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Courses and Seminars


Past and forthcoming seminars by the project team members:

  • Unpacking the Distributional Effects of the Energy Crisis: Evidence from the Spanish Electricity Market” presented by Natalia Fabra. December 2023, Presidential Address, Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía. (Slides) (Video)
  • Challenges for Renewable Energy Investments” presented by Natalia Fabra. November 2023, Yale Climate, Environment and Economic Growth Conference (Slides)
  • “Renewable Energies and Storage: Friends or Foes?” presented by Natalia Fabra. September 2023, JRC Ispra seminar (Slides)
  • “Decarbonizing Power: Challenges for expanding renewable energies” presented by Natalia Fabra. August 2021, EEA-ESEM Conference (Slides)
  • “Energy Efficiency Can Deliver for Climate Policy: Evidence from Machine Learning-Based Targeting” presented by Mateus Souza. June 2023. 28th EAERE Annual Conference. (Slides)
  • “Reforming European Electricity Markets”presented by Natalia Fabra. June 2023. BECCLE Conference. (Slides)
  • “Socio-Economic Aspects of Energy Storage” presented by Natalia Fabra. November 2022. ERC-EIC Energy Storage Workshop. (Slides)
  • “Guidelines on State Aid for Climate, Environmental Protection, and Energy” presented by Natalia Fabra. November 2022. ACE Conference. (Slides)
  • “Electricity Markets in Transition”  presented by Natalia Fabra. November 2022. Meeting with the European Central Bank Governing Council. (Slides)
  • “The Energy Crisis: Emergency Interventions and Structural Reform” presented by Natalia Fabra. September 2022. Meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). (Slides)
  • Electricity Market Interventions and Market Design” presented by Natalia Fabra. October 2022. Meeting with the World Bank. (Slides)
  • “Electricity Market Reforms: Short and Long Term Options” presented by Natalia. Fabra. October 2022. OECD  Workshop. (Slides)
  • “Do renewables create local jobs?” presented by Natalia Fabra, June 2022. OECD Expert Workshop on Environmental Policies, Social and Economic Outcomes. (Slides)
  • “Efficiency and Distributional Impacts of Real-Time Pricing for Electricity” presented by Natalia Fabra, June 2022, Toulouse. 13th Conference on the Economics of Energy and Climate (Keynote lecture). (Slides) (Video); presented by Natalia Fabra, June 2022, The Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics (Keynote Lecture) (Video)
  • “The energy transition: a challenge for industrial economics”, presented by Natalia Fabra, January 2022, Paris Energy Economics Seminar (Virtual). (slides)
  • “La cuestión eléctrica”, presented by Natalia Fabra, September 2021, Workshop Banco de España, Universidad de Vigo. (Slides).
  • Energy Tax Exemptions and Industrial Production“, presented by Stefan Lamp, September 2021, VfS Annual Conference 2021: Climate Economics. (Slides).
  • “The implicit cost of carbon abatement during the COVID-19 pandemic”, presented by Mateus Souza at EAERE Conference 2021, Summer Workshop on “Empirical Methods in Energy Economics” 2021, and EEA-ESEM Virtual 2021. (Slides)
  • “Storing Power: Market Structure Matters”, presented by David Andrés at 9th Mannheim Conference on Energy and the Environment, 2021 Virtual Meeting of the International Industrial Organization Conference, CESifo Area Conference on Energy and Climate Economics 2021 and Energy Workshop (TSE-Carlos III, Madrid). (Slides)
  • “Retos de la Transición Energética”, presented by Natalia Fabra, May 2021, Mujeres en Economía (Slides).
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of energy storage?“, presented by Natalia Fabra, April 2021 , SITE Stockholm University, Monash University (Slides)
  • The Spanish Economy, the Power Sector and the Pandemic“, presented by Natalia Fabra, Bank of Spain, March 2021 (Slides)
  • The Green Deal and Competition Policy“, presented by Natalia Fabra at IX International Academic Symposium, Barcelona (slides)
  • “Machine Learning Can Improve Benefit-Cost Analyses of Energy Efficiency Retrofits” presented by Mateus Souza at UC3M (Applied Economics Reading Group) (slides).
  • Predictive Counterfactuals for Treatment Effect Heterogeneity in Event Studies with Staggered Adoption“, presented by Mateus Souza at Universidade Católica de Brasília. (slides).
  • Clean Energy Access: Gender Disparity, Health, and Labor Supply“, presented by Imelda at Paris School of Economics (October 2020), Université Paris-Dauphine (October 2020), Universidad de Navarra (October 2020), EAERE-FEEM Summer School, NEUDC, University of Luxemburg. (slides)
  • Auctioning Renewables” Keynote Lecture by Natalia Fabra at the SURED Annual Conferece (slides)
  • Technology-Neutral vs Technology-Specific Procurement”, presented by Natalia Fabra at University of Zurich (November 2021, slides), ZEW (University of Mannheim, January 2021), University of Montpellier, TILEC (Tilburg University) , EconPol Annual Conference  (slides),  SITE (Stockholm School of Economics),  Paris School of Economics, Virtual Market Design (video), UC Davis, ARENA. Presented by Juan Pablo Montero at 2020 RIDGE Virtual Forum (Workshop on Environmental Economics), and Centro UC Cambio Global (Slides). 
  • “Market Power and Price Exposure: Learning from Changes in Renewables Regulation“, presented at NYU, Cambridge University, PUC Chile, CREST (Paris), SciencePo (Paris), Dauphine (Paris), Imperial College (London), CEPR VIOS, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) (slides)
  • Auctions with unknown capacities: understanding competition among renewables“, presented by Natalia Fabra at ETH (Zurich, Nov. 2018), Simposio de Análisis Económico (Madrid, Dec 2018), University of Toulouse, Energy Economics (Madrid), Isaac Newton, Institute (Cambridge), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, PUC (Santiago de Chile), Ecares (Brussels), the University of Mannheim, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Toulouse Conference on Energy Economics, IESE, Florence School of Regulation, Boconni University, University of Vienna (slides)
  • Real Time Pricing for Everyone”, presented by Mar Reguant at ASSA Meetings, London School of Economics, EPIC (University of Chicago).
  • Variable Pricing and the Cost of Renewable Energy“, presented by Imelda at ZEW (Mannheim), International Energy Agency. (slides)
  • Cooking That Kills: Cleaner Energy Access, Indoor Air Pollution, and Health“, presented by Imelda at Royal Economic Society, UC3M (october 2018) (slides)
  • The Energy Transition: Markets and Policies“. Keynote lecture by Natalia Fabra at the AEEE Annual conference (slides).



PhD course on Energy Economics @uc3m

During the last two decades, the energy sectors have experienced radical regulatory changes. Drawing on economic analysis, we will study specific regulatory experiences, and will discuss the business and public policy issues that they have raised. Topics include the development and organization of spot and futures markets in energy; the determinants of investment and entry in these industries; competition in wholesale electricity markets; renewables investment and policies towards demand response, among others. Students will learn to apply the most recent theories to analyze the performance of these markets, as well as to understand empirical and simulation analysis that have been developed to shed light on the effects changes in market design or market structure.

Syllabus of the course can be found here.

Topics covered:

  1. Electricity Markets Overview (slides)
  2. Theoretical Analysis of Market Power in Electricity Markets (slides 1 , slides 2, slides 3)
  3. Empirical Analysis of Market Power in Electricity Markets (slides)
  4. Renewables Policy (slides)
  5. Investment Incentives and Capacity Mechanisms.
  6. The Economics of Energy Storage and Demand Response (slides)
  7. Pollution Permits and Taxes (slides)
  8. The Impact of Climate Change Policies on Regulated Industries (slides)
  9. Behavioral Energy Economics (slides)
  10. Energy Efficiency (slides)
  11. Targeting Energy Interventions (slides)

Lectures by Natalia Fabra on Competition and Market Design in Electricity Markets (DIW Berlin Summer School, September 2019, event link)

The class material can be found here.