers. Dealing with the poor efficiency standards of existing UK housing stock is the way to tackle this. And reducing fossil fuel subsidies could provide the source of finance to do so.

UK Energy Subsidies

OEA wrote the background paper which launched the Parliamentary Inquiry into UK energy subsidies on April 24th 2013.  The report sets out the various ways in which subsidies are defined, the extent of energy subsidies in the UK, and how the UK compares internationally.  Read the report.  For coverage by the FT, click here.  You can […]

Electricity Markets under Deep Decarbonisation

This research project was carried out over a period of 18 months to December 2012 for EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute in California.  The research team included faculty staff at London Business School. The aim was to assess how electricity markets will evolve as the generation portfolio shifts towards very low carbon forms of […]

Strategic Energy Planning – Training Course in Hong Kong

In Feb 2013, OEA led a 3 day training course for the Hong Kong government on strategic issues affecting energy sector planning.  Delivered in partnership with ICPS.  Topics included Geo-politics of energy Recent global developments in the oil & gas sector Nuclear industry – trends and prospects Renewable energy, on and off-grid options Electricity sector […]

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 Senegal.

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 […]

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 […]