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  • Submission: National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

    February 13, 2017

    Submission: National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

    National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Matthew Lockwood   Summary This submission argues that GB is trapped in an infrastructure which is not fit for purpose. GB is not going to be able to transform to a fit for purpose infrastructure system unless those who pay for it also support it. The infrastructure changes which occur have to be those which GB people want, and value in their everyday lives. This is a move to an energy efficient Britain – whether this is buildings, the energy system, the transport system

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  • Working Paper: People, Demand and Governance in Future Energy Systems

    February 6, 2017

    Working Paper: People, Demand and Governance in Future Energy Systems

    People, Demand and Governance in Future Energy Systems   Richard Hoggett EPG Working Paper: 1701 Abstract: The energy system within Great Britain has to decarbonise whilst maintaining security and affordability, and this requires coordinated action across the whole energy system. The energy system is already undergoing fundamental change due to a wide range of technological, social and economic drivers, and there is some consensus that direction of travel is towards decentralisation and the demand side. These changes are much closer to people and there is a need to recognise, and value, the central role that they

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  • New Thinking: Why is Australia becoming an interesting case study for energy reform?

    January 24, 2017

    New Thinking: Why is Australia becoming an interesting case study for energy reform?

    Why is Australia becoming an interesting case study for energy reform? Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 24th January 2017 (version updated on 24th Jan) The term ‘utility death spiral’ has seen a re-emergence recently, especially in Australia.  The term was originally coined with the new era of competition as energy markets opened up and the rising costs of some utilities meant that consumers could switch to cheaper alternatives/sources. Then, it was much more a conceptual argument – a threat – to ensure policies which did not lead to a death spiral.  A perfect storm of requirements would

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  • Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence

    January 19, 2017

    Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence

    BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – A call for evidence Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Bridget Woodman, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is very pleased to input to the BEIS / Ofgem Call for Evidence (CfE) on a Smart, Flexible Energy System. The EPG undertakes many research projects related to innovation and governance within energy systems to increase flexibility and smartness1. We have had one particular project called Innovation and Governance for a Secure and Sustainable Economy (IGov, 2012-2016). This has now

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