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  • News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    June 24, 2015

    News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP Catherine has just become Chair of the US based Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). RAP works primarily in the US, India, China and Europe.  It is a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. Recent publications that RAP have been heavily involved with, whether as writers or advisors, include the mega introduction to the menu of options open to US States in order to

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  • New Thinking: Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?

    June 18, 2015

    New Thinking: Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?

    Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management? Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 18th June, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko IGov has recently published a new working paper on the rules and incentives governing suppliers operating in GB gas and electricity markets. The paper assesses whether, on balance, energy governance successfully enables greater demand management through innovation. This is achieved by analysing a wide variety of energy policies, rules and regulations, how they structure markets and incentivise and/or deter certain industry practices, and the ways in which they enable and/or constrain demand innovations. Aspects of governance analysed include

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  • Paper: Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain

    June 17, 2015

    Paper: Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain

    Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: The politics of institutional change By: Matthew Lockwood Published in:¬†Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Available online 6 June 2015 (open access) Highlights The locus for protective space for innovation in network industries is the regulatory regime. In the case of Britain, the creation of space for RD&D has come through the layering of rules. Such layering can be explained partly through institutional discretion and fixed regulatory rules. RD&D mechanisms faced strong initial opposition from the dominant policy paradigm. The regulator’s framework for network

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  • Working Paper: The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation

    June 1, 2015

    Working Paper: The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation

    The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation Matthew Lockwood EPG Working Paper: 1504 Abstract: Denmark is a global leader in transforming its energy system to a more sustainable model, with high levels of renewable electricity and heat, and high energy efficiency. Its transformation is not slowing; rather the country is now committed to a complete decarbonisation of its energy system by 2050. This paper examines the policy-making process and regulatory framework that has facilitated this system change, focusing in particular on electricity. It gives an overview of the main actors in the sector and

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