Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford
Dr Rahmat Poudineh is an economist and engineer by training, with several years of experience in the economics and regulation of the electricity sector. He has published numerous peer-reviewed academic articles on a number of key issues relating to the energy sector, including: network regulation, electricity market design, power system flexibility, renewable support schemes, gas and power interdependence, power sector reform in developing countries, and the implications of the energy transition for oil companies. He has also co-authored a book on ‘The Economics of Offshore Wind Power: Challenges and Policy Considerations’. Rahmat’s main research interest lies in the design of markets and regulation for future decarbonised energy systems.
Rahmat has been involved in a number of policy oriented projects, including a European Commission funded project on developing a regulatory framework to ensure the security of the European power grid against natural, accidental and malicious damage. He also led a project on sustainable electricity pricing for Tanzania funded by International Growth Centre (IGC).
Rahmat holds a BSc in aerospace engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), a graduate diploma in economics from Queen Mary University of London, MSc in energy economics and policy from University of Surrey, and PhD in energy economics from Durham University, where he received the best thesis prize for his doctoral dissertation on economic regulation of electricity distribution networks.
Its been more than two decades since Britains retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by state-owned entities with regional monopolies. Today, all...