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  • Article: Getting our act together

    April 24, 2015

    Article: Getting our act together

    Getting our act together By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: The House, 17th April 2015 The energy policy decisions facing the next Government require a dual determination to do the right thing for British society interests (as opposed to the interests of a few big companies, and their supply chains) and the strength of purpose to make fundamental changes to the institutional framework of the GB energy system, which is currently not fit for purpose. The Tory / Lib Dem coalition has overseen a new Energy Act which has made matters worse: it is leading to a

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  • New Thinking: Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

    April 22, 2015

    New Thinking: Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

    Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 22nd April 2015 A recent series by Thomas Elmar Schuppe (see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) about the energiewende in Germany illuminates the complexity of energy transformation. As he shows, it is not just that decision-makers have had to be constantly vigilant about the unforeseen impacts of the policy – and then they must be prepared to make changes to counter those unforeseen effects. BUT also the German energy industry is continuously forced to react and adapt their

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  • New Thinking: Two internal logics- the Labour Party and the CMA

    April 14, 2015

    New Thinking: Two internal logics- the Labour Party and the CMA

    Two internal logics: the Labour Party and the CMA – one more useful than the other Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th April 2015 The Labour Party published its manifesto on Monday 13th April. Many of the promises to do with energy have been well trailed before: for example, ‘ambitious domestic carbon reduction targets, including a legal target to remove the carbon from our electricity supply by 2030, and a major drive for energy efficiency’; ‘an Energy Security Board to plan and deliver the energy mix we need, including renewables, nuclear, green gas, carbon capture and

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  • Working Paper: Public Value Energy Governance

    March 20, 2015

    Working Paper: Public Value Energy Governance

    Public Value Energy Governance: establishing an institutional framework which better fits a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system  By: Catherine Mitchell, Bridget Woodman, Caroline Kuzemko and Richard Hoggett, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1502 Abstract: This short Discussion Paper is intended to stimulate discussion about how governance of the energy system in Britain can better keep up with technological, economic and social change. We have set out a possible model for future governance and regulation – which moves from the ‘independent, CEO led’ model currently in Britain to one which is more ‘directed’ and which we

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