Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation

The Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation theme addresses the economic and policy aspects of energy systems, combining together expertise on applied economics, innovation theory, energy system organisations and institutions, and the wider policy and regulatory context of energy.

A thorough analysis of energy systems requires not only a good understanding of the physical networks and technologies that they are composed of, but also of the energy markets and policy environments in which they operate. The Policy, Economics and Innovation research theme therefore operates alongside and within all other themes, uniquely allowing the IES to deliver truly interdisciplinary research that covers all aspects of energy systems.

This research theme combines together expertise on applied economics, innovation theory, energy system organisations and institutions, and the wider policy and regulatory context for energy. It applies a range of quantitative and qualitative research tools and methods including optimisation-based market modelling, equilibrium modelling, roadmapping, innovation systems, scenario analysis, transitions management and agent based modelling.  

These tools allow us to address the economic and policy aspects of energy systems in larger inter-disciplinary research projects, and to advise our partners, including the Scottish and UK Governments and many private sector organisations. 

Theme leader: Henry Jeffrey

Research areas within this research theme:

 

Technology policy

  • Roadmaps
  • Standards

For more information about our research in this area see the website of our Policy and Innovation Group or contact Henry Jeffrey.

Techno-economic modelling of energy markets and networks

  • Optimisation and equilibrium modelling of imperfectly competitive energy markets, including interactions between gas, electricity, heat and carbon markets.
  • Analysis of the effects of risk, uncertainty and risk aversion on investment in and regulation of electricity markets.
  • Agent-based modelling of energy markets.
  • Optimal generation and transmission investment in developing countries, including optimal transition paths.

For more information about our research in this area, contact Harry van der Weijde.

Energy demand

  • Composition of energy demand, and future developments.
  • Values and costs of flexibility.

For more information about our research in this area, see the Power Systems theme.

Renewable generation

  • Optimal siting of offshore wind and other marine renewables, weighing average output against variability and cost, and considering interactions between wind, wave and tidal resources.
  • Determining the cost of energy and optimal generation and usage strategies for renewable generation capacity in remote locations.
  • Impact of increasing amounts of renewable generation on energy markets.

For more information about our research in this area, see the Energy and Climate ChangeOffshore Renewable Energy and Power Systems themes.

Energy storage

  • System level benefits of energy storage and implications for market design.
  • Energy storage potential in the UK.

For more information about our research in this area, see the Energy Storage and Carbon Capture theme.

Carbon capture and storage

  • Value of flexible carbon capture-equipped generators, in which both generation and capture levels are controllable.

For more information about our research in this area, see the Energy Storage and Carbon Capture theme.

Interactions between energy markets and the wider economy

  • Computable general equilibrium modelling of the effects of increasing energy efficiency on energy markets and the wider economy.

For more information about our research in this area, contact Harry van der Weijde.

The energy trilemma
The energy trilemma: Meeting the requirements for reducing CO2 emissions, competitive energy costs, and securing the energy supply (Source: E.ON)
UK Marine Energy Deployment Strategy and Technology Development Targets
UK Marine Energy Deployment Strategy and Technology Development Targets

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