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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
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
Adding Solar PV to the Saudi Power System: What is the Cost of Intermittency?

Adding Solar PV to the Saudi Power System: What is the Cost of Intermittency?

Energy Transitions

Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar

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
Efficient industrial energy use: The first step in transitioning Saudi Arabia’s energy mix

Efficient industrial energy use: The first step in transitioning Saudi Arabia’s energy mix

Energy Policy

In Saudi Arabia, industrial fuel prices are administered below international prices and firms make decisions based on low energy prices, increasing domestic energy demand. This analysis explores alternative policies designed to induce a transition to a more efficient energy system…

Walid Matar, Frederic Murphy, Axel Pierru, Bertrand Rioux, David Wogan

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
The prospects for coal-fired power generation in Saudi Arabia

The prospects for coal-fired power generation in Saudi Arabia

Energy Strategy Reviews

Almost all of Saudi Arabia’s electric power generation is fueled by oil and gas. Plans for future capacity envisage nuclear and renewables supplementing this mix and thereby freeing up oil for other revenue-generating opportunities. Coal-fired generation has been promoted in…

Walid Matar, Rodrigo Echeverri, Axel Pierru

2016
The Responsiveness of Fuel Demand to Gasoline Price in Passenger Transport
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

The Responsiveness of Fuel Demand to Gasoline Price in Passenger Transport

Walid Matar

Empirical estimates of fuel demand changes to price variation are based on historical consumption and prices, and can be applied as a single point estimate to a wide range of price movements. However, if fuel prices are set outside the…

Walid Matar Matar, Walid
July 26, 2016
The Prospects for Coal-fired Power Generation in Saudi Arabia

The Prospects for Coal-fired Power Generation in Saudi Arabia

Axel Pierru, Walid Matar

Almost all of Saudi Arabia’s electric power generation is fueled by oil and gas. Plans for future capacity envisage nuclear and renewables supplementing this mix and freeing up oil for other revenue-generating opportunities. Coal-fired generation has been promoted in some…

Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
Walid Matar Matar, Walid
December 24, 2015
Efficient Industrial Energy Use: The First Step in Transitioning Saudi Arabia’s Energy Mix
Productivity and Economic Diversification

Efficient Industrial Energy Use: The First Step in Transitioning Saudi Arabia’s Energy Mix

Walid Matar, Axel Pierru, Frederic Murphy, David Wogan, Bertrand Rioux

External observers worry about whether Saudi domestic consumption of oil will crowd out exports. This is based on simple extrapolations which suggest that in a little more than 20 years Saudi Arabia may become a net importer of hydrocarbon fuels.…

Walid Matar Matar, Walid
Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
David Wogan Wogan, David
Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
June 7, 2015