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April 18th, 2008

Newsweek: Victor looks at problems with Mexico's national oil company, effect on oil markets

Op-ed: Newsweek on April 17, 2008

What to do about Mexico's oil company, Pemex, may seem like a parochial issue of interest only to Mexicans and a few oil industry executives. But the matter should be of concern to anybody who is wondering when oil will come down off its near-record highs. Read more »



January 11th, 2008

Gazprom case study released

Russia's Gazprom is among the largest companies in the world, and by far the world's largest producer of natural gas, with close to a 20% share. Driven by its political masters, it continues to consolidate control over Russia's vast oil and (especially) gas resources, and many Western observers are worried by its international expansion into downstream assets. In a new study of the energy giant, Nadejda Victor details the ways in which Gazprom's actions are distorted by political demands and by the inefficiency of the Russian economy, suggesting that it is headed for a production crisis if business and investment considerations don't start to take a higher priority. Read more »



December 14th, 2007

PDVSA case study released

Since 2002, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dramatically reshaped the national oil company, PDVSA, to align it with his goals. PESD researcher David Hults probes current-day PDVSA through three lenses: as a large and growing source of government income, as an instrument of state objectives, and on the merits of its business plan.




August 18th, 2006

Researchers publish critique of South Africa's pro-poor energy policy

In collaboration with researchers at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Capetown, PESD researchers David Victor and Becca Elias comment on the economics of South Africa's Free Basic Electricity Tariff. Read more »



July 22nd, 2005

Prominent and most widely read South African financial daily cites PESD study

in the news: Business Report on July 22, 2005

The July 22 edition of Business Report reviewed a new joint study by PESD and the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town that advocates a more financially sound energy strategy for the poor. Read more »



July 11th, 2005

"Energy Policy" to publish PESD critique of South African Free Basic Electricity

The PESD paper explores alternatives to electric cooking in rural South African households, analyzes energy choices, and suggests more market-friendly approaches to poverty reduction. Read more »



August 31st, 2004

Electricity reform in South Africa is at a critical juncture, says Anton Eberhard

Op-ed: Business Day in South Africa on July 29, 2004

Anton Eberhard writes that South Africa will experience routine electricity blackouts in a few years unless new electricity policy and investment decisions are formulated and implemented this year. Read more »




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