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Dr. Donato Morea
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Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cagliari, Via Marengo, 2, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: renewable energy; investment analysis; project financing; public–private partnership; Islamic finance; agricultural economics; circular economy; corporate social responsibility; productivity analysis; organizational models; digital innovation
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Review Special Issue is to offer the opportunity to communicate, through Review Papers, recent research advances in energy economics and policy as well as its possible future directions. In particular, it focuses on the innovation aspects of economics and policy of energy supply, trading, delivery and consumption, combining expertise in innovation theory, energy system organizations and institutions, as well as the wider policy and regulatory context of energy. This is particularly relevant in light of the scenario that has emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions are encouraged on—but not limited to—the following topics:

  • Energy finance and markets;
  • Energy demand and supply;
  • Sustainable energy transition;
  • Energy and environmental economics/policy;
  • Energy policy;
  • Energy generation, storage, distribution, and use;
  • Relationships between energy and economic development.

Papers selected for this Review Special Issue will be subject to peer review, with the goal of a rapid and wide dissemination of research results.

Prof. Dr. Donato Morea
Collection Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • economic models
  • costs and pricing of renewable resources
  • business models
  • energy demand management
  • energy supply chain management
  • analysis and forecasting of electric power/natural gas/coal/fuels/petroleum products
  • innovation challenges in the energy sector and its industries
  • renewable energy sources
  • lifecycle carbon assessment
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • regulatory changes and innovations
  • energy policymaking
  • emerging policy issues
  • energy law and regulation
  • energy cost
  • energy efficiency
  • new and emerging technologies influencing energy production or consumption
  • energy and national development
  • energy and urban development
  • economic growth and sustainable energy production

Published Papers (1 paper)


An Overview of the Current Energy Situation of Pakistan and the Way Forward towards Green Energy Implementation
Energies 2023, 16(1), 423; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16010423 - 29 Dec 2022
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Pakistan has been facing energy crises for more than a decade as a result of its reliance on imported fossil fuels, circular debt, political instability, and absurd energy policies. However, the country has abundant renewable energy resources which, if harnessed, may help to [...] Read more.
Pakistan has been facing energy crises for more than a decade as a result of its reliance on imported fossil fuels, circular debt, political instability, and absurd energy policies. However, the country has abundant renewable energy resources which, if harnessed, may help to effectively cope with ever-increasing energy demand. This review study investigates the country’s economic and energy situations, energy crises, and energy sector performance. A critical analysis of studies conducted on Pakistan’s energy planning since its independence in 1947 is, and policies announced to date are assessed. This review reveals that the economic situation of the country has remained severely stressed, and energy sector performance has been compromised over the years for various underlying reasons. The energy policy narrative in the early decades of the post-independence period focused on water resource management, whereas energy concerns were only realized in the late 1960s as demand grew. The first-ever energy and power planning study in Pakistan was conducted in 1967, and since then, various studies have been conducted to support the medium-term development plans of the government. These planning studies inspired further development, and in 1994, the first-ever electricity-focused power policy was announced by the government in response to industrial growth and subsequent electricity demand. However, this and subsequent policies were fossil-fuel-centric until 2006, when the government announced the first-ever renewable energy policy. This 2006 policy focused on increasing renewable energy penetration in the overall energy mix by setting specific targets. However, these targets have rarely been accomplished as a result of a lack of an effective planning paradigm, as most of studies have been conducted without sound demand forecasting and without considering renewable energy’s potential to meet growing demand. As such, planning efforts based on proven methodologies/modeling tools and the undertaking of demand forecasts and renewable energy assessments are inevitable for countries such as Pakistan. Therefore, we suggest that sectoral energy demand forecasting, estimation of renewable energy potential with end use, and modeling of optimal penetration of renewable energy using energy modeling tools will be helpful to develop sustainable energy policies in Pakistan to eradicate the energy crisis. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Towards a European supergrid: state-of-the-art and beyond
Authors: C. Johannes Muth1,*and Pami Aalto2
Affiliation: 1 Tampere University; [email protected] 2 Tampere University, [email protected] *Correspondence: [email protected]
Abstract: The large-scale integration of variable output renewably generated electricity into energy systems requires high-capacity electricity transmission. Interconnected national electricity grids eventually amount to a regional or continental super-grid, a development which is so far most notably ini-tiated in the European context. Existing research and reports suggest that technical and infra-structural solutions exist for super-grids, while regulatory and political constraints are set to most significantly impede their evolution. Delving deeper into the political constraints, we use content analysis to systematically review the state-of-art academic literature on cross-border intercon-nectors and supergrids in the European context from the early 2010s until the early 2020s. Our main findings concern the need to probe in more detail into the security aspects of political con-straints, emerging with evaporating international trust, cyber security risks, supply chains stretched and security of supply and preparedness issues emerging pivotally along with self-sufficiency. To properly incorporate this enlarging security agenda, research could build on insights from the literature on smart grids and the geopolitics of renewables, while simultane-ously more forcefully linking up with international relations and interdisciplinary security studies research.

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