Title: Real Options Theory and EU Member States Energy Investment Strategies
Publisher: UCL STEaPP
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC90748
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1469416/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: According to the European Commission’s latest energy and climate proposals (“Europe 2030”), Member States will be obliged to draft National Action Plans for competitive, secure and sustainable energy. In particular, these plans need to simultaneously address issues of achieving domestic objectives regarding renewable energy, energy savings, energy security, research and innovation, greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear energy, shale gas, carbon capture and storage, European Union level climate and energy objectives etc. Furthermore, coordination with neighbouring Member States as well as regional effects will also have to be taken into consideration. Drafting these medium and long-term plans may be a challenging task for the Member States, especially given the uncertainties that the energy sector faces. In this paper, we examine how real options theory can be utilized to formulate these national plans, especially the underlying Member State energy investment strategies, through illustrative examples.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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