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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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  • New Thinking: Cheap ubiquitous battery storage

    December 9, 2016

    New Thinking: Cheap ubiquitous battery storage

    Cheap ubiquitous battery storage – a thought experiment Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 9th December 2016  A few days ago I heard a presentation by Paul Massara of North Star Solar, a new solar PV + battery home energy system start-up. One of his points was that scale manufacture of lithium ion batteries means that electrical storage is getting cheaper and cheaper, and PV + battery packages are now cost effective in the UK with the right financing package. Certainly such systems seem to be taking off in places like Australia, and are now required in

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  • Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    November 28, 2016

    Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability: An institutional framework By: Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood, Richard Hoggett and Caroline Kuzemko Published in: online 28th Nov, produced for IGov conference: Energy Governance: New ideas, new institutions, new people – 6th December, London. Overview: Introduction: the challenge of transformation of the energy system Governing for Innovation The existing institutional landscape (and why it needs to change)? Principles for institutional reform An option for institutional change Final Comments   Download the paper here: Governing for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

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  • IGov2: Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems

    November 11, 2016

    IGov2: Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems

    IGov2 (Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems) IGov2 commenced on 1 October 2016, and will run for 3 years. It is an extension of the EPSRC funded IGov project. The IGov2 team (shown in the picture) partly reflects continuity – Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood and Richard Hoggett – but also reflects the slightly altered focus towards future energy systems. Newcomers to the team are Jess Britton, Antony Froggatt (part time) and Helen Poulter (who is doing a PhD on the South Australia’s energy situation). IGov2 argues that the GB energy system effectively runs along

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