Publications

2021
Thomas G. A. S. Spence and Ali Ahmad. 8/18/2021. “Risks to Persian Gulf Cities from Spent Fuel Fires at the Barakah and Bushehr Nuclear Power Plants.” Science & Global Security, 29, 2. Publisher's Version
Ali Ahmad. 7/5/2021. “Increase in frequency of nuclear power outages due to changing climate.” Nature Energy. Publisher's Version
Aditi Verma, Ali Ahmad, and Francesca Giovannini. 3/11/2021. “Nuclear energy, ten years after Fukushima .” Nature, 591, Pp. 199-201. Publisher's Version
Ali Ahmad and Monali Ranade. 2021. Climate Responsive Economic Recovery : Post-pandemic Opportunities in Mashreq. Washington D.C. World Bank. Publisher's Version
Alaa Krayem, Ali Ahmad, and Sara Najem. 2021. “A game-theoretic approach to assess peer-to-peer rooftop solar PV electricity trading under constrained power supply.” Energy Systems. Publisher's Version
Hossein Eslami, Sara Najem, Dana Abi Ghanem, and Ali Ahmad. 2021. “The potential of urban distributed solar energy in transition economies: The case of Beirut city.” Journal of Environmental Management, 285. Publisher's Version
2020
Ali Ahmad, Neil McCulloch, Muzna Al-Masri, and Marc Ayoub. 12/2020. “From dysfunctional to functional corruption: The politics of reform in Lebanon’s electricity sector”. Publisher's Version
Ali Ahmad. 2020. “Distributed energy cost recovery for a fragile utility: The case of Électricité du Liban.” Utilities Policy, Pp. 101138. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Previous research on distributed solar PV (DPV) systems in Lebanon has focused on studying these systems from the perspective of developers. This study examines the impact of DPV expansion from the perspective of a fragile and inefficient power utility, Électricité du Liban. Specifically, this paper studies the economics and policy options of on-grid systems via a net-metering scheme. The analysis yields two primary recommendations: In the absence of tariff reform for cost recovery, DPV policies should promote self-consumption; and after cost recovery is achieved, DPV tariff should ensure an adequate price differential that balances the interests of EDL and prosumers.