Dr Suwin Sandu
Lecturer, School of Systems, Management and Leadership
Core Member, Centre for Energy Policy
BE (CMU), MEStud (UTS), PhD (UTS)
Member, International Association of Energy Economics
Suwin Sandu joined UTS in 2010 as a lecturer in the School of Systems, Management and Leadership in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. Prior to joining UTS, he worked at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) for four years, where he was responsible for undertaking economic research and policy analysis of issues relating to energy in both Australian and international markets. Key research projects that he had undertaken include: long-term projections of Australia's energy demand-supply and associated greenhouse gas emissions; analysis of the impact of energy policies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia; analysis of economy-wide energy efficiency improvements; assessment of the international oil and gas markets and their implications for Australia; and economic assessment of Australian energy resources.
He received a PhD and Master degree in energy planning and policy from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), and an Engineering degree from Chiang Mai University (Thailand). His PhD thesis title was: Assessment of carbon tax as a policy option for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions in Australia.
International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
- Energy modelling and policy analysis,
- climate change policy research,
- electricity industry reform - productivity issue,
- energy resources assessment - economic aspect,
- energy market analysis
Selected Peer-Assessed Projects
Thailand is one of the most dynamic countries in South-east Asia. Energy has traditionally played a vital role in its economic growth. Currently, over 50% of the energy consumption in Thailand is imported. The energy demands are expected to increase by approximately 4.5% per year over the next decade. The future economic prosperity is, therefore, dependent on the provision of adequate energy. In order to ensure such provision, effective national energy policies would be needed. This is likely to be a challenging task. This paper examines if the current energy policies are adequate to meet this challenge. The examination reveals that the current policies are not adequate. This paper further recommends the need to develop a comprehensive framework that could be used to analyse the economy-wide impacts which could provide guidance for the development of appropriate energy policies.
Vaiyavuth, R., Sharma, D., Sandu, S. 2008, 'The Relationship between Electricity and Gas Industries in Australia', International Energy Journal, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-8.
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Electricity and gas industries are major industries in the Australian economy. Significant reforms were initiated in these industries in the early 1990s, with a core objective of improving their efficiencies through recourse to market competition. Further, these reforms were being undertaken separately for each industry, in total disregard of the relationship that may exist between these two industries. Several studies have alluded to the need for examining the nature of this relationship as it may provide useful insights for developing more meaningful reform program for each of these industries. This paper is an attempt in that direction. This relationship is examined both through qualitative (historical) and quantitative analyses. The qualitative analysis is supported by cross price elasticities of demand between electricity and gas, at the national and state levels. These elasticities are estimated using simultaneous demand functions for electricity and gas. While this paper focuses on Australia, its findings should be relevant for other countries that are in the process of reforming their electricity and gas industries.