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  • No resource is 100% reliable: a 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days

    July 31, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: a 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days

    A 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days  This is the fourth blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 31st July 2015 GB is not doing well in terms of RE deployment compared to many other European countries. In 2013, the overall percentage of electricity derived from renewable sources (international basis) was 14.9% and renewable energy as a percentage of primary energy demand was 5.2% (EC target is 15% in 2020). Electricity generation from renewable resources reached 53.7 TWh in 2013. According to (an old)

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: US polar vortex and energy

    July 30, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: US polar vortex and energy

    US polar vortex and energy This is the third blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 30th July 2015 The USA suffered some of its coldest weather ever over a few months as a result of the polar vortex in early 2014. PJM, the nation’s largest grid operator with nearly 190,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation across 13 states in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, set 8 of its top 10 winter peak records in its history, and called the weather extreme a 1-in-10 event. MISO, the nation’s second largest grid

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: The Belgian nuclear winter

    July 29, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: The Belgian nuclear winter

    The Belgian nuclear winter This is the second blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2015 Belgium had a worrying 2014-2015 winter – known as the Belgian Nuclear Winter when 3 nuclear power plants were shut down. What lessons should we learn from that event? The key lesson to learn is that no energy system is 100% reliable. All resources (nuclear, coal, gas, renewables, hydro, demand response, storage, interconnectors) have a certain likelihood of not being entirely available or available at all on any given day. So

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: A No-Regret Energy Policy- reduce, flatten and flex

    July 28, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: A No-Regret Energy Policy- reduce, flatten and flex

    A No-Regret Energy Policy: Reduce, flatten and flex This is the first blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 28th July 2015 The last few weeks has been pretty dire for those in Britain that care about moving towards a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system.  GB no longer has a credible energy policy. Government support for nuclear power may lead, at best, to one or two new power plants in GB – but by when we do not know and for how much money. They are almost immaterial to

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  • New Thinking: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

    July 27, 2015

    New Thinking: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

    What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 27th July 2015 Energy policy has been slowly changing over the last 30 or so years: two steps forward, one step back towards sustainability. But it has changed over that time and it has become more sustainable and better for GB’s innovation record. In 1984, with the miner’s strike, we had a state owned energy industry (both gas and electricity), with almost no customer input and minimal ability for independent action, no renewable energy policy, minimal energy efficiency action or

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  • New Thinking: Germany’s Coal Decision

    July 24, 2015

    New Thinking: Germany’s Coal Decision

    Germany’s Coal Decision: boon for incumbents or start of longer term phase out? Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 24th July, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko   Germany, like many countries attempting to transform their energy sectors, has a problem with coal – hard coal and lignite together still made up just over 40% of its electricity generation mix in 2014. Globally, and in Germany, although renewables have grown impressively over the past few years, the impact on emissions has been tempered by the increased use of coal. As such, for the sake of emissions, something needs to be

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  • Presentation: Renewables – how far can we go?

    July 20, 2015

    Presentation: Renewables – how far can we go?

    Renewables: how far can we go? From: Catherine Mitchell To: ECIU – Renewables, how far can we go? London 15-07-15 Outline The future Current situation in GB Energy system foundations Reduce, flatten and flex No wind, no sun scenario How do we make it happen? Can we afford it?   Download presentation: CMitchell – ECIU Renewables- how far can we go

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  • New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem

    July 14, 2015

    New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem

    The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 14 July 2015  About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics This is the second in a two-part post on governance issues raised in the Competition and Markets Authority energy market investigation provisional findings (full report now out) published last week. The first post focused on codes; this one is about the relationship between the government and the regulator. This is again an issue that is at the heart of the IGov project, and the CMA investigation has done everyone a great service in opening up and

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  • New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes

    July 10, 2015

    New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes

    The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 10 July 2015  About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Not surprisingly, most of the initial reaction to Tuesday’s provisional findings by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on its energy market inquiry has focused on overcharging of sticky customers and on a ‘safeguard’ tariff as a remedy. However, buried deep at the bottom of the document are some interesting arguments about the governance of the regulatory framework for energy. One is about the transparency of regulatory decision making (especially the relationship between DECC and Ofgem) and the

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  • News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    June 24, 2015

    News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP Catherine has just become Chair of the US based Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). RAP works primarily in the US, India, China and Europe.  It is a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. Recent publications that RAP have been heavily involved with, whether as writers or advisors, include the mega introduction to the menu of options open to US States in order to

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