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Energy Transitions

Energy Transitions

Main editors: B. Efird; A.A. Alabduljabbar

ISSN: 2520-1166 (print version)
ISSN: 2520-114X (electronic version)

Journal no. 41825

Editors-in-Chief 

Dr. Ayman A. Alabduljabbar (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology – KACST, KSA)

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Dr. Ayman received his B.Sc. degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1999. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. During his graduate studies, the focus was on FACTS devices and their techno-economic impacts on power networks. His research’s scope has been expanded since then to cover a wide spectrum of research areas such as power system modeling and simulation, power electronics, renewable resources integration with power systems, power system economics, power quality, and moderate focus on digital systems and embedded programming. In addition, Dr. Ayman has a remarkable experience with real field implementation of custom-designed medium voltage solutions such as Static Var Compensation (SVC) Systems. He is currently holding the position of associate research professor at Water and Energy Research Institute (WERI) at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Brian Efird (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center – KAPSARC, KSA)

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Dr. Efird is a Senior Research Fellow and the Program Director for Policy and Decision Science at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). Dr. Efird received his MA in International Studies and PhD in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University. At KAPSARC, he manages a research portfolio that focuses on a global program of questions in energy policy and energy economics. This program encompasses a multi-disciplinary, multi-national team of researchers who focus on China, India, countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, remote sensing and social science applications, demography and energy, and models of collective decision making processes (CDMPs). Dr. Efird was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University in Washington DC, a consultant on defense and international security matters in Washington, and a consultant applying quantitative models to support corporate negotiations in New York.

Associate Editors 

Dr. Naif Mohammed Al-Abbadi (Saudi Energy Efficiency Center – SEEC, KSA)

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Dr. Al-Abbadi is Director General of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) and member of the SEEC’s Administrative Committee (Executive Board). He is also a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee of the Arab Electricity Ministers Council and member of Saudi National Building Code Committee. Dr. Al-Abbadi was the Director of the Energy Research Institute and chairman of the National Energy Efficiency Program steering committee at KACST from 2005¬¬–2010. He also worked as project manager for the Energy National Science, Technology and Innovation, NSTI Strategy Planning Project from 2006 to 2009; Assistant Director of International Cooperation Directorate at KACST from 2001 to 2005; and Coordinator of the Saudi-United State Renewable Energy Project from 1998 to 2000. His areas of interest include energy efficiency, renewable energy application, assessment and analysis, combustion diagnoses and modeling and pollutants modeling. He has participated in research projects in these fields and has a number of publications in scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Al-Abbadi holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Sciences) from the University of Iowa, Iowa, U.S.A. (1996), an M.Sc. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A. (1990 and 1992 respectively), and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering/Thermal Department from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1985).

Dr. Carlo Andrea Bollino (University of Perugia, Italy and University LUISS, Rome, Italy)

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Dr. Bollino is a Professor of Economics at University of Perugia and Professor of Energy Economics at the University LUISS, Rome in Italy. He is President of AIEE, Italy (Italian Association for Energy Economics) and has been President of IAEE (International Association for Energy Economics) in 2008. He was appointed by the Minister of Industry of Italy, in June 2001, as Energy Advisor to the Minister and in June 2003, as President of GRTN (Italian Electric Transmission network). He has been Chief Economist, ENI; Economist, Bank of Italy; and Research Associate, Project Link for the United Nations. Dr. Bollino was educated in Economics at Bocconi University, Italy (BA 1977) and University of Pensylvania (MA 1981; PhD 1983, with Nobel Winner Prof. Lawrence Klein). He was Lecturer and Professor of Economics also at Universities of Pennsylvania (USA), Campobasso, Sassari and Urbino (Italy). His research fields are Econometric modeling, Consumer behavior, Energy markets, Sustainable and Renewable Energy, Liberalization and Regulation Policy. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles. He has testified to Italy Senate and Parliament briefings, and has provided various governments with technical and policy reports on electricity market liberalization and renewable energy development. Dr. Bollino is the Chief Editor of the Review of Economics and Institutions.

Dr. Bassam Fattouh (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies – OIES, UK)

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Dr. Bassam Fattouh is the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He specializes in global oil markets, oil pricing systems, OPEC dynamics, energy pricing reforms, and Middle East energy policies. He has published a variety of articles on oil and gas topics and his publications have appeared in academic and professional journals. Dr. Fattouh served as a member of an independent expert group established to provide recommendations to the 12th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting for strengthening the architecture of the producer-consumer dialogue through the IEF. He also acts as an adviser to governments and industry, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga (Secretariat of Energy, Mexico)

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Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga was appointed Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons of Mexico on August 1st, 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), based in Riyadh, from January 2012 to July 2016. Since his appointment he has worked on the implementation of the Energy Reform, including the exploration and production bid rounds and the opening of the natural gas and fuels markets in Mexico. Previously, he was Head of the International Affairs Office in the Ministry of Energy and Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aldo Flores-Quiroga is an energy expert, with a major in economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and a PhD in Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1996 to 2011, he was professor at the Department of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University in California. In Mexico, he was visiting professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). His research on trade policy and energy issues has been published in English and Spanish.

Dr. Steven Griffiths (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

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Dr. Griffiths received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in the US. He is currently the Vice President for Research, Associate Provost and Professor of Practice at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At the Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths has overall responsibility for research and academic affairs, including large-scale, collaborative research programs and centers, research development, sponsored programs, technology transfer, and research laboratories. Outside of Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths is advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, a Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee member, a Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, and additionally engaged as an evaluator and mentor in regional and international research and innovation competitions and programs. He served as a member of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and advised the government of Alberta, Canada on provincial innovation system structuring during 2014. Dr. Griffiths is currently Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews as well as Springer’s international journal Energy Transitions and his insights on innovation, energy policy and energy strategy can be found in peer-reviewed journals and think tank publications on a regular basis. Prior to his role at Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology and Development Program’s MIT/Abu Dhabi Program and the founding Executive Vice President of Light Pharma Inc. In these roles he has worked internationally in leading the development and implementation of technical solutions and partnerships across multiple sectors. His interests and expertise span the fields of process design, technology development, and technology strategy.

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

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Dr. Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering in the US. He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the new Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. In 2016 he began service as the Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL; http://rael.berkeley.edu), and was Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 - 2015. has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities, including time at the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell (BA 1984) and Harvard (MA 1986; PhD 1988), and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Kammen helped found over 10 companies, including Enphase that went public in 2012, Renewable Funding (Renew Financial) a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) implementing company that went public in 2014, and Lion Energy, a startup launched with funds form the venture capital community and ARPA-e. Several of Kammen’s students are currently working at ARPA-e directing the energy storage as well as the rare-earth elements efforts. Kammen played a central role in developing the successful bid for the $500 million energy biosciences institute funded by BP. During 2010-2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s first Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. While there Kammen worked on the Kenya-Ethiopia “green corridor” transmission project, Morocco’s green transformation, the 10-year energy strategy for the World Bank, and on investing in household energy and gender equity. He was appointed to this newly-created position in October 2010, in which he provided strategic leadership on policy, technical, and operational fronts. The aim is to enhance the operational impact of the Bank’s renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution’s role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway. Kammen’s work at the World Bank included funding electrified personal and municipal vehicles in China, and the $1.24 billion transmission project linking renewable energy assets in Kenya and Ethiopia. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings, and has provided various governments with more than 50 technical reports. For details see http://rael.berkeley.edu/publications. Dr. Kammen also served for many years on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility. He is the Specialty Chief Editor for Understanding Earth and Its Resources for Frontiers for Young Minds. Kammen is a frequent contributor to or commentator in international news media, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. Kammen has appeared on ‘60 Minutes’ (twice), NOVA, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Dr. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. In the US, has served on several National Academy of Sciences boards and panels.

Dr. Marwan K. Khraisheh (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Qatar)

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Dr. Khraisheh is a Senior Research Director and the Acting Executive Director of Qatar Foundation’s Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). QEERI is one of three national-oriented research institutes within Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) at Qatar Foundation. HBKU’s mission is to support the sustainable development and growth of Qatar and the transformation of the State’s Economy to Knowledge-Based. QEERI is addressing Qatar’s Research Grand Challenges related to Energy Security, Water Security and the Environment. Prior to joining Qatar Foundation, Dr. Khraisheh was the Founding Dean of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and a member of the MIT-Masdar Joint Executive Committee. He also served as the Acting Provost of Masdar Institute. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Dr. Khraisheh was the Secat – J. Morris Endowed Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He also served on the Faculty of AUS and KFUPM. His research interests include materials processing and manufacturing for sustainable applications. Dr. Khraisheh published more than 100 technical papers and delivered a number of plenary and keynote presentations. Dr. Khraisheh is a recipient of a number of awards including the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2004 International Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Eugene Merchant Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the 2003 North American Manufacturing Research Institute (NAMRI) Outstanding Paper Award and the 2005 Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Member of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP). He serves as the Associate Technical Editor of the ASME Transactions Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology (Elsevier). Dr. Khraisheh received a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1990, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

Dr. Pedro Linares (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain)

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Dr. Linares is Professor of Industrial Engineering at the ICAI School of Engineering and co-founder and Director of Economics for Energy. He is also research affiliate at the Institute for Technology Research (IIT) and the BP Chair on Energy and Sustainability, and Research Associate at MIT-CEEPR. He currently serves as Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid. He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from U. Politécnica, Madrid. His research focuses on the relationship between energy, economics and environment, and specifically on sustainable energy, renewable energy and environmental policy, and multicriteria methods applied to resource allocation. He has published about these issues in the major journals in the field. He has also been a consultant for several private and public institutions in Spain, Europe and Latin America. He has more than 20 years’ experience in working with public institutions (European Commission, Spanish Energy Commission, Spanish Government) and with private companies (Iberdrola, Gas Natural Fenosa, Endesa, Acciona, Red Electrica, Enagas). His consultancy has been mostly on developing future energy scenarios (including adaptation to climate change); on assessing the costs and benefits of smart grids, and demand response programs; and on the assessment and design of climate and renewable energy policies.

Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli (Bahrain Center for Strategic, International & Energy Studies, Bahrain)

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My primary affiliation is Program Director for International and Geo-Political Studies at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies, a think tank based in Bahrain. I am also an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University, a US university, and an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, a US think tank based in Washington, DC. I worked full-time at both institutions for five years. I have also been a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. I earned a BA in economics from the University of Cambridge, and a MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago. While living in the US, I served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Joint Advisory Board of Economists, and since relocating to Bahrain, I have served as a member of the Higher Education Council Research Taskforce, and the National Education Council Skills and Innovation Steering Committee. In the economics domain, my primary research interests are political economy, behavioral/experimental economics, the economics of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and the economics of science. I have numerous peer-reviewed publications in international journals, and my research has been covered in mainstream media outlets, such as the Economist magazine and the Newsweek blog. I also regularly write newspaper and magazine articles in outlets such as Al-Hayat newspaper and Newsweek ME, and journalists in a wide variety of outlets quote me when analyzing economics news. Outside of economics, I am the Tumuh program coordinator at the Bahrain Youth Pioneer Society, and I have previously volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Washington, DC, USA; La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL, USA; and St. John Ambulance, UK.

Assistant Editors 

Abdullah A Almehizia-Ph.D.

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Abdullah Almehizia received his B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2010, and the MEng degree in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada in 2014. He completed his Ph.D. degree at Texas A & M University in electrical engineering in College Station, USA in 2018. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the National Center for Technologies of Electrical Energy Systems at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) where he is working on electrical distribution networks monitoring systems. His main research interests are related to renewable energy resources integration and optimization, power system planning, operation, and economics.

Dr. Amro ElShurafa (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center – KAPSARC, KSA)

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Amro possesses 15 years of research experience in the energy and technology domains on three continents. His research interests lie in renewable energy policy. Within that domain, he focuses on technology assessment, cost trends, supply chain development of the solar industry, and how solar energy interacts and affects conventional forms of generation. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. A registered professional engineer in Canada and a senior member of the IEEE , Amro is the author of nearly 40 papers and the inventor of several patents. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering complemented thereafter with an MBA in finance.

Publishing Partners 

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

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The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is a scientific government institution that supports and enhances scientific applied research. It coordinates the activities of government institutions and scientific research centers in accordance with the requirements of the development of the Kingdom. It also cooperates with the relevant authorities in identifying national priorities and policies in technology and science so as to build a scientific and technological basis that serves development in agriculture, industry, mining, etc. It also aims at developing national competences and recruiting highly qualified specialists to help develop and control modern technology in order to serve development in the Kingdom. KACST comprises all the requirements of scientific research, such as laboratories, means of communications, information sources and all necessary facilities.
The city works on the development and investment in the national system of science, technology and innovation, to promote the building of a knowledge-based society, which will serve the sustainable development of the Kingdom through the following functions and responsibilities:
• Formulating policies and national plans for science, technology and innovation
• Coordinating national activities in science, technology and innovation
• Providing support to scientific research and technological development in the Kingdom
• Conducting applied scientific research and technological development
• Developing and strengthening cooperation and local, regional, and international partnerships for technology transfer and development
• Investing in technology development and its commercial processing
• Sponsorship, promoting and investing in intellectual property
• Providing advice and innovative solutions
KACST has partnered with Springer in 2010 to publish a suite of international journals to foster the development of key applied technologies, providing a forum for the dissemination of research advances and successes from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

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King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) was founded as a non-profit global institution for independent research into the economics of energy, to contribute to societal wellbeing and prosperity.
From its base in one of the world’s most important energy-producing regions, KAPSARC develops economic frameworks to reduce the overall costs and environmental impacts of energy supply, increase the value created from energy consumption and achieve effective alignment between energy policy objectives and outcomes.
The center’s research is categorized into six core focus areas:
• Allocating Energy Resources in an Economy
• Energy Flows and Market Impacts
• Energy Productivity
• Energy Transitions
• Social and Environmental Spillovers of Energy Policy Choices
• Transportation: Modes, Fuels and Technologies
The center collaborates with leading international research centers, public policy organizations, and industrial and government institutions, freely sharing its knowledge, insights and analytical frameworks.
KAPSARC studies topics of global importance – with a particular focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Middle East, China and India – both in terms of the impacts of policies on their own societies and the spillovers to interconnected global markets.
The Center draws upon the talent and expertise of an international group of researchers comprising over 20 nationalities.

Senior Publishing Editor  

Dr. Nabil Khélifi (Springer, Germany)

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Dr. Khélifi holds a B.Sc. in Natural Sciences (2001) and a M.Sc. in Earth & Environmental Sciences (2004) from the University of Sfax (Tunisia). He received fellowships from the global change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) in 2005 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2006 to 2010 to continue with his Ph.D. studies in Marine Geosciences (Specialty: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology) at the University of Kiel in Germany. After his Ph.D. in 2010, Dr. Khélifi received a postdoctoral research grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to start his self-designed research projects at the GEOMAR Ocean Research Centre in Kiel, Germany on reconstructing past changes in oceanography and climate in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea using marine sediment samples retrieved by the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and applying foraminiferal and geochemical proxy methods. He published his research findings in many highly ranked scientific journals. Dr. Khélifi also received funding from the European Science Foundation (ESF) and some European universities to co-organize two workshops on Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). In early 2014 he received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (SGES) to continue with his research projects at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Although his interest in scientific research remains strong, Dr. Khélifi decided in March 2014 to pursue his career as a Publishing Editor with Springer (a part of Springer Nature) in Heidelberg, Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing the Springer’s publishing program in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). The program currently consists of developing 15 academic journals from the Arab World and publishing tens of scientific books each year. Dr. Khélifi also helps researchers in MENA countries publish their work by delivering educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve publication output and quality. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Carthage, Tunisia and King Saud University, KSA. Since 2017, Dr. Khélifi is a Senior Publishing Editor with Springer in Heidelberg, Germany. Most recently, Dr. Khélifi has been awarded the 2016 African "Green Future Leadership Award" in recognition of work contributing to sustainable development through advancing science and promoting publications in Africa and Middle East.

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    Energy Transitions delivers leading research that evaluates the policy, economic, and technical challenges and opportunities arising from initiatives to move toward more sustainable and less-carbon intensive power generation mixes. International and multidisciplinary in scope, the journal is fully Open Access thanks to the support of KACST and KAPSARC.

    Energy Transitions will include articles that directly address policy, economic, and technical aspects of energy transitions. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are of particular interest, but lessons and experiences drawn from other countries are also welcome. The effective transition of an energy system requires successfully addressing a number of challenges, potentially transforming policy, markets, and economies. Particularly in the MENA region, with a number of resource rich countries that have a unique historical relationship with the provision of energy to their populations, these transitions rely on behavioral changes driven by policy and economic reform. The journal brings together articles from two thematic areas.

    Energy Economics and Energy Policy

    Topics in this theme will include (but are not be limited to):

    -  Economic, market, and system reforms
    -  Energy efficiency, conservation, and demand-side Management
    -  Policy Frameworks
    -  Renewable and nuclear energy Technologies
    -  Innovative policy support and funding/financing mechanisms for energy transitions
    -  Planning, social, behavioral, and environmental/climate challenges, benefits, and implications of energy transitions

    Electrical Energy Technologies

    Topics in this theme will include articles that include (but are not limited to):

    -  Distributed energy resources
    -  Smart grid applications
    -  Electrical power quality
    -  Wide area measurements, control, and protection
    -  Grid automation
    -  Enabling technologies, case studies/simulations/models, and implementation methods/challenges of technologies and applications linked directly to energy transitions
    -  Decision support systems for energy planning and operation

    Authors submitting to the Energy Technologies theme should not consider basic research or applications that are stand-alone. Rather, a clear connection to energy transitions should be identified and discussed.

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