Dr Hugh Outhred

Hugh has 40 years’ experience in
energy industry research, consulting & teaching

Dr. Hugh Outhred

In a 40-year career, Hugh Outhred (PhD) has contributed to research on electric power system analysis and control, the theory of electricity industry restructuring and electricity market design, renewable energy technology, renewable energy integration, energy sector policy and sustainability policy. He has taught more than 120 short courses on electricity industry restructuring and sustainability in many countries since 1989.


His research in competitive electricity industry design includes landmark papers published in 1980 with co-authors at MIT: Homeostatic Utility Control and Quality of Supply Pricing for Electric Power Systems and later papers such as A Theory of Electricity Industry Design for Operation and Investment, Incorporating Network Effects In A Competitive Electricity Industry: An Australian Perspective, and Integrating Non-Storable Renewable Energy into the Australian Electricity Industry (these and his other research papers can be provided on request).


In 1993 and 1994 Hugh co-authored a report on electricity industry restructuring for the California Energy Commission that highlighted the complexity of electricity restructuring in that context.


In 1995 and 1996 he led a project for the Australian National Grid Management Council to undertake electricity-trading experiments according to the proposed National Electricity Market trading rules prior to their formal implementation.


Hugh has been a member of two Australian electricity industry regulatory bodies, the NSW License Compliance Advisory Board and the National Electricity Tribunal throughout their existence from 1997 to 2000 and 1998 to 2006 respectively.


From 2004 to 2007, he was the founding Presiding Director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at the University of New South Wales.


From 2009 to 2011, he was a Lead Author for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, published in 2011.


Hugh has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, USA and has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA, the University of Liverpool in Britain and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain.


He has been a Board member of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy and an Associate Director of the Centre for Photovoltaic Devices and Systems at the University of New South Wales.


Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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