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Abstract

Countries in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, commonly known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), established a regional power grid to support member countries’ high voltage networks in 2001 but, to date, the system has remained underutilized. The intended purpose of the grid was to provide backup electricity during emergencies caused by power system outages, especially during the summer, and to share spinning reserves, optimize capital investments in electricity and reduce fuel costs. The grid has been fully operational since 2011 and has satisfied its intended purpose. However, GCC member states have largely failed to take advantage of options associated with the grid to trade electricity. This paper uses the KAPSARC Toolkit for Behavioral Analysis platform, a model of collective decision-making processes developed at KAPSARC, to examine the political feasibility of expanding the utilization of the GCC grid to include trading electricity.

Authors

Paul Mollet

Paul Mollet

Research Fellow Paul is a research fellow in the Policy and Decision Sciences program. He is a former journalist and energy market…

Expertise

  • Energy transition
  • climate change and oil markets

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Imtenan Al-Mubarak

Imtenan Al-Mubarak

Research Associate Imtenan is a research associate in KAPSARC’s Policy and Decision Science program focusing on energy and economic policy research with an…

Expertise

  • Data science
  • machine learning
  • industry and entrepreneurship
  • game theory
  • bargaining models
  • behavioral analysis
  • policy assessment
  • geopolitics
  • GCC energy policies and economics
  • and transition management.

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The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

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Brian Efird

Brian Efird

Program Director Dr. Brian Efird is the program director for Policy and Decision Science. He manages a multidisciplinary, multi-national team of researchers…

Expertise

  • Behavioral modeling
  • geopolitics
  • defense and national security studies
  • human geography
  • and strategic communication

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The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

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Assessment of the Political Feasibility of Developing a GCC Power Market

Countries in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, commonly known as…

October 4, 2018
Saleh Al Muhanna

Saleh Al Muhanna

Research Analyst Saleh is a senior research analyst in the Policy and Decision Science program. His interests lie in geopolitical research, international…

Expertise

  • Political theory
  • geopolitics
  • and international trade.

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The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

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Omar Al-Ubayli

Omar Al-Ubayli

External Author Omar is the program director of Economics and Energy Studies at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies…

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