Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security

Portfolio Optimization in the Energy Sector: A Tribute to the work of Dr. Shimon Awerbuch

Edited By

  • Morgan Bazilian
  • Fabien Roques

This is an ideal volume for professionals in academia, industry and government interested in the rapidly evolving area at the nexus between energy and climate change policy. The cutting-edge international contributions allow for a wide coverage of the topic. Energy Diversity and Security focuses on the consideration of financial risk in the energy sector. It describes how tools borrowed from financial economic theory, in particular mean-variance portfolio theory, can provide insights on the costs and benefits of diversity, and thus inform investment decision making in conditions of uncertainty. It gives the reader an in-depth understanding of how to manage risk at a time when the world’s focus is on this area. The book provides insights from leading authorities in the area of energy security. It gives readers abundant, rigorous analysis and guidance at a critical time in facing the twin challenges of energy security and climate change. The book also highlights the role of clean energy technology in moving towards future diverse and intelligent electricity systems. It will be a trusted, first point of reference for decision-makers in the field of energy policy.The book includes a foreword by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner. All royalties from sale of this book will be donated to charities working in the energy sector in the developing world.
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Professionals in academia, industry and government interested in the rapidly evolving area at the nexus between energy and climate change policy.


Book information

  • Published: October 2008
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-056887-4


"The world is at a point where it is critically important to make the right tradeoffs between different sources of energy. Shimon Awerbuch’s unique contribution was to show how to do so rationally, in the face of fluctuating costs and risks. It was groundbreaking work, and its impact will only grow over time." Michael Liebrich, CEO New Energy Finance "Dr. Awerbuch’s work helped the business and industry sectors to better understand the costs and risks of investing in renewable energy, an extremely important contribution." James Cameron, Vice-Chairman, Climate Change Capital "Shimon Awerbuch has made an invaluable contribution by bringing the perspectives of finance theory to bear on the practical problems of analysing risk in energy markets, showing that a risk efficient portfolio of technologies may look quite different from the least expected cost choice, and thus providing powerful arguments for diversity and the use of renewables." Professor David Newberry, Cambridge University

Table of Contents

PrefaceForeword 1, R. Pachauri, TERIForeword 2, Eddie O’Connor, AirtricityReader's Guide, The EditorsIntroduction: Analytic Approaches to Quantify and Value Fuel Mix Diversity, The Editors Part I: Assessing Risks, Costs and Fuel Mix Diversity for Electric Utilities1. Diversity and Sustainable Energy Transitions: Multicriteria Diversity Analysis of Electricity Portfolios, by Andy Stirling2. The Value of Renewable Energy as a Hedge Against Fuel Price Risk: Analytic Contributions from Economic and Finance Theory, by Mark Bolinger and Ryan Wiser3. Using Portfolio Theory to Value Power Generation Investments, by The Editors4. Use of Real Options as a Policy-Analysis Tool, by William BlythPart II: Applying Portfolio Theory to Identify Optimal Power Generation Portfolios5. Efficient Electricity Generating Portfolios for Europe: Maximizing Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation, by Shimon Awerbuch and Spencer Yang6. Portfolio Analysis of the Future Dutch Generating Mix, by Jaap C. Jansen and Luuk Beurskens 7. The Role of Wind Generation in Enhancing Scotland’s Energy Diversity and Security:A Mean-Variance Portfolio Optimization of Scotland’s Generating Mix, by Shimon Awerbuch, In Collaboration with Jaap C. Jansen and Luuk Beurskens8. Generation Portfolio Analysis for a Carbon Constrained and Uncertain Future, by Ronan Doherty, Hugh Outhred and Mark O’Malley9. The Economics of Renewable Resource Credits, by Christiaan Hogendorn and Paul Kleindorfer Part III: Frontier Applications of the Mean-Variance Optimization Model for Electric Utilities Planning10. Efficient and Secure Power for the United States and Switzerland, by Boris Krey and Peter Zweifel 11. Portfolio Optimiztion and Utilities’ Investments in Liberalized Power Markets, by Fabien A. Roques, David M. Newbery, William J. Nuttall 12. Risk Management in a Competitive Electricity Market, by Min Liu and Felix F. Wu13. Application of Mean-variance Analysis to Locational Value of Generation Assets, by Serhiy Kotsan and Stratford Douglas14. Risk, Embodied Technical Change and Irreversible Investment Decisions in UK Electricity Production: An Optimum Technology Portfolio Approach, by Adriaan van Zon and Sabine FussIndexShimon Awerbuch BiographyCharityAbout the Editors