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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    March 16, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    Reset the reset (3) – Walking the Walk: we need to agree a DER assessment process and a methodology to value DER which fits with a smart and flexible energy system Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 16th March 2017 IGov is arguing that the Government/BEIS should initiate a process to develop a fit-for-purpose GB energy governance framework – analogous to (but not necessarily the same as) the IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework. Other jurisdictions around the world are already well into the process of creating a smart and flexible energy system, inter alia here. The

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent

    March 15, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent

    Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent: BEIS and the Regulator have to sort out their relationship and roles Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 15th March 2017 GB has a stated intent of moving to an energy system capable of delivering a cost-effective decarbonised energy system by 2050 – thereby meeting the Committee on Climate Change’s 2050 carbon budgets. Sadly, the content of our energy policy (EP) does not deliver its good intention. As a recent IGov blog stated, GB may be talking the talk, but we are not walking the walk. Even worse,

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now

    March 14, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now

    Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th March 2017 GB energy policy is dissolving into a muddled, mire of siloed, non-joined-up policy statements and calls for evidence. GB has to decide on the necessary institutional arrangements to deliver its GHG reduction targets, cost-effective, smart, flexible, secure energy system before it makes even more costly and time-consuming mistakes. We do not want to halt (or hinder) progress towards a sustainable energy system by undertaking a big review of GB energy policy, but we

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  • New Thinking: The Embedded Generator Saga and Codes Governance

    March 13, 2017

    New Thinking: The Embedded Generator Saga and Codes Governance

    Transformation is about walking the walk, not just talking the talk – the embedded generator saga and codes governance Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 13th March 2017 A major row has blown up over the apparently obscure issue of ‘embedded benefits’. These are payments that are made to electricity generators attached to the distribution network, as opposed to the higher voltage transmission network, so called because these generators are ‘embedded’ further down the system closer to sources of electricity demand. They are also sometimes called distributed generators. Technically, embedded benefits are based on the contribution made

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