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  • New Thinking: The empire strikes back – first capacity auction outcomes

    January 26, 2015

    New Thinking: The empire strikes back – first capacity auction outcomes

    The empire strikes back – first capacity auction outcomes Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 26 Jan 2015 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics As regular readers of the IGov blog will know, one of our favourite topics is the capacity market – see here, here and here – probably because it is such a clear demonstration of how governance of the UK energy system can act to impede change in the direction of a more sustainable system. Now the results of the first capacity market are in, the dust is settling, and it is beginning to become clear what has

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  • New Thinking: Rethinking the role of energy – the Labour 14th January debate

    January 13, 2015

    New Thinking: Rethinking the role of energy – the Labour 14th January debate

    Rethinking the role of energy – the Labour 14th January debate Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 13th January 2015 Ed Miliband announced last Sunday that the Labour Party is going to force a vote in Parliament on Wednesday (14th January) to fast track legislation which gives Ofgem, the Regulator, the power to force energy suppliers to cut their prices when wholesale costs fall, if firms don’t do it first. This gauntlet was thrown down after George Osborne placed energy at the centre of an early election campaign, calling for another investigation into prices and for suppliers

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  • New Thinking: Overcoming inertia is the key to unlocking a sustainable energy future

    January 12, 2015

    New Thinking: Overcoming inertia is the key to unlocking a sustainable energy future

    Forget the ‘trilemma’ – tackling the fourth challenge of inertia is the key to unlocking a sustainable energy future Since the 2007 Energy White Paper, energy policy in the UK has sought to address three main challenges: it must be clean, it must be secure, and it must be affordable. The energy trilemma, as it has come to be known encapsulates the problem inherent in having three, sometimes conflicting, priorities. For some (notably politicians who are keen to satisfy everyone), the trilemma is ultimately solvable. It is a challenge that can be addressed, with trade-offs

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  • New Thinking: Sugar Plum Fairies

    December 19, 2014

    New Thinking: Sugar Plum Fairies

    Sugar Plum Fairies Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 19th December, 2014 The provisional results of the capacity market auction have been announced. Overall, around 50 GW of capacity received a capacity payment, about 76% of the MWs entered – which must raise questions whether there was a need for it in the first place. Of that 50 GW about 34 GW (i.e. 68.4%) is existing plant and only around 5% of that 50 GW is new build. Of the 50 GW, 19% is existing coal, whilst Proven and Unproven DSR is only around 175 MW (i.e

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