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  • New Thinking: Having your cake and eating it

    October 22, 2014

    New Thinking: Having your cake and eating it

    Having your cake and eating it: energy companies want profit without risk Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 22nd October, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Having your cake and eating it – energy companies want profits without risk The fire at Didcot electricity gas plant on Sunday night has, as to be expected, led to numerous articles (e.g. here, here, here and here) which argue, when boiled down, to two simple points: (1) that not enough has been done by Government to stimulate investment in the electricity system and as a result we are now dangerously close to having

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  • Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    October 20, 2014

    Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    University of Exeter Energy Policy Group submission to DECC consultation URN 14S/271: Strategy and Policy Statement: a consultation on the draft statement Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS). This comment is set out in the following way: an introduction to our view; responses to your three questions; and a conclusory section of our view what a SPS should include. Introduction A key criticism of the Draft SPS is that it does not clarify how the Government wishes to prioritise its goals, or how the trade-offs between them

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  • Working Paper: Energy networks and distributed energy resources in Great Britain

    October 15, 2014

    Working Paper: Energy networks and distributed energy resources in Great Britain

    Energy networks and distributed energy resources in Great Britain By: Matthew Lockwood – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1406 Abstract: This paper examines the rules and incentives governing electricity, gas and heat networks in Great Britain from the perspective of how far these facilitate or prevent a shift towards an energy system with more ‘distributed energy resources’, including flexible demand, local electricity generation and heat production, and energy storage. Much of the analysis focuses on electricity distribution network, where the greatest need for innovation is expected to lie. Most of the relevant rules

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  • New Thinking: Network governance and distributed energy resources

    October 15, 2014

    New Thinking: Network governance and distributed energy resources

    Network governance and distributed energy resources Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 15 October 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics A new IGov working paper on energy networks give a comprehensive account of the rules and incentives for network operators and network users (generators, shippers, suppliers and consumers), and how these facilitate, slow or block a shift to a more demand side focused energy system in Britain, along with a greater use of distributed energy resources. Most of these rules and incentives are created by economic regulation of networks or come under industry codes and standards, and the paper also

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