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OAEN 2645 - Energy in Russia and FSU

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Pre-requisite

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Course Description

Russia and FSU region is critical for the global energy system. The countries of the region are undergoing significant transformations, resulting in dramatic shifts of their energy policies and energy sector performance. The course aims at providing students with the critical knowledge and skills to understand historical and macroeconomic background of the institutional frameworks in the post-Soviet energy sector, regulation and State governance, major challenges facing Russia and other FSU countries in the energy sphere both domestically and on the global arena and tools typically used to deal with them. During the course competing political and commercial agendas, main stakeholders and real centres of decision making will be discussed. Specifics of market organization, access to subsoil, ownership, pricing, taxation will be addressed, as well as announced and real priorities of the national energy policies. While somewhat more focus will be put on Russia, energy policies of Ukraine and Caspian countries will be also examined. There will be special focus on the current situation and prospect of the main energy industries in the region – oil, gas, coal, power sector (including nuclear and renewables). The course aims at providing students with the critical knowledge and skills to understand: energy resources production and export potential in the FSU region ; historical background of the institutional frameworks in the energy sector, regulation and State governance ; the macro-economic background and requirements for the energy sector development ; challenges facing Russia and other FSU countries in the energy sphere both domestically and on the global arena ; competing political and commercial agendas ; energy policy framework, main stakeholders and hidden interests, relationship between corporate and national interests and real centres of decision making. The following aspects will be discussed: specifics of market organization, access to subsoil, ownership – public versus private, pricing, taxation ; announced and real priorities of the national energy policies – based on energy fundamentals, political preferences, tools and as well as actors ; obstacles facing market reforms ; evolution of the countries energy balances, targets in optimising fuel mix, inter-fuel competition in different countries and sectors, the role of different types of fuel (oil, gas, coal) ; current situation and prospect of the main energy industries in the region – oil, gas, coal, power sector (including nuclear and renewables).

Teachers

MITROVA, Tatiana (Director, Energy Center)

Pedagogical format

Each session will be divided in two parts: lecture and afterwards Q&As and presentations by several students (based on the additional readings) and discussion among the presenting students, the other students and the professor or business games. All participants are requested to complete the core readings in advance of the class. Additional readings will be assigned individually for making presentations to the class. At the end of the course students prepare individual energy policy papers for the chosen FSU country.

Course validation

Regular attendance and active participation in the discussion that follows the lecture is expected. Validation will be based on class participation, group work during business games, preparation of presentations by students on topics assigned at the class (two short presentations are required) and final project work defense. Course participation and group work during business games, 30% ; Preparations of presentations by students, 30 % ; Final policy paper: 40%.

Required reading

  • World Energy Outlook 2011. IEA. Paris. 2011. Part B – Outlook for Russian Energy. Chapters 7, 8, 9
  • World Energy Outlook 2010. IEA. Paris. 2010. Part D – Outlook for Caspian Energy. Chapters 16, 17, 18
  • Russia 2014 – Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries. IEA. Paris. 2014
  • Additional readings are specified for each session in the Syllabus

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