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  • Global Insight 25-4-2017

    April 25, 2017

    Global Insight 25-4-2017

    Global Insight 25th April 2016 Upturn in German Solar and storage sectors The solar sector in Germany is in a buoyant mood once more, as falling technology costs are driving deployment, leading to a growing domestic market for the first time since 2012.   The solar industry now claim that that costs of solar production are now half what residential or even commercial customers pay for their electricity.  This lead to an 80% year on year increase in domestic solar pv installations during the 2nd half of 2016.   The cheaper costs of solar energy production are

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  • Paper: Policies, politics and demand side innovations

    April 25, 2017

    Paper: Policies, politics and demand side innovations

    Policies, politics and demand side innovations: The untold story of Germany’s energy transition By: Caroline Kuzemko, Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood and Richard Hoggett Published in: Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 28, June 2017, Pages 58–67 Abstract This article shines a light on a less examined aspect of sustainable energy transitions: governing for demand side innovations in Germany. Demand innovations are considered to be central to affordable, efficient and politically acceptable energy system transformations, however many argue that not enough is being done in governance terms. In a departure from much analysis on demand policy demand

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  • New Thinking: The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts – a market which rewards DER

    April 20, 2017

    New Thinking: The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts – a market which rewards DER

    The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts: a market which rewards DER On the 28th September 2016 storms in northern South Australia, including tornados with wind speeds in the range of 190-260 km/h caused a state-wide blackout.  The update report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and also a recent review by the Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel have recommended that value services for Frequency Controlled Ancillary Service (FCAS) and System Restart Ancillary Services (SRAS) from distributed energy and other storage technologies should be investigated. In addition, on February 8th 2017, a heatwave with temperatures of

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  • Submission: Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

    April 18, 2017

    Submission: Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

    Submission to the Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Matthew Lockwood Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter, welcome this opportunity to respond to HM Government’s Building our Industrial Strategy. We are an academic research group which works on the links between governance and innovation, in particular with respect to energy although we do have two projects on the food, energy and water nexus. With respect to this industrial strategy, we are most interested in whether it will

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