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  • Global Insights 19th June 2018

    June 19, 2018

    Global Insights 19th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMO and ENA release transformation frameworks paper for consultation AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and the ENA (Energy Networks Australia) have released a consultation paper on ‘how best to transition to a two-way grid that allows better integration of Distributed Energy Resources for the benefit of all customers’.  AEMO and the ENA have given possible frameworks for integrating DER: A single integrated platform where the market operator provides a central platform in which all distribution level actors are able to participate. A two-step tiered platform in which the DNO’s are responsible for optimisation and

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  • Viewpoint: It’s time to spread the benefits of community energy …

    June 18, 2018

    Viewpoint: It’s time to spread the benefits of community energy …

    Local energy schemes: how can we get more of them in low-income areas? Harriet Sansom, Centre for Sustainable Energy, 14th June 2016 It’s time to spread the benefits of community energy … Most community energy projects happen in more affluent areas. This means that the benefits of local energy schemes – a solar installation on a village hall, say, or a collective buying initiative – are less widespread than they ought to be.That’s not to say that there is no community energy activity in low-income neighbourhoods – see below for some great examples. But there could be

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  • Presentation: Innovation & governance to enable a high penetration of electric vehicles

    June 15, 2018

    Presentation: Innovation & governance to enable a high penetration of electric vehicles

    Innovation and governance to enable a high penetration of electric vehicles  From: Antony Froggatt Presentation to: Innovation & governance of the power sector to enable a high penetration of electric vehicles, Chatham House, London, 12th June 2018 Summary Agenda EV Deployment – points of infulence Environmental control Global forcasts Impact on power demand Falling storage costs Charging infrastructure Corporate engagement   This presentation can be found here: froggatt

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  • New Thinking: More ambition needed for RIIO2 outputs

    June 14, 2018

    New Thinking: More ambition needed for RIIO2 outputs

    More ambition needed for RIIO2 outputs* Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th June 2018 Ofgem is currently consulting on multiple issues: RIIO2, network charging, post-supplier hub model, settlement and metering – and the sum of the decisions made about these consultations will form the basis of regulation for the next 10 years or so. It is therefore important to get these consultations ‘right’ – and from my perspective ‘right ‘ equals putting in place an energy system which removes barriers to delivering, whilst positively encouraging, the move to a smart and flexible energy system which is

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  • Global Insights: 13th June 2018

    June 13, 2018

    Global Insights: 13th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA ATA and ENA show all electric is cheaper than dual fuel A report released this week by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and funded by Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) show that new homes, with efficient appliances, LED lighting, heat pump hot water systems and split system air-conditioning combined with a 5kW solar PV system could save the household between $900-$1,600 annually compared to dual fuel.  The report calls for education within the building industry to show the benefit of the all-electric home.  It also calls for a review of policies and programs that have

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  • Presentation: Challenge to the Government, the Regulator and the monopoly companies

    June 6, 2018

    Presentation: Challenge to the Government, the Regulator and the monopoly companies

    Challenge to the Government, the Regulator and the monopoly companies: help fix our failed governance system From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Oxford Energy Colloquia, 5 June 2018, Oxford Summary Review the CCC carbon budgets and what we are on target to achieve The ‘easy’ GHG reductions undertaken for electricity;  minimal heat and transport reductions GB needs more policies, but it also needs governance to ensure policies are implemented (rhetoric versus practice) Governance fit for a 21 C Energy System The four key dimensions of a fit-for-purpose GB energy governance framework Case Study of All-but broken Governance

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  • Global Insights: 5th June 2018

    June 5, 2018

    Global Insights: 5th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMC moving ahead with Finkel review recommendations The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released a consultation on a proposed rule change on technical standards for generators.  The rule change request has been preceded by collaboration between the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), generators, network businesses and power systems engineers. The rule change, originating from one of the recommendations from the Finkel review, will ensure that all new generators will meet required security and reliability targets.  The targets will be set at a local level by the network companies and are dependent on local

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  • Presentation: Alternative models – is moving to a DSO the right approach?

    May 24, 2018

    Presentation: Alternative models – is moving to a DSO the right approach?

    Alternative models – is moving to a DSO the right approach? From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Utility Week Live, 23 May 2019 Summary Definitions of DER, DSO, DSP Underlying arguments for DSP Understanding DER value System design Challenges and solutions Why DSPs are better Who should become a DSP? How does regulation need to change? A timescale for change Conclusions   This presentation can be found here: Mitchell DNO to DSO – Delivering the Power System of the Future

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  • New Thinking: Low carbon incentives for network? Yes! But will they work in the current wider governance context?

    May 23, 2018

    New Thinking: Low carbon incentives for network? Yes! But will they work in the current wider governance context?

    Low carbon incentives for network? Yes! But will they work in the current wider governance context? Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 23rd May 2018 Sustainability First have produced an interesting discussion paper proposing a low carbon incentive for inclusion in the next round of regulation for networks (RIIO2). The paper, written by regulatory experts Maxine Frerk (ex-Ofgem), Judith Ward (who is – full disclosure – on the advisory group of IGov2) and Sharon Darcy, argues for the introduction of a specific low carbon incentive that would work in three areas: Low carbon energy sources: incentivising network

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  • Global Insights: 22nd May 2018

    May 22, 2018

    Global Insights: 22nd May 2018

    AUSTRALIA New Rule for retailers prevents over-inflated discounts The AEMC have made a new rule this week that will stop energy retailers claiming larger discounts than are actually available.  The rule states that no discount can be given for any product that would be higher than the standing offer if the discount was not available.   The rule has been bought about to decrease the confusion around energy bills and the numerous discounts that are available which have made switching energy supplier confusing for consumers. Energy Networks under tax review from the AER The Australian Energy

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