Mr Paul Graham: energy economist
Mr Paul Graham is an economist with expertise in energy market analysis, forecasting and economic modelling.
9 June 2009 | Updated 2 April 2013
Mr Paul Graham is Theme Leader, Carbon Futures, for the Energy Transformed National Research Flagship and is looking at the future of our energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.
In this role Mr Graham is responsible for:
developing innovative approaches to modelling energy projection
forming partnerships with external organisations
overall research program design.
Since 2005, Mr Graham has led CSIRO's series of Future Forums, a sector-wide initiative that brings together a diverse group of Australia’s leading energy and transport stakeholders to identify plausible scenarios and their implications for the nation’s energy future.
Mr Graham has also contributed to a variety of important national policy processes including modelling which underpinned the State’s National Emission Trading Task Force, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the Clean Energy Future carbon price policy, the Energy White Paper and Alternative Fuel Strategy Input Group.
Mr Graham has developed a number of economic models designed to examine the likely technological development paths in Australia’s electricity generation and transport industries.
His models are used to determine the economic and physical implications of different energy paths and the expected level of market penetration of new technologies.
In his previous employment at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), he published, and provided advice to government on:
analysing the fundamental drivers of the major national and international energy markets (including electricity, coal, oil, gas and uranium)
energy costs and price formation
market structure and competitiveness
market failure and policy influences
environmental implications of alternative energy paths.
Mr Graham holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
In 2007 Mr Graham was awarded the CSIRO Strategic Partnership Excellence Award for his seminal contribution to the Energy Futures Forum project.
In 2004 Mr Graham won the CEO’s Award for Best Report (Options for electricity generation in Australia: Technology assessment report 31) under Project 4.1 Portfolio Options and Risk Assessment.
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