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  • Global Insight 23: 4th December 2017

    December 5, 2017

    Global Insight 23: 4th December 2017

    Australia The Big Battery officially switched on On the 1st December South Australia officially turned on the Hornsdale Power Reserve – the Tesla Big Battery.  The battery, the world’s largest at 100MW/129MWh, was the result of tweets between South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.  Musk had promised to install the battery within 100 days or it would be free.  The battery is connected to the grid next to the 315MW Hornsdale wind farm and proved its worth even before the official switch on.  The battery discharged 70MW into the grid in

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  • Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot

    November 30, 2017

    Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot

    Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot Are there any academics out there who would like to write about energy policies in a broad sense, and the politics behind their development?  The Energy Policy Group is the home of the new series of Palgrave Pivots on Progressive Energy Policy. Pivots are 25,000 to 50,000 words in length and can be single or multi-authored. In brief we are seeking pivots that are: important to understanding the role of energy policy within processes of sustainable and equitable energy transitions. pivotal in nature, i.e. pivots should

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  • Submission: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

    November 30, 2017

    Submission: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

    Written submission from the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry on Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill. Submission from Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Price caps are complex, and the issue has become very political in GB. In principle, we do not like the idea of price caps. However, we accept that given the political nature of the discussion that a temporary, absolute price cap should be set by Ofgem for prepayment meter customers and those on the

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  • New Thinking: The Role of the CCC in a reformed GB Institutional Framework

    November 30, 2017

    New Thinking: The Role of the CCC in a reformed GB Institutional Framework

    The Role of the CCC in a reformed GB Institutional Framework Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 30th November 2017 IGov1 developed a fit-for-purpose GB governance framework (here and here), and is shown in Figure 1 below. This framework endeavours to bring together the relationships between all GB energy institutions in a ‘whole system’ sense, and it endeavours to cover all major institutions which will have to exist, and all high-level institutional decisions which will have to be made in transforming from the current GB governance framework to a fit-for-purpose one. IGov2 has taken this framework – the

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  • Join the EPG: PhD on Democratisation, Data and Algorithms

    November 30, 2017

    Join the EPG: PhD on Democratisation, Data and Algorithms

    The EPG is looking for a PhD student to study:  Democratisation, Data and Algorithms – mutually exclusive, or helpful for GHG reduction? GB has an energy policy goal of reducing greenhouse gases from 1990 levels by 80% by 2050.  This will require a complete change in the way GB uses energy, and people will have to become more connected to their energy use for multiple reasons, not least because they will have to be prepared pay for energy system transformation. The energy system is already beginning to change as a result of policies to cut

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