Research/Consulting

Research Projects and Consultancies

Complete LaBelle CV

Michael LaBelle panel discussion 5th energy
Michael LaBelle (L) involved in the energy scene of the CEE region for awhile. Photo, moderating the session, ‘Modernization of the energy sector in Central Europe’ at the 5th Energy Forum in Sopot Poland, November 2010

1/2016 – 2018         Researcher, LaBelle, M. ‘‘Energy end-use transition and innovation in Central and Eastern Europe’ Funding part of University wide intellectual theme on Energy and Society, in the project, ‘Political Economy of Energy Transitions’ with other faculty: Professors Aleh Cherp, Michael Dorsch, Karl Hall. February 2016 – January 2018

1/2014 – 6/2014      Consultant, LaBelle, M. and Deak, A. “2014 EU Energy Benchmarking Report: Hungary country study, analysis and recommendations.” Subcontractor to AF Mercados, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission, Brussels, Finished in June 2014, Published 2015. Only non-AF Mercados consultant to participate.
8/2012 – 9/2012     Consultant, LaBelle, M. Citizens’ petitions on shale gas extraction in Bulgaria and Poland, Committee on Petitions, European Parliament, Directorate General FOR Internal Policies Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs Brussels, October 9, 2012
11/2010 – 4/2011    Consultant, Energy Regulators Regional Association 10-Year Anniversary Publication, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA). All CEE/SEE, CIS and selected Middle East countries. Authored booklet examining regulatory knowledge transfer and assessment of association’s activities. Conducted 35 interviews with leading regulatory thinkers, conducted survey.
11/2010 – 4/2011    Researcher, European Southern Corridor Survey, Limax Energy Consulting. Conducted an online survey of energy professionals to assess the perspectives and motivations of various pipeline projects and impact on security of supply.
10/2008 – 10/2011  Researcher, Pathways for Carbon Transitions, European Commission. European Union. Responsible for creating risk governance assessment for implementing low carbon technologies. Conducted 34 interviews and provided input to modelling exercise.
1/2009 – 12/2009     Project sub-coordinator, Study On Methodologies for Gas Transmission Network Tariffs and Gas Balancing Fees in Europe, European Commission Directorate-General Energy and Transport. Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Responsible for coordinating consultants in four countries and with lead consulting company.
5/2008 – 2/2009      Researcher, Electricity Post-Privatization: Initial Lessons Learned in South East Europe, United States Agency for International Development and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania. Arranged 27 in-country interviews to identify problematic issues experienced after privatization. Recommended ways to mitigate problems in future privatizations.
4/2008 – 7/2008      Consultant and project leader, Market Modeling and Market Analysis of Hungary and Romania, private client. Analyzed regulations, legislations and generation markets. Coordinated report development with main contractor and research staff.
10/2007 – 12/2007  Researcher, Southeast European Market Monitoring Project, United States Agency for International Development and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Albania, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. Identified barriers to electricity cross border trade. Conducted interviews and provided recommendations to reduce cross-border electricity trading barriers. Presented results to meeting of national TSOs, regulators and international institutions.
5/2007 – 9/2007      Editor and co-author, Regulating our Energy Supply: A prime objective in serving our people, INOGATE Training Manual, INOGATE Programme, European Commission, Brussels. Created training booklet for high level staff in energy regulatory agencies and ministries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Students rated the course material 94% essential and 100% related to the topic.
10/2006                   Organizer and moderator, Future of Nuclear Power in Central Eastern Europe Conference, Pacs Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary. Determined key discussion topics, identified and invited professional speakers. Moderated sessions.
6/2005 – 9/2006      Researcher, Central Eastern European Energy Market Project, Hungarian energy companies. Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Identified energy market barriers in CEE region through questionnaire and 24 in-country interviews.