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      Natural Gas Utilization in GCC Countries

      Natural Gas Utilization in GCC Countries

      Majed A. Al Suwailem, Abdullah Aldayel

      Between 2009 and 2019, marketed gas production by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members has grown at an average rate of 4.8% per annum, from 265 billion standard cubic meters in 2009 to 422 billion standard cubic meters (Bscm) in 2019.…

      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      Abdullah Aldayel Aldayel, Abdullah
      22nd September 2020
      Supply-side Climate Policy for Crude Oil Producers

      Supply-side Climate Policy for Crude Oil Producers

      Paul Zakkour, Wolfgang Heidug

      This paper considers the potential for supply-side climate policy to increase climate action, with a focus on crude oil producers and exporting countries. To date, supply-side policies have not been widely used in efforts to tackle climate change, and the…

      Paul Zakkour Zakkour, Paul
      Wolfgang Heidug Heidug, Wolfgang
      21st September 2020
      On the Incremental Investment in Residential Energy Efficiency: A Saudi Perspective
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      On the Incremental Investment in Residential Energy Efficiency: A Saudi Perspective

      Walid Matar

      It has been shown in the literature that, in aggregate, actual household energy efficiency adoption is less than would be expected economically. Energy economists and policy analysts have described this phenomenon as the ‘energy efficiency gap.’ There could be myriad…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      14th September 2020
      Saudi Arabia’s Gas Flaring Mitigation Experience

      Saudi Arabia’s Gas Flaring Mitigation Experience

      Majed A. Al Suwailem

      Gas is envisaged as the fuel of choice in the power sector and is the ideal fuel to help transition toward clean, sustainable, and affordable energy access. As vital as gas is for electricity generation, the petrochemical industry, the transportation…

      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      14th September 2020
      Regional Heterogeneous Drivers of Electricity Demand in Saudi Arabia
      Models, Data and Tools

      Regional Heterogeneous Drivers of Electricity Demand in Saudi Arabia

      Jeyhun Mikayilov, Abdulelah Darandary, Ryan Alyamani, Fakhri Hasanov, Hatem Al Atawi

      Aggregate residential electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia has increased rapidly over the past several decades, largely due to population increases and fast economic growth (SAMA 2019). The growth in electricity consumption has been driven, among other factors, by government-administered prices…

      Jeyhun Mikayilov Mikayilov, Jeyhun
      Abdulelah Darandary Darandary, Abdulelah
      Ryan Alyamani Alyamani, Ryan
      Fakhri Hasanov Hasanov, Fakhri
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      13th September 2020
      Per Capita Regional Electricity Consumption in the Saudi Housing Sector

      Per Capita Regional Electricity Consumption in the Saudi Housing Sector

      Mohammad Aldubyan, Ryan Alyamani

      Aggregate residential electricity consumption data for Saudi Arabia conceals regional disparities. Although electricity prices are unified across the country, electricity consumption patterns can be driven by regional factors such as wealth, population size, and weather conditions, among others.

      Mohammad Aldubyan Aldubyan, Mohammad
      Ryan Alyamani Alyamani, Ryan
      7th September 2020
      GCC Residential Electricity Tariffs
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      GCC Residential Electricity Tariffs

      Abeer AlGhamdi

      Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have raised their domestic energy prices in recent years in a bid to increase energy efficiency, rationalize government spending and balance their budgets. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have taken bold steps to…

      Abeer AlGhamdi AlGhamdi, Abeer
      7th September 2020
      The Impact of the US-China Trade Dispute on the GCC
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      The Impact of the US-China Trade Dispute on the GCC

      Dongmei Chen

      The trade dispute between the United States (U.S.) and China has escalated since March 2018. On March 22, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum directing the U.S. government’s response to the investigation on China’s economic activities, trade policies and practices…

      Dongmei Chen Chen, Dongmei
      7th September 2020
      Understanding the Evolution of the Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Subsidies
      Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

      Understanding the Evolution of the Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

      Tamara Sheldon, Omar Al Harbi, Rubal Dua

      Our previous research found that promoting plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption through financial subsidies is expensive. In this commentary, we explore how the cost-effectiveness of the PEV subsidy program has evolved over time. To understand this evolution, we developed vehicle…

      Tamara Sheldon Sheldon, Tamara
      Omar Al Harbi Omar Al Harbi
      Rubal Dua Dua, Rubal
      30th August 2020
      What Happened to Residential Electricity Consumption in Saudi Arabia Between 2015 and 2018?
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      What Happened to Residential Electricity Consumption in Saudi Arabia Between 2015 and 2018?

      Mohammad Aldubyan, Anwar Gasim

      Between 2007 and 2018, residential electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia increased by 45%, from around 89 terawatthours (TWh) to 130 TWh (SAMA 2019). Population and gross domestic product (GDP) are two key factors that influence residential electricity consumption.

      Mohammad Aldubyan Aldubyan, Mohammad
      Anwar Gasim Gasim, Anwar
      26th August 2020
      The FDI-CO2 Nexus From The Sustainable Development Perspective: The Case of Azerbaijan

      The FDI-CO2 Nexus From The Sustainable Development Perspective: The Case of Azerbaijan

      Taylor and Francis Online

      The current study explores the effect of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on CO2 emissions in Azerbaijan utilizing time series data spanning from 1996 to 2013. The structural time series modeling (STSM) approach is employed in empirical estimations. The STSM framework allows…

      Shahriyar Mukhtarov, Shahriyar Aliyev, Jeyhun Mikayilov, Altay Ismayilov, Anar Rzayev

      2020
      The Impact of Restricted Mobility Due to COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia

      The Impact of Restricted Mobility Due to COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia

      Alma Alhussaini, Nourah Al Hosain

      Seven months since the first COVID-19 case was identified in Wuhan, China, the contagious and vastly transmissive virus has continued to spread and grow into a global pandemic affecting more than 20 million people. When the World Health Organization (WHO)…

      Alma Alhussaini Alma Alhussaini
      Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
      23rd August 2020
      The Future of Cooling in Saudi Arabia: Technology, Market and Policy Options
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Future of Cooling in Saudi Arabia: Technology, Market and Policy Options

      The world needs cooling. Air conditioning (AC) and refrigeration protects our health and productivity at home and work, and supports a host of critical services such as internet data centers, food delivery, and medicine. Around 1.6 billion AC units are…

      20th August 2020
      Sectoral and Economy-Wide Effects of Domestic Energy Price Reforms in Saudi Arabia
      Models, Data and Tools

      Sectoral and Economy-Wide Effects of Domestic Energy Price Reforms in Saudi Arabia

      Olivier Durand-Lasserve, Hossa Almutairi, Abdullah AlJarboua, Frederic Murphy, Shreekar Pradhan, Axel Pierru

      This paper simulates the sectoral and economy-wide consequences of deregulating energy prices in Saudi Arabia. Our analysis is based on KAPSARC’s general equilibrium energy model (KEMGE), a new hybrid computable general equilibrium model (CGE). The model examines the effects of…

      Olivier Durand-Lasserve Durand-Lasserve, Olivier
      Hossa Almutairi Almutairi, Hossa
      Abdullah AlJarboua AlJarboua, Abdullah
      Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
      Shreekar Pradhan Pradhan, Shreekar
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      19th August 2020
      Gasoline Demand in Saudi Arabia: Are the Price and Income Elasticities Constant?

      Gasoline Demand in Saudi Arabia: Are the Price and Income Elasticities Constant?

      Taylor and Francis Online

      The paper investigates gasoline consumption in case of oil-exporting country applying Time-varying Coefficient Cointegration approach to the data from 1980 to 2017. Empirical estimations show that long-run income and price elasticities are not constant and are responsive to price and…

      Jeyhun Mikayilov, Fred Joutz, Fakhri Hasanov

      2020
      KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook

      The global oil market is likely to move into deficit as early as this quarter. The most significant driver of this shift has been strong compliance with the production cuts agreed by OPEC and its partners (OPEC+) at the group’s…

      6th August 2020
      Cooperate or Compete? Insights from Simulating a Global Oil Market with No Residual Supplier
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      Cooperate or Compete? Insights from Simulating a Global Oil Market with No Residual Supplier

      Bertrand Rioux, Abdullah AlJarboua, Fatih Karanfil, Axel Pierru, Shahd Alrashed, Colin Ward

      Structural changes in the global oil sector are disrupting conventional market dynamics and the roles played by competing and cooperating producers. Industry players are adjusting to the shale (or ‘tight’) oil revolution and the possibility of plateauing or peaking global…

      Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
      Abdullah AlJarboua AlJarboua, Abdullah
      Fatih Karanfil Karanfil, Fatih
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      Shahd Alrashed Alrashed, Shahd
      Colin Ward Ward, Colin
      6th August 2020