We have extensive experience working on public policy, in areas where - for whatever reason - market forces will not achieve the best outcomes by themselves. Public policy economics is at the heart of what we do and our consulting teams advise policymakers, market influencers and those who may be affected by changes to policy. We draw on more than 20 years' public policy experience, frequently advising about critical issues that may impact the lives of millions of people or the operations of entire business sectors across the world.
Our ability to support key strategic planning and decision-making is core to many of the projects we deliver and we tailor our approach in order to provide the best advice for each client's particular needs. In all our strategy work we synthesise information from different sources to produce insightful and actionable advice. Our consultant's understanding of economics, experience applying relevant analytical techniques and expertise across our core sectors, allow them to provide valuable recommendations to clients from an external, independent and impartial perspective.
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Public policy & strategy News & insights
Using reverse auctions for allocating public subsidies to promote mobile broadband coverage
Following the completion of its usual peer review process, The World Bank has published CEPA's report about the use of reverse auctions in the telecommunications sector.
Ireland’s energy security package to 2030
Managing energy security of supply while transitioning to a low carbon, renewables-led energy system is one of the critical challenges facing Irish policy makers.
Darryl Biggar presents at the ACCC/AER Annual Regulatory Conference
Darryl Biggar, a Senior Advisor at CEPA Australia, presents a session about market failure and reform of the childcare sector.
Sub-Saharan Africa, Agenda 2063, digital connectivity and gender: bridging digital gaps
We explore where Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) stands today in regard of digital connectivity and highlight digital gaps, in particular the gender digital divide.
Reputation acknowledged by ranking recognition
CEPA thanks those clients, industry leaders, associates and future economists for the feedback they provided to Consultancy.uk, resulting in the firm’s high-level, 2023 ranking as one of the “Top Economics consulting firms in the UK”.
Dr Darryl Biggar appointed to bolster CEPA Australia’s practice
CEPA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Darryl Biggar as a senior advisor in its Australian practice.
Supporting the UK Government’s approach to community benefits for electricity transmission network infrastructure
Onshore electricity networks will play a critical role in achieving net zero and that requires transformation at unprecedented scale and pace.
LSE students present findings about biodiversity policy
We are pleased to have supported another cohort of students undertaking the Capstone Course at the London School of Economics (LSE).
CEPA has again been recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
We are grateful for the continued positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA retaining its position in the Financial Times' ratings.
Vacancy for an economic consultant: water and transport
CEPA is looking for an outstanding person to join our London office as a Consultant or Senior Consultant to support our work in water and transport.
Our report about using reverse auctions for allocating public subsidies to promote mobile broadband coverage is presented to government
Dr Chris Doyle, CEPA's Head of Telecoms, has presented the findings of our latest communications sector report, commissioned by The World Bank, to Tanzanian government officials.
Major review launched on energy security of supply in Ireland
We are supporting a major public consultation about the security of energy supply of Ireland’s electricity and natural gas systems, being undertaken by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.
CEPA recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
Following another year of providing high-quality advice to our clients across our core sectors, we are grateful for the positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA’s inclusion in the Financial Times’ independent ratings report.
Initial insights published on price signals for demand-side flexibility in the GB energy market
CEPA and Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) have been appointed by BEIS to carry out a study on energy price signals, exploring what an alternative system of network and policy price signals might look like. CEPA and ESC held a webinar when the initial findings were presented.
Getting to net zero requires more policy experiments
A short note that proposes a greater role for deliberate policy experiments to help policy-makers and regulators identify the solutions that will best support decarbonisation at the lowest cost.
Locational energy pricing in the GB power market
Working with energy networks specialists TNEI, we have produced new research for Energy Systems Catapult on the role of locational energy prices in facilitating the decarbonisation of Britain’s energy system.
Ofgem’s interconnector policy review
We set out some important considerations to support Ofgem’s Interconnector Policy Review.
The new Build Back Better (B3W) initiative
In light of the recent announcements from the G7 regarding the B3W initiative, we have prepared a briefing note that focuses on how G7 countries can mobilise private finance for infrastructure in lower and middle income countries.
Independent review of water affordability
CCW, a body that represents water consumers in England and Wales, has published its review of the affordability support for financially vulnerable water customers.
A new approach to the financing of public infrastructure
A major impact of COVID-19 has been a significant increase in the amount of borrowing by the UK government. This will likely have reduced the fiscal headroom available to the government to deliver its desire to ‘level up’ through an expansive infrastructure programme.
Decarbonisation & sector integration
Consumers, policy makers and private businesses are focusing on decarbonising economic activity to limit the impact of climate change and to secure an environmentally sustainable future.
How to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles
We explore some of the questions on incentivising electric vehicle uptake and how to further consumer interest in zero carbon vehicles – a key question in recent policy discussions in the UK.
CEPA supports Australian distributed energy resource (DER) access & pricing conversations
The Australian Energy Market Commission engaged CEPA to identify options that could improve the integration of DER into the electricity system.
CEPA helps to define water poverty, understand future pressures & appraise UK water companies’ efforts
CEPA supports UK Water Industry Research with their work designed to help decision makers and water companies in making water and sewerage bills affordable and their ambition to achieve 'zero customers in water poverty by 2030'.
CEPA’s expansion continues across its offices
Increasing demand for CEPA's support and advice drives a growth in consulting team numbers.
Understanding the distributional impacts of time-of-use tariffs on consumers’ bills
The roll-out of smart meters capable of measuring half-hourly consumption presents a number of opportunities. If introduced alongside time-of-use tariffs ...
Highways benchmarking: pavement condition
CEPA, alongside TRL, have twice been commissioned by the Office of Rail and Road to assess how pavement condition is measured.
Emission controls on trucks in Britain
Ivan Viehoff's briefing note about emission controls, including decarbonisation, of freight transport in Britain over the next 30 years.
How to regulate fibre service providers
The New Zealand Commerce Commission published its emerging views on regulating the fibre service providers.
A guidance tool for National Infrastructure Banks and related facilities
We developed a reference tool which examined areas where National Infrastructure Banks could play a catalytic role.
Mobilising finance for infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia
Our research for DFID highlighted the need for public institutions to create bankable infrastructure projects to unlock funds available from the private sector.
Financing UK infrastructure
Our review of private financing for infrastructure contributed to the national infrastructure debate on what role the public and private sectors should have in developing...
Strategic support to the Private Infrastructure Development Group
We advised the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to focus on addressing project development constraints and facilitate local currency finance under its new Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Setting Highways England’s Performance Specification
CEPA has been advising the Department for Transport about how to set the performance regime which is used to monitor and assess the performance of Highways England.
Global Infrastructure Hub Consultation
A draft guidance note developed by the Global Infrastructure Hub in collaboration with CEPA, has been published for consultation.
CEPA feature as a guest speaker at annual energy conference
Ben Shafran, a consultant who specialises in energy policy and regulation, will feature as a guest speaker at the 2019 UKERC Annual Conference.
Efficiency incentives to apply to the economic regulation of Heathrow
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a report by CEPA alongside its policy update and consultation on the economic regulation of capacity expansion at Heathrow Airport (CAP 1782).
The Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland publishes domestic consumer insight tracker findings
The Utility Regulator (UR) in Northern Ireland has published the results of its first Consumer Insight Tracker Survey.
Some lessons from technology-neutral auctions for low-carbon electricity generation
In this briefing note, we explore how successful technology-neutral auctions for electricity generation have been in the past and discuss some key lessons.
Capacity Auction Monitoring in Ireland & Northern Ireland
Since 2017, we have been the Capacity Auction Monitor (“Monitor”) for the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism (CRM) for the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM).
Cost-benefit analysis of new interconnectors in Ireland
Our cost-benefit analysis for the electricity interconnectors demonstrated that increasing the interconnection of Ireland to other markets is expensive but the benefits are likely to outweigh the costs.
Estimating the value of lost load for electricity in Europe
We were asked by the Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators (ACER) to conduct a study on the estimation of the value of lost load (VoLL) for electricity supply in Europe.
Reducing the environmental impact of freight in the UK
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published their final report "Better Delivery: the challenge for freight" on 17 April 2019.
Publication of an issues paper on public transport fares in Sydney
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has published an issues paper as part of a major review of public transport fares in Sydney and surrounding areas.
Senior hire to meet demand from energy companies and regulators worldwide
CEPA today welcomes Gary Keane as a director to the consulting firm’s London headquarters.
The capacity market five-year review - some key questions
Some of the key questions that stakeholders should be asking as part of the UK Government's much-anticipated review of the electricity capacity market are set out in a briefing note.
Airport capacity strategy
CEPA’s contribution to this study on delivering the future airport capacity requirements in Ireland for the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport set out the decisions Ireland has to make - and the timing - to come to a good decision on the future capacity requirements of Dublin Airport.
Cybersecurity in the energy sector: what does it mean for network regulation?
Read our briefing note to learn more about what the key issues might be in the next RIIO price controls.
Insights report for the ongoing evaluation of AusNet Services trial of the New Reg process
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has today published a second insights report that CEPA has prepared for the ongoing evaluation of AusNet Services trial of the New Reg process.
RIIO-1 price control framework and performance review
Ahead of the RIIO-2 price controls, Ofgem wanted to gather insights on the outcomes of the RIIO-1 regulatory framework. At the end of 2017, the regulator commissioned CEPA to review the RIIO price control framework applied to the first set of RIIO price controls.
What should regulators make of big data?
In almost every market one can think of, people are talking about the application of big data analytics and machine learning. Energy and other utilities are no different.
Going electric: How to incentivise the efficient deployment of electric vehicles
In our briefing, we examine how the regulatory framework implied by Ofgem’s strategy would affect one of the main drivers of the change: electric vehicles (EVs).
Positive winds for offshore - But don’t get blown over just yet
Following the announcement of the results for Round 2 of the CfD auction, we explore in this briefing what they mean for the offshore wind energy sector and the deployment of renewable electricity generation.
Approach to customer segmentation in the water sector
CEPA was engaged by Ofwat to build an evidence base on approaches to customer segmentation and possible data sources to inform approaches to residential customer segmentation.
Value-chain analysis to support investment in agribusiness
CEPA worked with the IFC and the Global Food and Agriculture Security Programme (GAFSP) to complete comprehensive agricultural value-chain assessments in Cote d’Ivoire,...
Evaluating the social and economic impact of investments in wastewater
CEPA conducted a literature review of methodological approaches to evaluate economic and social impact of investments in the wastewater sector.
Review of readiness for retail market opening
CEPA was appointed by Ofwat to carry out a targeted review of market participants’ readiness for opening of the retail market in April 2017 for...
Enabling flexibility in the GB electricity market
The advice provided to a GB electricity distribution company in relation to smart networks and flexible energy systems helped our client advance their position with the regulator and government.
Alternative approaches for setting the cost of debt
CEPA were commissioned by two UK economic regulators to look at alternative approaches that could be used in regulatory determinations for the cost of debt allowance.
Estimating a shadow value of water
CEPA were appointed by the EBRD to support them in developing estimates of an economic value of water, reflecting the full social costs of water...
Financial and economic analysis of Morocco’s water leakage reduction objective
CEPA was hired by the World Bank to review Morocco's submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Merger support in the water sector
CEPA supported Ofwat in the CMA inquiry into the merger of South West Water and Bournemouth Water.