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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
  • *Analysis of Sustainable Energy Policies
  • *Regulation of Energy Network Infrastructures
  • *Energy Markets Design and Regulation

Education

Coordinator

Dr. Pablo Rodilla is Researcher with Comillas Pontifical University\\\'s Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) in Madrid, where he is Coordinator of the Energy Regulation and Economics Research Group. He is professor at the ICAI School of Engineering of both Energy Economics and Electric Power Systems Regulation. He has worked and lectured extensively on the one side on the operation and planning of electricity generation, with special focus on mathematical programming models of imperfect energy markets and planning models for integration of RES-E technologies and, on the other, on electric power system regulation, specializing in wholesale and capacity markets design. He has also rendered consultant services for governments, international institutions, industrial associations and utilities in over ten countries. He has published over 15 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. Since August 2015, he is Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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