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      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
      29th July 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
      28th November 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
      26th July 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
      24th December 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
      7th June 2015
      Modeling residential electricity consumption and efficiency within an economic framework
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Modeling residential electricity consumption and efficiency within an economic framework

      Walid Matar

      Many countries have promoted energy efficiency and conservation in the residential sector due to its significant contribution to total demand. This paper discusses some of the wider implications of more efficient households on the overall energy system. Various efficiency options,…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      6th March 2015
      Lowering Saudi Arabia’s fuel consumption and energy system costs without increasing end consumer prices
      Energy and Economic Vulnerability

      Lowering Saudi Arabia’s fuel consumption and energy system costs without increasing end consumer prices

      Walid Matar, Frederic Murphy, Axel Pierru, Bertrand Rioux

      Saudi Arabia aims to reduce the growth of its energy demand. This paper outlines an approach that could help the country to reduce substantively its current fuel consumption and could result in a net economic gain without increasing current end…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
      7th March 2014