Handbook of Energy Economics and Policy

Handbook of Energy Economics and Policy

Fundamentals and Applications for Engineers and Energy Planners

1st Edition - May 1, 2021

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  • Editors: Alessandro Rubino, Alessandro Sapio, Massimo La Scala
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128147122
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128147139

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Handbook of Energy Economics and Policy: Fundamentals and Applications for Engineers and Energy Planners presents energy engineers and managers with analytical skills and concepts that enable them to apply simple economic logic to understand the interrelations between energy technologies, economics, regulation and governance of the industry. Sections cover the origins, types and measurement of energy sources, transportation networks, and regulatory and policy issues on electricity and gas at a global level, new economic and policy issues, including innovation processes in the energy industry and economic and policy implications. Final sections cover state-of-the-art methods for modeling and predicting the dynamics of energy systems. Its unique approach and learning path makes this book an ideal resource for energy engineering practitioners and researchers working to design, develop, plan or deploy energy systems. Energy planners and policymakers will also find this to be a solid foundation on which to base decisions.

Key Features

  • Presents key-concepts and their interrelation with energy technologies and systems in a clear way for ready application during planning and deployment of energy technologies and systems
  • Includes global case studies covering a wide array of energy sources and regulatory models
  • Explores methodologies for modeling and forecasting the impacts of energy technologies and systems, as well as their costs and possible business models


Energy engineering researchers, practitioners and graduate students. Professors of energy economics and policy in energy engineering-related graduate courses. Instructors in industry courses. Energy planners and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • Part I - Fundamentals of the energy industry
    1. The energy system
    2. Structural analysis of final energy demand
    3. Energy supply
    4. Energy transportation: gas
    5. Energy transportation: electricity
    6. Wholesale markets - regulation of electricity and gas industry 
    7. Carbon market analysis and risk management

    Part II - Economics and policy of energy transition
    8. Energy innovation and the sustainability transition
    9. Impact of variable renewable energy sources on bulk power systems
    10. Regulatory challenges for energy storage systems
    11. Multicarrier energy systems 
    12. Financing the energy transition: the role of public funding, collaboration and private equity 
    13. Beyond energy independence: the geopolitical externalities of renewables

    Part III - Energy data modelling and forecasting
    14. A macro-evolutionary approach to energy policy
    15. Econometric modelling and forecasting of wholesale electricity prices
    16. Complex systems applications to electric mobility and regional intermittent sources planning

Product details

  • No. of pages: 692
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: May 1, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128147122
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128147139

About the Editors

Alessandro Rubino

Alessandro Rubino is Assistant Professor in Economics at Jonian Department of Law, Economics and Environment at the University of Bari Aldo Moro. Alessandro has worked extensively on energy market integration in the Mediterranean region focussing its work and research on investment under uncertainty in energy infrastructures. He has worked as Senior Manager for international consultancy services and National regulatory authorities for gas and electricity markets. Alessandro holds a PhD in economics from Siena University and is currently member of the editorial board of the Journal Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor in Economics at Jonian Department of Law, Economics and Environment at the University of Bari Aldo Moro

Alessandro Sapio

Alessandro Sapio is Full Professor of Economic Policy at the Parthenope University of Naples. Professor Sapio has been a member of FP7 project Impressions – Impacts and risks from high-end scenarios on climate policy — and has collaborated with research consultancy companies, such as Ricerche per l'Economia e la Finanza. He also contributes to the portal RiEnergia with comments on energy policy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor of Economic Policy at the Parthenope University of Naples

Massimo La Scala

Massimo La Scala is Full Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Politecnico di Bari, Italy, and Director of the Laboratory for the development of renewables and energy efficiency in urban areas: Progetto ZERO (Zero Emission Research Option). He is an active researcher and principal investigator in numerous projects about smart grids and energy systems. He has been a consultant for many agencies involved in the energy business and regulators in Italy and abroad. He is in the panel of experts in cost–benefit analysis ACB 2.0 for the development of the Italian Transmission Grid on behalf of ARERA (energy regulator) and TERNA (TSO).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Electrical Energy Systems, Politecnico di Bari, Italy, Director, Laboratory for the Development of Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Urban Areas: Progetto ZERO (Zero Emission Research Option)

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