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  • Paper: The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support

    August 22, 2016

    Paper: The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support

    The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support: Effects and significance By: Matthew Lockwood Published in: Energy Policy (2016 – 97:193-201) Available online: July 2016 Abstract There is a long-standing debate over price vs. quantity approaches to supporting the deployment of renewable electricity technologies. In the context of a recent shift from quantity to price-based support, the UK has also introduced a new form of budgetary framework, the Levy Control Framework (LCF). The introduction of the LCF has been very important for investors but has received relatively little attention in the academic literature. The paper

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  • Presentation: IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance

    August 18, 2016

    Presentation: IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance

    IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Roundtable, 20th July 2016 Outline: The energy system is undergoing fundamental and rapid change Range of different drivers Technology ICT Social preferences New business models Governance Much of this change in electricity sector Actors competing for space within uncoordinated markets and networks System changing – DNOs to DSO/DSP, decentralising, customers Currently technology racing ahead, infrastructure and regulations lagging – risks increased costs, undermining security and threatens transformation Multiple reports recognising need for governance change: DECC; Energy and Climate Change Committee;

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  • New Thinking: Transformational Regulation- comparing the NY REV & RIIO

    August 11, 2016

    New Thinking: Transformational Regulation- comparing the NY REV & RIIO

    Transformational Regulation – comparing the NY REV & RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 11th August 2016   IGov has published a number of blogs etc about the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV), and in particular NY’s new, regulatory value proposition, distribution service providers. When discussing the NY REV in GB with various stakeholders in different forums (for example, the DSO versus DSP workshop), the comments received can be divided into four general streams: 1. a general feeling of not understanding what the NY REV is

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  • Submission: NIC – National Infrastructure Assessment, Process & Methodology

    August 11, 2016

    Submission: NIC – National Infrastructure Assessment, Process & Methodology

    National Infrastructure Commission: The National Infrastructure Assessment, Process and Methodology Catherine Mitchell and Matthew Lockwood, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group (EPG) is very pleased to submit to the Consultation on the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) – Process and Methodology. The EPG submitted evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Inquiry into Electricity Interconnection and Storage, which subsequently led to the very good NIC Report on Smart Power. The EPG has a project: Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable Economy (IGov). This has a small team working on

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  • New Thinking: The embedded benefit saga

    August 8, 2016

    New Thinking: The embedded benefit saga

    The embedded benefit saga: why GB needs a progressive energy vision Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 8th August 2016  Over the last few weeks, new possibilities have been injected into the energy policy debate, and now is the time to forge a progressive UK energy vision. Theresa May, our Prime Minister, said in her inaugural speech: ‘’We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you.’’ A few days later, she set out the principles of her economic

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  • New Thinking: What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning

    July 29, 2016

    New Thinking: What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning

    What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2016  I was just on the Today programme at 8.54 am, and was not able to give my view on George Monbiot’s proposal that we restart an Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) programme to solve the twin problems of using up our stockpile of nuclear waste, and have a long term source of energy. My answer to this would have been that the problem with using nuclear waste as a fuel in reactors is that it makes the fission

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  • New Thinking: Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC

    July 29, 2016

    New Thinking: Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC

    Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2016  EDF has just given the go-ahead to investment in Hinkley Point C (HPC, a new build nuclear power plant). However, the GB Government has announced that it is going to ‘think carefully’ and will announce its decision in the Autumn. This is a good decision for multiple reasons (see past blogs, here, here and here). In her inaugural speech, our new Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘’We will do everything we can to give you

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  • New Thinking: The changing role of consumers in the energy system

    July 8, 2016

    New Thinking: The changing role of consumers in the energy system

    Rethinking the role of consumers in our evolving energy system Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, 8th July 2016 The GB energy system is designed to meet the energy demand of consumers, whether they are domestic, commercial or industrial users. Regardless of the level or timing of demand, the system is designed to ensure there is always sufficient supply available to meet it. This practice dates back to the post war years when the desire was to maximise energy output to keep pace with growing demand, to support economic growth. This supply-oriented focus has changed little since

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  • Join Us: PhD on Disinvestment and Death Spirals

    July 5, 2016

    Join Us: PhD on Disinvestment and Death Spirals

    Join the EPG: Disinvestment and Death Spirals – governance issues for future energy systems  The Energy Policy Group (EPG) at the University of Exeter has a fully funded 3.5 year PhD which is part of the Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems (IGov2). This is an extension of a 4 year Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Energy System project (IGov). The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for 3.5 years.  The student would be based in the EPG in the College of Life

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  • Presentation: Distribution Service Providers

    June 14, 2016

    Presentation: Distribution Service Providers

    Distribution Service Providers (DSP): a transformative energy system institution? From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC, 10 June 2016 Outline: Challenges facing energy system Opportunities facing energy system IGov ideas about transformative governance The importance of institutional governance Introduction to DSP The generic model New York REV model CA model   Download the presentation: CM IDB Washington DSP Slides

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