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The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants
Models, Data and Tools Electricity Sector Transitions

The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

Brian Efird, Saleh Al Muhanna, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Shahad Turkistani, Faisal Al-Ghamdi

The Japanese government’s decision to continue restarting nuclear power is shaped by a combination of domestic political concerns, energy security challenges, and its ability to meet climate change commitments and targets. Nuclear power plants have started to come back online,…

Brian Efird Efird, Brian
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
Shahad Turkistani Turkistani, Shahad
Faisal Al-Ghamdi Al-Ghamdi, Faisal
December 31, 2018
Reorganizing Power Markets: A Reliability Insurance Business Model for Utilities
Electricity Sector Transitions

Reorganizing Power Markets: A Reliability Insurance Business Model for Utilities

Rolando Fuentes, Jorge Blazquez, Iqbal Adjali

A market in which individuals pursue their own self-interest normally maximizes aggregate economic well-being. But households that install Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in order to obtain savings in their electricity bill, impose an external cost on other customers. At scale,…

Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
Iqbal Adjali Adjali, Iqbal
November 26, 2018
The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf
Electricity Sector Transitions Regional Energy Markets

The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

Hisham Akhonbay, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Sylvain Côté, Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar, Shreekar Pradhan, David Wogan, Lama Yaseen

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) has been at the epicenter of global energy markets because of its substantial endowment of hydrocarbons. Yet countries in the region have also stated their intent to be global…

Hisham Akhonbay Akhonbay, Hisham
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
Sylvain Côté Côté, Sylvain
Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
Walid Matar Matar, Walid
Shreekar Pradhan Pradhan, Shreekar
David Wogan Wogan, David
Lama Yaseen Yaseen, Lama
October 17, 2018
Restructuring Saudi Arabia’s Power Generation Sector: Model-Based Insights
Electricity Sector Transitions

Restructuring Saudi Arabia’s Power Generation Sector: Model-Based Insights

Bertrand Rioux, Axel Pierru, Nader AlKathiri

Saudi Arabia plans to reform and privatize its power generation sector as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. To provide analytical insights, we developed a model that simulates the restructuring of the electricity market, along with reforming fuel prices to…

Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
Nader AlKathiri AlKathiri, Nader
December 20, 2017
Can adoption of rooftop solar panels trigger a utility death spiral? A tale of two U.S. cities
Electricity Sector Transitions

Can adoption of rooftop solar panels trigger a utility death spiral? A tale of two U.S. cities

Energy Research and Social Science

The growing penetration of distributed energy generation (DEG) is causing major changes in the electricity market. One key concern is that existing tariffs incentivize ‘free riding’ behavior by households, leading to a cycle of rising electricity prices and DEG adoption,…

Iqbal Adjali, Patrick Bean, Rolando Fuentes, Frederic Murphy, Steven O. Kimbrough, Mohammed Muaafa

2017
Electricity Transmission Formulations in Multi-Sector National Planning Models: An illustration using the KAPSARC Energy Model
Electricity Sector Transitions

Electricity Transmission Formulations in Multi-Sector National Planning Models: An illustration using the KAPSARC Energy Model

Walid Matar, Amro Elshurafa

The purpose of this study is to assess policy-relevant effects of incorporating a more proper representation of electricity transmission in multi-sector national policy models. This goal is achieved by employing the KAPSARC Energy Model (KEM), which is the first publicly…

Walid Matar Matar, Walid
Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
November 5, 2017
The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition
Electricity Sector Transitions

The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition

Brian Efird, Paul Mollet, Imtenan Al-Mubarak

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it wishes to transition toward a less carbon-intensive energy system, both as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and as one of…

Brian Efird Efird, Brian
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
October 10, 2017
Technological Disruptions and Service-Based Business Models in the Power Sector
Electricity Sector Transitions

Technological Disruptions and Service-Based Business Models in the Power Sector

Electricity markets around the world are facing significant challenges from the demand and supply side of the industry. From the supply side, distributed energy resources, usually owned by third parties, are forcing utilities to re-evaluate their business models; while developments…

September 5, 2017
Transitioning to Liberalized Energy Markets
Electricity Sector Transitions

Transitioning to Liberalized Energy Markets

Some countries have successfully navigated the transition to using a free market to provide energy more efficiently, while others are only just embarking on this journey. This transition is a lengthy, costly and complex process. Consequently, lessons learned from their…

August 29, 2017
Reforming Industrial Fuel and Residential Electricity Prices in Saudi Arabia
Electricity Sector Transitions

Reforming Industrial Fuel and Residential Electricity Prices in Saudi Arabia

Walid Matar

The Saudi electricity sector buys fuel and sells electricity at prices administered by the government. In this analysis, we assume that fuel prices are deregulated — priced at their marginal values or international equivalents — and use a long-term static…

Walid Matar Matar, Walid
July 29, 2017
Estimating the Learning Curve of Solar PV Balance-of-Systems for Over 20 Countries
Electricity Sector Transitions

Estimating the Learning Curve of Solar PV Balance-of-Systems for Over 20 Countries

Amro Elshurafa, Shahad Albardi, Carlo Andrea Bollino

The capital cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system comprises the module and balance-of-systems (BOS). The latter refers to everything else that is needed to make the solar system functional including cables, mounts, labor, etc. While modules are priced internationally,…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
SA
Albardi, Shahad
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
June 15, 2017
Reporting LCOE for Solar PV: Apples to Apples Comparisons
Electricity Sector Transitions

Reporting LCOE for Solar PV: Apples to Apples Comparisons

Amro Elshurafa

Solar energy is expected to be an integral technology in the creation of a low-carbon future. Hence, as photovoltaics (PV) installations continue to grow at an exponential rate, a better understanding of the generation costs of this relatively young industry…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
March 8, 2017
Adding Photovoltaics to the Saudi Power System: What are the Costs of Intermittency?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Adding Photovoltaics to the Saudi Power System: What are the Costs of Intermittency?

Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar

Intermittent generation from wind or photovoltaics (PV) imposes a cost on the power systems in which they are deployed. These costs vary regionally due to different fuel costs and ramping flexibility of existing grid capacities. With 2015 as a reference…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
Walid Matar Matar, Walid
November 28, 2016
Is unbundling electricity services the way forward for the power sector?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Is unbundling electricity services the way forward for the power sector?

Electricity Journal

High penetration of distributed energy resources will lead to further fragmentation of the power sector, both in the services offered and its value chain. Successful business models will be those that are able to create new products, establish more efficient…

Rolando Fuentes

2016
Is Unbundling Electricity Services the Way Forward for the Power Sector?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Is Unbundling Electricity Services the Way Forward for the Power Sector?

Rolando Fuentes

High penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) will lead to further fragmentation of the power sector, both in the services offered and its value chain. The ‘‘local’’ component of energy policies will probably become increasingly important.

Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
October 5, 2016
Potential Gains From Reforming Price Caps in China’s Power Sector
Electricity Sector Transitions

Potential Gains From Reforming Price Caps in China’s Power Sector

Bertrand Rioux, Philipp Galkin, Axel Pierru, Frederic Murphy

When energy sectors transition from government-controlled to market-driven systems, the legacy regulatory instruments can create unintended market distortions and lead to higher costs. In China, the most notable regulatory throwback is ceilings on electricity prices that generators can charge utilities,…

Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
September 29, 2016
The Renewable Energy Policy Paradox
Electricity Sector Transitions

The Renewable Energy Policy Paradox

Jorge Blazquez, Carlo Andrea Bollino, Rolando Fuentes, Nora Nezamuddin

One major avenue for policymakers to meet climate targets is by decarbonizing the power sector, one component of which is raising the share of renewable energy sources (renewables) in electricity generation. However, promoting renewables in liberalized power markets creates a…

Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
Nora Nezamuddin Nezamuddin, Nora
September 8, 2016
Renewable Energy Policy in India: Creation, Implementation and Efficacy
Electricity Sector Transitions

Renewable Energy Policy in India: Creation, Implementation and Efficacy

India aims to transition from a fossil fuel burning economy to a comparatively low-carbon economy through the increased use of renewables. To achieve this, India aims to build 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, establishing one of the…

August 14, 2016
Quantifying Worldwide Demand Elasticities as a Policy Tool
Electricity Sector Transitions

Quantifying Worldwide Demand Elasticities as a Policy Tool

Carlo Andrea Bollino

This paper provides a comprehensive worldwide database of estimated elasticities for electricity and natural gas for households as a function of income, price, capital stocks and weather conditions.

Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
August 10, 2016
New Business and Regulatory Models for Utilities of the Future
Electricity Sector Transitions

New Business and Regulatory Models for Utilities of the Future

Technological advancements have the potential to disrupt the fundamentals of the electric power sector and to some extent make the current role of utilities obsolete. Many countries face this challenge but so far a generic business and regulatory model has…

August 10, 2016