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  • Submission: Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document

    October 17, 2017

    Submission: Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document

    Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document Submission from Rachel Bray, Helen Poulter, Richard Hoggett, Catherine Mitchell & Bridget Woodman: Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter welcomed the chance to comment on WPD’s DSO Transition programme and applauds WPD for the efforts made in recognising that transformation is essential to ensure that the network can meet the future energy demands of all of WPD’s customers. IGov is a project undertaken by the EPG. It takes the view that institutional and regulatory change is required to enable

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  • Presentation: RIIO ED-I Tables, based on Ofgem Review figures

    October 16, 2017

    Presentation: RIIO ED-I Tables, based on Ofgem Review figures

    RIIO ED-I Tables, based on Ofgem Review figures From: Catherine Mitchell, Helen Poulter & Richard Hoggett Presentation to: e-Lab, October 2017, Albuquerque The presentation can be downloaded here

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  • Global Insight 16 – 10th Oct 2017

    October 10, 2017

    Global Insight 16 – 10th Oct 2017

    Australia ARENA and ENA provide an overview of the future grid edge market place The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have teamed up to start discussions towards moving the national electricity market (NEM) towards a customer focussed, decentralised grid.  Part of this transition will involve providing value for current customers DER.  ARENA and the ENA have proposed that the current distribution network operators role will be split into that of  distribution system operator (DSO) and a distribution market operator (DMO).  The DSO responsibilities will be that of providing ‘safe, reliable

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  • Working Paper: The development of the Capacity Market for electricity in Great Britain

    October 9, 2017

    Working Paper: The development of the Capacity Market for electricity in Great Britain

    The development of the Capacity Market for electricity in Great Britain Matthew Lockwood EPG Working Paper: 1702 Abstract: A Capacity Market (CM) for electricity was introduced in Great Britain in the early 2010s, with the first auctions being held in 2014. The CM has been controversial in its design and effects. In particular it has been seen as benefitting existing, often high-carbon, capacity and large incumbent generators, rather than new entrants and technologies, such as demand side response. More broadly, it is seen by some as working against, rather than for, the development of a low-carbon

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  • Global Insight 15 – 3rd Oct 2017

    October 3, 2017

    Global Insight 15 – 3rd Oct 2017

    Australia Energy market transformation The Australian National Energy Market (NEM) has been swift in its implementation of some of the Finkel Review recommendations.  The new Energy Security Board has been established to oversee the whole system transformation.  The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has also recently announced its own Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) to advise on key initiatives from the review.  This panel consists of leaders from the energy industry and is chaired by Ms Chloe Munro who was a former chair of the Clean Energy Regulator and a panel member for the Finkel review

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  • Submission: Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework

    September 29, 2017

    Submission: Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework

    Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework Submission from Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter 1. Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter welcomes the chance to review the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework. The Open Letter (OL) is part of a group of related documents published on 4 August 2017: the Ofgem Strategy for Regulating the Future Energy System; a joint BEIS / Ofgem plan for a smart, flexible power system with the Government (which resulted from the January

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

    September 22, 2017

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

    The ideas behind the IGov ‘straw’ Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Committee on Climate Change, 19th September, London Overview – Why is it important to reform the GB’s energy governance framework? Energy is the main source of CO2 Multiple technologies – either new or with falling prices – could enable cheaper, more energy efficient system operation– but value (ie ability to access payment) remains mainly with old ‘dirty’ system Mitigation technology pathway has huge distributional impacts for society – a political not a technological / economic issue Energy is a whole system

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  • New Thinking: Energy economics up in air

    September 12, 2017

    New Thinking: Energy economics up in air

    Failure to Forecast the Falling Costs of Offshore Wind and Rising Costs of Nuclear Need to be Investigated in Helm Review Antony Froggatt, IGov Team, 12th September 2017 There can be no doubt that the Government’s announcement of the results of the 2nd round of auctions for allocating financial support scheme for renewables is a major boost for offshore-wind.  The Contracts for Difference (CfD), which is the fixed price that the developer will get paid regardless of the market price of electricity, for offshore wind was agreed at between £57.40-74.75/MWh,  which is a remarkable 50% below the

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  • New Thinking: What’s going on?

    September 7, 2017

    New Thinking: What’s going on?

    What’s going on? Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 7 September 2017 In July this year, at the IGov2 Advisory Group meeting, a widely made point was that there are multiple initiatives to do with the emerging future energy system in Britain at the moment. The landscape is very busy, crowded and potentially confusing. As part of trying to better define for ourselves where IGov2 fits in, we said we would try to provide an outline mapping of what is going on. Once we started we realised that this is of course trickier than it sounds – it’s

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  • New Thinking: Summer Madness – trying to keep up with BEIS / Ofgem consultations and documents

    August 25, 2017

    New Thinking: Summer Madness – trying to keep up with BEIS / Ofgem consultations and documents

    Summer Madness – trying to keep up with BEIS / Ofgem consultations and documents Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 25th August 2017 Ofgem’s Open Letter about RIIO-2 was published on 12 July, and any comments on it are due on 4 September 2017. On 4 August, Ofgem (or Ofgem and BEIS) released a set of ‘related’ documents – all of them in their way relevant to the RIIO-2 consultation. These were the Ofgem Strategy for Regulating the Future Energy System; the joint BEIS / Ofgem Plan for a smart, flexible power system with the Government (which resulted

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