Our Energy Centre members have produced a number of research publications, which include articles, reports, presentations and working papers.

Working papers

Real-Time Pricing and Imperfect Competition in Electricity Markets (2017)

This paper examines the welfare implications  of shifting customers onto real-time price contracts in a setting where firms can exercise market power.

Real-Time Pricing and Imperfect Competition in Electricity Markets

The Spatial Analysis of Wind Generation on Nodal Prices in New Zealand (2016)

This paper uses panel data models to estimate the impact of wind generation on nodal price.

Solar PV in a hydro based grid - A New Zealand case study (2016)

This paper examines the potential contribution that solar can make to New Zealand’s electricity mix, by looking at indicative statistics and running simulations.  

Solar PV in a hydro based grid -A New Zealand case study
Mina Bahrami Gholami, Stephen Poletti, Geoffrey Pritchard, Golbon Zakeri (907.0 kB, PDF)

Solar potential on Auckland rooftops based on LiDAR data (2016)

This document gives some background to the use of LiDAR data used for solar potential assessment and the details of the methodology used to treat the data.

Solar potential on Auckland rooftops based on LiDAR data
Kiti Suomalainen, Vincent Wang, Basil Sharp (2.1 MB, PDF)

Aggregate Road Passenger Travel Demand in New Zealand (2016)

This paper estimates road passenger demand.

Aggregate road passenger travel demand in New Zealand
Mingyue Selena Sheng, Basil Sharp (1.7 MB, PDF)

Noninvasive Test Scheduling in Live Electricity Markets at Transpower New Zealand (2016)

This paper describes a novel scheme devised and implemented by Transpower, to allow for scheduling the large number of tests necessary to complete the installation of the new HVDC pole, in a live electricity market environment.  

Noninvasive test scheduling in live electricity markets at Transpower New Zealand
Steve Batstone, Geoff Pritchard, Golbon Zakeri (1.6 MB, PDF)

Journal articles

Peer-reviewed publications from the Energy Centre:


Downward, A., D. Young, G. Zakeri. Electricity contracting and policy choices under risk-aversion, European Journal of Operational Research, 2016, 251, 3, pp 846-859.

Flores-Quiroz, A., R. Palma-Behnke, G. Zakeri, R. Moreno. A column generation approach for solving generation expansion planning problems with high renewable energy penetration. Electric Power Systems Research, 2016, 136, pp 232-241.

Suomalainen, K. and B. Sharp. Electricity Sector Transformation and Renewable Energy Development in New Zealand, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 2016.


Burnell, J., B. van Campen, N. Kortright, J. Lawless, J. McLeod, K. Luketina, B. Robson. Sustainability of TVZ Geothermal Systems: The Regulatory Perspective, Geothermics-TVZ Special Issue, August 2015.

Cleland, N., B. Young, G. Zakeri. Boomer-Consumer: a model for load consumption and reserve offers in reserve constrained electricity markets, Computational Management Science, 12 (4), 519-537, 2015.

Puschel-Lovengreen, S., R. Palma-Behnke, B. van Campen. Systematic Tool to Plan and Evaluate Demand Side Strategies during Sustained Energy crises in Hydrothermal Power Systems, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, October 2015.