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Energy Economics and Regulation

The activities of the Power-Economics Regulation research unit are centred on the design and analysis of the regulative measures which make possible the incorporation of strategic, economic and environmental considerations into the management of the energy sector in order that they may guide the technical and financial decisions of buyers and sellers in the energy market with the final objective of maximising net social benefit. The unit is particularly active in the Electricity Sector. We offer an important range of activities, making a significant research contribution both nationally and internationally: - Externally financed research and development projects which include six European projects, three national CENIT projects, and a number of projects commissioned by private institutions and companies. - A contribution to the scientific knowledge base in the form of PhDs, articles in the most important journals in this field and participation in international conferences. - An important teaching role, in particular our committed participation in the PhD and Postgraduate programme in Electrical Engineering in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ICAI) - including the Master’s Degree in the Electricity Sector which is supported by the European Commission through the ERASMUS MUNDUS programme - and a close collaboration with the training courses for European regulators which are organised by the Florence School of Regulation and are supported by the European Union. Amongst other activities, in a European context, the unit also participates in technological training in the electricity sector through the Asociación Universidad/Empresa para la Formación en Sistemas de Energía Eléctrica (AUEF-SEE), which has held a number of international courses. - Advisory and consultancy work commissioned by regulating institutions, operators/traders and by private companies in a wide range of countries (Spain, Holland, Italy, France, Russia, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and so on).

Research topics

  • Energy markets design and regulation
  • Analysis of sustainable energy policies
  • Regulation of energy network infrastructures
  • Network regulation and tariff design with large shares of DER
  • Long-term energy scenarios
  • Energy poverty: indicators, policy and regulation
  • Innovative business models in the power sector
  • Environmental Analysis with Life Cycle Assessment
  • Waste-to-Energy

Education

Coordinator

Dr. Luis Olmos was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1976. He belongs to the research staff of the Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica, Pontificia Comillas University. He got the degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Comillas University in 2000. In 2006, he got the PhD. in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Comillas University. The title of his PhD. disertation was “A regulatory framework for the transmission network in regional electricity markets”. He has extensively reasearched the regulation of energy markets and the economics of power systems, with a special focus on the regulation of the transmission of electricity and all the problems that are related to it: allocation of sunk costs, design of tariffs, management of congestion and plannification of the expansion of the grid.rnrnThroughout his professional career, he has been involved in a large number of reserach and consultancy projects commissioned by public entities and companies from several countries. As a consultant for the Directorate General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, he has been intensively involved in the design and implementation of the Internal Electricity Market of the European Union. He has also got experience in the identification and control of industrial systems of any type. Dr. Olmos has published contributed to several books and published more than 10 papers on these topics in scientific journals and international conferences.