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Abstract

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 leaders in renewable energy. This collection explores the drivers for the widespread adoption of renewable energy around the GCC, the need for renewable energy and the policy-economic factors that can create success.

https://www.routledge.com/The-Economics-of-Renewable-Energy-in-the-Gulf-1st-Edition/Akhonbay/p/book/9781138351905

Contributors: Ghada Abdulla, Hisham Akhonbay, Abdullah Al-Badi, Walid Ali, Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Maha Alsabbagh, Omar Al-Ubaydli, Moiz Bohra, Sylvain Cote, Nasreddine El-Dehaibi, Amro Elshurafa, Bassam Fattouh, Stephen Gitonga, Steve Griffiths, Marwan Khraisheh, Walid Matar, Daniah Orkoubi, Rahmatallah Poudineh, Shreekar Pradhan, Antonio Sanfilippo, Anupama Sen, Marilyn Smith, David Wogan, Lama Yaseen, Karen Young.

 

 

Authors

Hisham Akhonbay

Hisham Akhonbay

Hisham wasa research fellow in the Policy and Decision Science program working on GCC energy cooperation and research and was… Hisham wasa research fellow in the Policy and Decision Science program working on GCC energy cooperation and research and was with KAPSARC since its inception.

Imtenan Al-Mubarak

Acting Head of Research Strategy Management Office Imtenan Al-Mubarak is the acting head of KAPSARC’s Research Strategy Management Office. She was previously a research fellow at KAPSARC,… Imtenan Al-Mubarak is the acting head of KAPSARC’s Research Strategy Management Office. She was previously a research fellow at KAPSARC, focusing on policy research with an emphasis on data science and machine learning. Before joining KAPSARC, Imtenan worked at several companies in Chicago, and at Electronia in Dammam and Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She holds a master’s degree with distinction from DePaul University, Chicago, for which she was awarded the Golden Key International Honor. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of several professional organizations. She is a Future Energy Leader at the World Energy Council in London and a board member at a non-profit organization in San Francisco. She also holds a patent in the United States (issued November 8, 2016).

Expertise

  • Data science
  • Machine learning
  • Industry and entrepreneurship
  • Game theory
  • Bargaining models
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Policy assessment
  • Geopolitics
  • GCC energy policies and economics
  • Transition management.

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Sylvain Côté

Sylvain Côté

Sylvain was a senior research fellow in the Energy and Macroeconomics program, where he led the research on energy transitions…

Sylvain was a senior research fellow in the Energy and Macroeconomics program, where he led the research on energy transitions and employment. Participating on various advisory committees, he also provided policy insights and advice on labor market strategies. Sylvain has held similar research responsibilities relating to energy efficiency and rebound, and the future energy demand in transportation.

Amro Elshurafa

Research Fellow Amro is a research fellow with 15 years of research experience on three continents in the fields of technology and energy. His… Amro is a research fellow with 15 years of research experience on three continents in the fields of technology and energy. His interests lie in renewable energy policy, particularly technology assessment, cost trends, supply chain development of the solar industry, and how solar energy interacts and affects conventional forms of power generation. Previously, he was a research fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a registered professional engineer in Canada and a senior member of the IEEE. Amro is the author of more than 40 papers and reports and is also the inventor of several patents.

Expertise

  • Solar PV
  • Renewable energy policy and microgrids

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Walid Matar

Research Fellow Walid works on developing energy system models. He developed the following components of the KAPSARC Energy Model (KEM): electric power… Walid works on developing energy system models. He developed the following components of the KAPSARC Energy Model (KEM): electric power generation, electricity transmission, oil refining, petrochemicals and fertilizers, and cement production. He is currently working on a bottom-up residential electricity use framework that merges microeconomics with the physical laws governing electricity use.

Expertise

  • Modeling energy systems
  • Electricity Prices
  • Energy Efficiency and The Interdisciplinary Connection Between Energy Economics and Engineering

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Shreekar Pradhan

Shreekar Pradhan

Shreekar was a senior research associate with an interest in evaluating energy policies in an integrated energy-economic model with a focus… Shreekar was a senior research associate with an interest in evaluating energy policies in an integrated energy-economic model with a focus on international trade and environment. He was involved in developing integrated energy-economic models, and his research works employed economic modeling that encompassed general equilibrium and partial equilibrium models.

David Wogan

David Wogan

Former Research Associate David is a former research associate who centered on modeling the economics of integrated energy systems, with a focus on Saudi… David is a former research associate who centered on modeling the economics of integrated energy systems, with a focus on Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Gulf countries. His recent studies have focused on the impact of energy price reform on the technology and fuel mix of the Saudi energy sector and the nexus of water, energy, and agriculture. Prior to joining KAPSARC, David led energy efficiency efforts at the municipally-owned electric utility in Austin, Texas and served the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Lama Yaseen

Senior Research Analyst Lama is a software developer and senior research analyst in KAPSARC’s Policy and Decision Science program. She is one of… Lama is a software developer and senior research analyst in KAPSARC’s Policy and Decision Science program. She is one of the main contributors to the KAPSARC Toolkit for Behavioral Analysis (KTAB). Lama is also working on a project examining renewable energy policies in the GCC, which identifies effective policies to promote deployment of renewable energy. In addition, she is developing a project on energy access in humanitarian assistance missions, which aims to provide a better understanding of basic energy demand in displaced communities.

Expertise

  • Research tool development
  • Modeling collective descision making processes
  • GCC cooperation
  • Energy access for humanitarian assistance.

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