Research professor Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen


Energy economics

Joint professorship of the Finnish Environment Institute and the University of Oulu

Tel: +358 29 525 1297 

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Dr. Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen is a research professor of energy economics at the Finnish Environment Institute and Oulu Business School

Professor Kopsakangs-Savolainnen has previously worked as a researcher in the Nordic Energy Research Program, as an assistant professor and lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Oulu and as a senior researcher of sustainable energy economics in the Finnish Environment Institute.

She is member of the Board of Finnish Economic Association and a member of the Steering Group of CLEEN Ltd (Cluster for Energy and Environment) research program: Future Energy Systems. She has acted as an invited expert witness in the Finnish market court related to electricity market cases between the Finnish Energy Industry and the Finnish Energy Market Authority. Recently she has been building a sustainable energy economics research group (SEER) with the professor Rauli Svento.

Her research focus is on the analysis of the operation of the electricity market. She has studied the impact of the industry structure to the efficiency and equilibrium outcome of the electricity industry. Also cost efficiency analysis (by using SFA) as well as welfare analysis of different regulation schemes has been in her interests. Recently the main emphasis of her research has concerned sustainable energy economics, such as the effects of real-time pricing on long-run efficient investments, efficient use of renewable energy, promotion of market access for renewable energy and analysis of market mechanisms for distributed energy. She has carried out both theoretical and empirical studies.

Professor Kopsakangas-Savolainen has published several scientific publications, as well as a book with the title "Modern Energy Markets: Real-Time Pricing, Renewable Resources and Efficient Distribution" (Springer).

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