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      The Economic Impact of Price Controls on China’s Natural Gas Supply Chain
      Regional Energy Markets

      The Economic Impact of Price Controls on China’s Natural Gas Supply Chain

      Bertrand Rioux, Philipp Galkin, Frederic Murphy, Axel Pierru, Kang Wu

      Despite significant progress made by China in liberalizing its natural gas market, certain key areas such as market access and pricing mechanisms remain heavily monopolized or controlled by the government. To assess how such distortions impact the market, we developed…

      Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
      Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
      Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      Kang Wu Wu, Kang
      24th May 2018
      Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas

      Rami Shabaneh, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo

      Natural gas resources in Tanzania and Mozambique have emerged as a new source of gas supply. While they are poised for export to global gas markets, they can also provide a key source of energy to the rest of Eastern…

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Anne-Sophie Corbeau Corbeau, Anne-Sophie
      Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo Nhantumbo, Fernando Tomas
      20th May 2018
      Understanding the Energy Transition
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      Understanding the Energy Transition

      The world of energy is always undergoing transition, but the nature of the current phase of the transition is subject to a wide spectrum of interpretations that are often colored by bias and aspirations for a particular future end-point. In…

      18th April 2018
      Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

      Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

      When balancing the objectives of affordability, reliability and environmental sustainability of energy supply, the answer in developing Asian economies has historically been unequivocal: Coal is king. This is because these nations placed greater emphasis on the first two objectives at…

      30th November 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
      10th October 2017
      Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition: A View From Saudi Arabia
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition: A View From Saudi Arabia

      Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza

      A common priority across G20 countries is the need to reinvigorate economies through an economic transformation that delivers a higher level of better quality growth. At KAPSARC, the need to improve economic growth and deliver climate goals agreed at COP21…

      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
      31st August 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
      Prices Versus Policy: An Analysis of the Drivers of the Fossil Fuel Energy Mix
      Energy and Economic Vulnerability

      Prices Versus Policy: An Analysis of the Drivers of the Fossil Fuel Energy Mix

      Jorge Blazquez, Baltasar Manzano

      Understanding how the composition of a country’s energy mix is formed in an environment where greater government involvement is anticipated due to climate change obligations is critical. This paper is part of a project analyzing drivers of the mix and…

      Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
      Baltasar Manzano Manzano, Baltasar
      5th October 2016
      How Will Natural Gas Adapt to the New Price Environment?
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      How Will Natural Gas Adapt to the New Price Environment?

      During the period 2011-14, buyers – particularly in Europe and Asia – argued that high natural gas prices had been the main obstacle preventing the fuel from fulfilling its promise and increasing its share in the primary energy mix. Key…

      11th April 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
      The Economics of Energy Vulnerability
      Energy and Economic Vulnerability

      The Economics of Energy Vulnerability

      The economic vulnerability of an economy to energy disruptions is traditionally viewed through the lens of price shocks. This ‘energy vulnerability’ is driven by the energy mix, the infrastructure and the supply chain resilience that an economy enjoys.

      24th October 2015
      Has Coal Come to a Fork in the Road?

      Has Coal Come to a Fork in the Road?

      Coal’s future depends on politics and technology. The world currently seems divided between the OECD members—attempting to phase coal out of their energy mix—and much of the rest of the world that is torn between access to cheap energy and…

      11th August 2015
      Natural Gas: Entering the New Dark Age
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Natural Gas: Entering the New Dark Age

      Even the most aggressive decarbonization forecasts of the International Energy Agency (IEA) foresee a growing role for natural gas in 2040. Industry players forecast a role for gas as the fuel of choice, whether as a destination or a bridge…

      6th August 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
      Determinants of energy productivity: A comparison of 39 countries
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Determinants of energy productivity: A comparison of 39 countries

      Quantifying the determinants of a country’s energy productivity trends answers the fundamental question of whether its economy is becoming more energy productive because of technological and efficiency gains, or whether it is due to structural economic shifts. This paper uses…

      7th May 2015