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Aims and Agenda

Aims of the Roundtable
The decarbonisation of energy systems is now a goal in most countries around the world. At the same time, rapid changes in technology and costs, especially in distributed energy resources, are providing new opportunities for achieving decarbonisation at lower cost through system transformation. But how far that transformation can be realised and managed depends on the response of policy makers and regulators. In many places, policy and regulation are struggling to catch up, and the pace and complexity of change means that new approaches are needed. This workshop will explore the issue of how we can align policy and regulatory change at all levels with the direction set by high-level decarbonisation goals. The workshop will provide an opportunity to compare approaches taken in different places, with a particular focus on GB and New York State.

About IGov2
The IGov2 research programme at the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group focuses on current energy system change and the different dimensions of that change including: business models; technology; markets; networks; ownership; the role of people; political systems; system operation; economics, and social preferences. We seek to better understand the reasons for some of the shifts that are occurring, the political economy context in which they are happening, and how actors across the whole energy system are reacting and adapting to this change. The programme focuses on the UK, but looks at what is happening in terms of energy and governance in other countries. Within this work we are interested in whether tipping points have occurred and how they have manifested themselves, how different places have managed disruption, how ‘new’ actors/entrants emerge and develop, whether innovation is encouraged (or not), and the implications for costs.

9.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome and introductions

10.05 – 10.30 Opening remarks
 Prof. Catherine Mitchell, IGov , University of Exeter
 Matthew Lockwood, IGov , University of Exeter

10.30 – 12.30 Experiences from the US
 Scott Wiener, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC (previously Deputy for Markets and Innovation at the New York State Department of Public Service)

12.30 – 1.15 Lunch

1.15 – 2.45 Views on the British approach
 Ben Eyre-White, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
 Scott Mathieson, Scottish Power Energy Networks
 John Scott, Institute for Engineering and Technology/Chiltern Power
 Katie Roelich, University of Leeds

2.45 – 3.00 Final reflections
 Charlotte Ramsay, National Grid (tbc)

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