Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen

Research Professor, PhD (Economics)


Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production
Climate and Air Pollution group
Tel. +358 295 251 297
Paavo Havaksen tie 3
90570 Oulu

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Research interests and duties

I work as a joint research professor of energy economics at the SYKE and the University of Oulu Business School. My main responsibilities include leading research projects related to the sustainable energy economy, developing the research field, supervising dissertations, and teaching-related tasks.

As an economist, I am particularly interested in the challenges of climate change mitigation from the perspective of society. It would be important to find solutions that are sustainable on both an environmental and an economy perspective. I believe that solutions to mitigating climate change can also support economic growth and employment. However, this requires an understanding of the interdependencies between entities and different sectors of society. When the interdependencies are deeply understood, it is also possible to direct political guidance to the right targets.

In my research I have recently focused in energy transition related problems and opportunities. The key drivers of the ongoing restructuring of the energy market, the increasing use of renewable resources and the intelligence of electricity grids ,will enable a new approach for the whole society to increase sustainability and welfare.

Ongoing projects

Cloud computing as an enabler of large-scale variable distributed energy solutions - BC-DC Energy 

Highly Optimized Energy System - HOPE 

Assessing and valuing ecosystem services for managing hydropower constructed rivers systems - (ECORIVER)

Recent publications

Huuki, H., Karhinen, S., Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Svento, R. (2020). Flexible demand and supply as enablers of variable energy integration, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 258, 120574

Huuki, H., Karhinen, S., Böök, H., Lindfors, A., Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Svento R. (2020) Utilizing the flexibility of distributed thermal storage in solar power forecast error cost minimization, Journal of Energy Storage, Vol. 28, 101202.

Ruokamo, E., Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Meriläinen, T., Svento, R. (2019) Towards Flexible Energy Demand – Preferences for Dynamic Contracts, Services and Emissions Reductions. Energy Economics, Vol. 84, 104522.

Li, H-Z, Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Yan, M-Z (2019). Which Provincial Administrative Regions in China Should Reduce their Coal Consumption? An Environmentl Energy Input Requirement Function Based Analyses, Energy Policy, Vol 127, 51-63.

Huuki, H., Hilden, M., Kivisaari, V., Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M. (2018). The importance of transnational impacts of climate change in a power market, Energy Policy, 105, 418-425.

Li, H-Z., Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Xiao, X-Z., Lau, S-Y., (2017) Have Regulatory Reforms Improved the Efficiency Levels of the Japanese Electricity Distribution Sector? A Cost Metafrontier-based Analysis, Energy Policy, 108, 606-61

Pouttu, A., Haapola, J., Ahokangas, P., Xu, Y., Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Porras, E., Matamoros, J., Kalalas, C., Alonso-Zarate, J., Gallego, F.D., Martín, J.M., Deconinck, G., Almasalma, H., Clayes, S., Wu, J., Cheng, M., Li, F., Zhang, Z., Rivas, D., Casado, S. (2017) P2P Model for Distributed Energy Trading, Grid Control and ICT for Local Smart Grids, EuCNC2017 – APS

Kopsakangas-Savolainen, M., Mattinen, M., Manninen K. and Nissinen, A. (2017) Hourly-based greenhouse gas emissions of electricity - cases demonstrating possibilities for households and companies to decrease their emissions, Journal of Cleaner Production, 153: 384-396.

Published 2021-04-15 at 10:56, updated 2021-04-30 at 10:47

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