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      Renewables, Reliability and Efficiency in Electricity Markets
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Renewables, Reliability and Efficiency in Electricity Markets

      Frank Felder, Marie Petitet

      The choice to use electricity markets to transition to an ultra-high renewable electricity sector depends on whether a high level of reliability and efficiency can be achieved. This study presents a reliability, resiliency and adaptability policy framework for a liberalized…

      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      29th December 2021
      Why are European Wholesale Electricity Prices Soaring?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Why are European Wholesale Electricity Prices Soaring?

      Marie Petitet, Fateh Belaïd

      Since the beginning of summer 2021, European wholesale electricity prices have been soaring to historic highs. The average day-ahead price of electricity for central European countries more than doubled between June and September, reaching 170 euros per megawatthour (e/MWh) on…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Fateh Belaïd Belaïd, Fateh
      23rd November 2021
      Will COP26 Recognize a Role for Nuclear Energy in the Clean Energy Mix?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Will COP26 Recognize a Role for Nuclear Energy in the Clean Energy Mix?

      Noura Mansouri, Adnan Shihab-Eldin

      Next month, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), hosted by the United Kingdom, will discuss the big challenge facing the world’s governments, which is how to limit the average rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels to below…

      Noura Mansouri Mansouri, Noura
      Adnan Shihab-Eldin Adnan Shihab-Eldin
      4th November 2021
      Future Trends in Electricity Demand in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Future Trends in Electricity Demand in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region

      Long-term electricity demand projections are fundamental for power generation expansion planning and for broader energy policy formulation. Studies show that electricity demand in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region has been growing rapidly over the past decades. This growth has…

      13th October 2021
      How Can Energy Storage Catalyze the Electricity Policies of Gulf Cooperation Council Members? Issues and Options
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      How Can Energy Storage Catalyze the Electricity Policies of Gulf Cooperation Council Members? Issues and Options

      Rolando Fuentes, Shahid Hasan, Frank Felder

      Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members are working in parallel to reform their electricity markets and achieve ambitious renewable energy deployment goals. The motivation for this agenda is multifaceted, and increasing economic efficiency is one of several…

      Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      27th September 2021
      Projecting Saudi Sectoral Electricity Demand in 2030 Using a Computable General Equilibrium Model
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Projecting Saudi Sectoral Electricity Demand in 2030 Using a Computable General Equilibrium Model

      Salaheddine Soummane, Frédéric Ghersi

      Projecting future demand for electricity is central to power sector planning, as these projections inform capacity investment requirements and related infrastructure expansions. Electricity is not currently economically storable in large volumes. Thus, the underlying drivers of electricity demand and potential…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Frédéric Ghersi Frédéric Ghersi
      9th September 2021
      Climate and Power System Reliability in the Aftermath of the Texas Blackouts
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Climate and Power System Reliability in the Aftermath of the Texas Blackouts

      Marie Petitet, Burcin Unel, Rolando Fuentes, Frank Felder

      The February 2021 blackout in Texas underscored the importance of reliable and resilient power systems. In this commentary, we discuss the roles of regulators, markets, fuel and generation supply chains, and interdependent infrastructures, and finds that they need to be…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Burcin Unel Burcin Unel
      Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      25th August 2021
      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2020
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2020

      Amro Elshurafa

      Dozens of governments worldwide have supported, and still support, renewable energy technology deployment, including solar photovoltaics (PV). This has been driven by their ambitions to be energy independent, meet carbon emissions reduction targets, and contribute to their domestic economies through…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      26th July 2021
      If Renewable Energy is Getting Cheaper, Why Are Electricity Prices Increasing?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      If Renewable Energy is Getting Cheaper, Why Are Electricity Prices Increasing?

      Salaheddine Soummane

      In this commentary, we discuss the impact of renewable energy penetration on end-user electricity prices driven by the observed development in European countries since 2000. We conclude with a discussion on how Saudi Arabia is benefiting from its development of…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      6th June 2021
      Assessing the Role of Renewables in Reducing Emissions in the Saudi Power Sector Using Mixed-Integer Optimization
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Assessing the Role of Renewables in Reducing Emissions in the Saudi Power Sector Using Mixed-Integer Optimization

      Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Salaheddine Soummane, Frank Felder

      Renewable energy (RE) technologies are viewed as a critical means of reducing power sector-related emissions. Using mixed-integer optimization, we evaluate the extent to which renewable energy reduces carbon emissions in the Saudi power sector.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      2nd June 2021
      Global Trends in Cloud Computing and Saudi Arabia’s Response
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Global Trends in Cloud Computing and Saudi Arabia’s Response

      Hatem Al Atawi, Amro Elshurafa

      As data centers become operational in the Kingdom, they will be an additional driver of long-term electricity demand. KAPSARC is actively studying these challenges and their implications for the economy by modeling and forecasting electricity demand.

      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      2nd June 2021
      Overview of Saudi Electricity Demand (1970–2018)
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Overview of Saudi Electricity Demand (1970–2018)

      Salaheddine Soummane

      Saudi Arabia’s demand for electricity is undergoing unprecedented changes. In recent years, the government has implemented several efficiency measures and pricing reforms to curb demand growth. These measures started delivering concrete results in 2016. After decades of rapid growth, the…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      29th March 2021
      Advancing Market Integration and Decarbonization: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Advancing Market Integration and Decarbonization: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition?

      The concept of connecting electricity markets, which started with the sole objective of maximizing economic gains, is now being increasingly expanded to fulfill other policy objectives, primarily to support the low-carbon future energy system. The importance of clearly articulating policies,…

      22nd March 2021
      Private Participation in the Renewable Energy Transition
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Private Participation in the Renewable Energy Transition

      Fatih Yılmaz

      The electricity sector captures a significant portion of PPI flows in developing countries. Over half (51%) of total PPI flows in developing countries since 1995 (~ US$1.9 trillion) went into the electricity sector. This figure covers the privatization of existing…

      Fatih Yılmaz Yılmaz, Fatih
      22nd March 2021
      Utility-Scale Storage: Sleeping Giant or Mirage?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Utility-Scale Storage: Sleeping Giant or Mirage?

      The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, among other countries, has ambitious plans to install a significant amount of renewable capacity by 2040. A high share of renewable generation in the power system can, however, result in grid instabilities. Energy storage technology…

      18th January 2021
      Saudi Arabia Energy Report
      Regional Energy Markets Models, Data and Tools Electricity Sector Transitions

      Saudi Arabia Energy Report

      Abeer AlGhamdi

      Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading oil producers and exporters. It has the second-largest proven crude oil reserves after Venezuela. Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves have made it one of the most significant players in the global oil market.…

      Abeer AlGhamdi AlGhamdi, Abeer
      15th December 2020
      The Value of Storage in Electricity Generation: A Qualitative and Quantitative Review
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Value of Storage in Electricity Generation: A Qualitative and Quantitative Review

      Amro Elshurafa

      Electricity storage technology has many useful applications in the energy sector and can complement variable renewable power generation to achieve a low-carbon future. For policymakers, utilities, and investors, effective decisions in this context require an understanding of how to determine the monetary value of storage.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      26th November 2020
      Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record

      Salaheddine Soummane

      Since 1990, Saudi Arabia’s electricity consumption has risen rapidly and consistently, at an average rate of around 6% per year. This growth rate is considerably high when compared with the global average growth rate of 3% and 4.8% in developed…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      12th October 2020
      Electricity Sector Liberalization in Egypt: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Electricity Sector Liberalization in Egypt: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration

      Shahid Hasan, Turki Alaqeel, Hafez El-Salmawy

      KAPSARC has initiated a research project to develop insights that can facilitate the establishment of a well-functioning integrated electricity market comprising the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It aims to assess the key issues affecting electricity market…

      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
      Hafez El-Salmawy Hafez El-Salmawy
      5th October 2020