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Trends in Global Solar PV Installation
Electricity Sector Transitions

Trends in Global Solar PV Installation

Amro Elshurafa

Dozens of governments around the world 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 emission reduction targets, and contribute to their domestic…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
October 6, 2019
The Potential of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study
Electricity Sector Transitions

The Potential of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study

Abdelrahman Muhsen, Amro Elshurafa

Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly referred to as distributed generation (DG) solar systems, can play a central role in the energy mix for sustainable cities. As with all forms of power generation, DG carries technical, financial, policy, and market…

Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
October 1, 2019
Crude Oil Use in the Saudi Electricity Sector
Electricity Sector Transitions

Crude Oil Use in the Saudi Electricity Sector

Thamir Alshehri

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken several measures to promote sustainability in its electricity sector. In 2016 and 2018, the government of Saudi Arabia introduced a range of reforms as part of Saudi Vision 2030 to modernize the economy…

Thamir Alshehri Alshehri, Thamir
September 29, 2019
Behavioral Analysis on Developing a GCC Power Market
Regional Energy Markets

Behavioral Analysis on Developing a GCC Power Market

Nourah Al Hosain

In 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) completed the construction of a regional power grid connecting the Gulf states. Its main purpose was to provide backup in case of power emergencies. The grid also increases the likelihood of…

Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
September 29, 2019
Political Feasibility of Enhancing India’s Midcentury Target for Emissions Intensity

Political Feasibility of Enhancing India’s Midcentury Target for Emissions Intensity

AlJawhara Al Quayid, Nourah Al Hosain, Yagyavalk Bhatt, Paul Mollet

India’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown along with its rapid economic growth, making it the world’s third-largest emitter after China and the United States. Under the Paris Agreement, India has committed to reduce its emissions intensity relative to its GDP…

AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
September 18, 2019
India’s Increasing Imports of Crude Oil
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

India’s Increasing Imports of Crude Oil

Yagyavalk Bhatt

Surging global benchmark crude oil rates, tied with a depreciating Indian rupee against the United States dollar (US$) and India’s increasing dependence on crude oil imports, are likely to push India’s crude oil import bill higher. This insight sheds light…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
September 18, 2019
Temperature Trends Across Cities in Saudi Arabia
Electricity Sector Transitions

Temperature Trends Across Cities in Saudi Arabia

Turki Alaqeel, Nawaz Peerbocus

KAPSARC examined temperature data for 11 cities spread across Saudi Arabia over 10 years. Except for Makkah, all cities in Saudi Arabia were warmer in 2018 compared with the national 10-year average. 

Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
Nawaz Peerbocus Peerbocus, Nawaz
September 15, 2019
The Challenges in Measuring Global Oil Production
Future of Global Oil Markets

The Challenges in Measuring Global Oil Production

Timely and accurate oil production data is critical for understanding both the short-term oil market and for global energy balances. In the absence of reliable official data from many key oil producing countries, oil market analysts rely on a range…

September 12, 2019
US Rolls Back Regulation but the Oil Industry Moves Forward
Climate Change Policies and Governance

US Rolls Back Regulation but the Oil Industry Moves Forward

Paul Mollet

On August 28, 2019, the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a series of amendments to Obama-era environmental regulations covering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that it claims will save the oil and gas industry millions of dollars in…

Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
September 12, 2019
Aramco and Reliance: Alliance Between Giants
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Aramco and Reliance: Alliance Between Giants

Kaushik Deb

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced at its 42nd annual general meeting that it had signed a letter of intent to sell a 20% stake in RIL’s chemicals, refining and fuel marketing (oil-to-chemicals [O2C]) business to Saudi Aramco in a…

Kaushik Deb Deb, Kaushik
September 9, 2019
Assessing Energy Policy Instruments: LNG Imports Into Saudi Arabia
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Assessing Energy Policy Instruments: LNG Imports Into Saudi Arabia

Rami Shabaneh, Maxime Schenckery

Natural gas is already playing a prominent role in diversifying Saudi Arabia’s power mix away from a heavy reliance on oil-based fuels. Between 2010 and 2017, the share of natural gas used in power generation in Saudi Arabia grew from…

Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
Maxime Schenckery Schenckery, Maxime
September 2, 2019
Is the Time Ripe for Private Investment in Interconnections in the MENA Region?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Is the Time Ripe for Private Investment in Interconnections in the MENA Region?

Shahid Hasan

Efforts to integrate power systems and markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are gaining momentum. With rapidly growing regional electricity demand, the development of an integrated electricity market…

Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
September 2, 2019
Gasoline Price Reform in Saudi Arabia
Productivity and Economic Diversification

Gasoline Price Reform in Saudi Arabia

Anwar Gasim, Mohammad Aldubyan

Saudi Arabia has been adjusting gasoline prices on a quarterly basis since the start of 2019, with the most recent adjustment occurring on July 14, 2019. These adjustments depend on changes in international oil prices, and are smaller than the…

Anwar Gasim Gasim, Anwar
Mohammad Aldubyan Aldubyan, Mohammad
September 1, 2019
KAPSARC’s Contribution to Evaluating the Impact of Price Controls
Regional Energy Markets Models, Data and Tools

KAPSARC’s Contribution to Evaluating the Impact of Price Controls

Axel Pierru, Walid Matar

The European Journal of Operational Research has just published a paper, “Measuring the effects of price controls using mixed complementarity models” (2019). It detailed a series of innovative modeling approaches developed by KAPSARC researchers over the last six years. The…

Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
Walid Matar Matar, Walid
September 1, 2019
Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Keigo Akimoto, Jun Arima, Mustafa Babiker, Mark Caine, David Hobbs, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Adam Sieminski, Nico Stehr, Hiroyuki Tezuka, Masakazu Toyoda, Eric Williams

A viable, least-cost pathway to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future must lie within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. The rulebook for the Agreement was in many ways rewritten at the 2018 United…

Keigo Akimoto Keigo Akimoto
Jun Arima Jun Arima
Mustafa Babiker Mustafa Babiker
Mark Caine Mark Caine
David Hobbs Hobbs, David
Eija-Riitta Korhola Eija-Riitta Korhola
Adam Sieminski Adam Sieminski
Nico Stehr Nico Stehr
Hiroyuki Tezuka Hiroyuki Tezuka
Masakazu Toyoda Masakazu Toyoda
Eric Williams Williams, Eric
August 29, 2019
Techno-Economics of Solar PV on Mosque Rooftops: Results from a Pilot Study in Saudi Arabia
Electricity Sector Transitions

Techno-Economics of Solar PV on Mosque Rooftops: Results from a Pilot Study in Saudi Arabia

Amro Elshurafa, Abdullah Alsubaie, Ayman Alabduljabbar, Shafi Al-Hsaien

There are an estimated 3.5 million mosques worldwide. The relatively large surface area of most mosque rooftops and their ubiquity in the Muslim world make them excellent candidates for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. Muslims congregate for prayers at mosques five…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
Abdullah Alsubaie Abdullah Alsubaie
Ayman Alabduljabbar Ayman Alabduljabbar
Shafi Al-Hsaien Shafi Al-Hsaien
August 28, 2019
The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy

AlJawhara Al Quayid, Saleh Al Muhanna, Paul Mollet

Article 4.19 of the 2015 Paris Agreement calls on signatories to formulate and communicate “long-term low greenhouse gas development strategies,” widely known as the mid-century strategy (MCS). Any enhancement of the European Union’s (EU’s) targets in its MCS depends on…

AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
August 22, 2019
India’s Oil Imports: Achilles’ Heel or Economic Javelin?
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

India’s Oil Imports: Achilles’ Heel or Economic Javelin?

Yagyavalk Bhatt, Paul Mollet, Jitendra Roychoudhury

Presenting India’s 2019 budget on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sketched out the Modi government’s vision of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024, almost doubling the country’s current gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.73 trillion. To achieve this…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Jitendra Roychoudhury Roychoudhury, Jitendra
August 21, 2019