Some notes about Energy

There are three profound challenges facing the energy sector around the world. First, the great commodity super cycle has come to an abrupt end, leading to crashes in the oil, coal and gas prices - undermining the finances of the main producer countries and the companies. 

Secondly, the climate challenge is upon us, and if it is to be addressed, the fossil industries will have to close down over the rest of this century, with or without CCS.

Third, and partly spurred by the drive for low carbon forms of energy, technical change is bringing a transformation not seen since the nineteenth century. New forms of electricity generation, storage, smart infrastructures and radical changes to energy demand are already undermining the conventional technologies. Electric cars and the challenge of new materials to the petrochemical industries are playing their parts too in this great period of change.

These three great changes all fit together.

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Latest Publication

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Peak oil demand and long run oil prices by Dale and Fattouh: a critique

February 12, 2018

Energy Video

The challenge of climate change has left the oil companies on the back foot. What do they do? They are beholden to their shareholders, who look to their dividends and in many cases treat them as proxies for utilities. Those dividends are built on oil...

Publications

  • Publication Energy Peak Oil and Energy Policy - A Critique
    August 23, 2011

    Energy policy has frequently been based upon assumptions about future oil prices. At the end of the 1970s it was assumed oil prices would continue to rise. Now a similar assumption pervades policy design. This article critiques the peak oil hypotheses whi
  • Publication Europe Shale Gas and the Low Carbon Transition in Europe
    May 11, 2011

    Shale Gas - the implications for European energy and climate change policy
  • Publication Energy Look to gas for the future
    March 24, 2011

    Peak oil—the idea that we have passed or are about to pass the physical peak of oil production—is again in fashion. It has been lent impetus by events in the Middle East and North Africa. Predictions abound of imminent price shocks, $200 dollars-a-barrel
  • Publication Europe Rethinking the Economic Borders of the State
    November 18, 2010

  • Publication Energy POLICY PAPER: Market reform: rationale, options and implementation
    October 18, 2010

    As a result of Ofgem’s Project Discovery and the DECC Market Assessment, and with the Climate Change Committee’s Fourth Climate Change Budget due in December 2010, the government is embarked on a market reform process, first through a consultation paper a
  • Publication Europe Energy and environmental policy: options for the future
    November 1, 2009

  • Publication Climate Change The Economics and Politics of Climate Change, OUP
    October 29, 2009

    Edited by Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn Includes contributions from leading climate change policy experts Highly topical and political subject that discusses the Stern Report and the international framework and negotiations for a post-Kyoto cli
  • Publication Climate Change EU climate change policy - a critique
    September 20, 2009

    Introduction Environmental issues in general, and climate change in particular, lend themselves to EU rather than national policy: many of the effects (such as acid rain and later pollution) are regional, and climate change is global. To date, the EU has
  • Publication Europe EU climate-change policy—a critique
    January 28, 2009

    Environmental issues in general, and climate change in particular, lend themselves to EU rather than national policy: many of the effects (such as acid rain and later pollution) are regional, and climate change is global. To date, the EU has had some nota
  • Publication Climate Change Climate-change policy: why has so little been achieved?
    November 1, 2008

    While the scientific evidence for climate change grows, the policy responses have so far had little or no impact on the build-up of emissions. Current trends in emissions are adverse. The paper considers why the disconnect between science and policy exist
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