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  • Presentation: Innovation and Energy Governance

    February 5, 2016

    Presentation: Innovation and Energy Governance

    Innovation and Energy Governance – lessons to be learned from New York State? From: Catherine Mitchell To:  SPRU Friday Seminar, University of Sussex, 5th February 2016 Outline Introduction to IGov What is the energy governance problem? New York REV as an interesting example Lessons to be learned for NY REV for GB   Download presentation: SPRU slides 5-02-16  

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  • Paper: Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables

    February 2, 2016

    Paper: Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables

    Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: Nature Energy 1, Article number: 15030 (2016), doi:10.1038/nenergy.2015.30 Available online: 1st February 2016 Abstract Total global energy use is rising, and remains based on fossil fuels. Yet, the challenge of climate change requires a deep decarbonization of our energy system. Here I argue that the global energy policy discourse is moving rapidly towards one of renewable, energy-efficient and flexible electricity systems. This is primarily because of a rapid take-up within a few countries of variable renewable electricity sources over the past

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  • Landmark US Supreme Court Decision in Favour of Demand Response

    January 26, 2016

    Landmark US Supreme Court Decision in Favour of Demand Response

    Landmark US Supreme Court Decision in Favour of Demand Response Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 26th January 2016    The US Supreme Court has just found that demand response (DR) is sold into wholesale markets, and therefore falls within the authority of the US Federal Electricity Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has authority over regional wholesale markets. In effect, this means that the multitude of demand response products and markets which have developed over the last 15 years or so, in various US States, are legal. The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) claimed that FERC did not

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  • New Thinking: Spreading the opportunities of sustainable energy in Germany

    January 22, 2016

    New Thinking: Spreading the opportunities of sustainable energy in Germany

    Spreading the opportunities of sustainable energy in Germany Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 22nd January 2016  A recent presentation by the BDI (the Voice of German Industry) put forward a simple, but powerful, message in support of the German Energiewende. It argues that German industry has managed to improve its energy intensity (total primary energy supply divided by units of GDP, slide 2); described the energiewende targets from 2010-2050 (slide 3); set out what it thinks the global market potential is for products necessary to meet the energiewende’s targets, and what percentage of that global market

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