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  • New Thinking: Tales of the unexpected

    July 25, 2018

    New Thinking: Tales of the unexpected

    Tales of the unexpected: A policy success story? Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 25th July, 2018 This blog has been written to provide an analysis of how Australia became the world leader in the percentage of households installing small-scale PV (<100kW). It will introduce the initial policies that were put in place at the national and state level which were intended to capture Australia’s solar resource to help reduce the country’s emissions. The blog will discuss other unrelated events happening at the same time which culminated in higher than expected adoption rates. It will also comment on

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  • Global Insights: 24th July 2018

    July 24, 2018

    Global Insights: 24th July 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMO releases Integrated System Plan The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is the system operator and national transmission planner.  This week AEMO released its inaugural Integrated System Plan (ISP) which builds on its annual National Transmission Network Development Plan.  The idea behind the ISP is to give a more coordinated approach to system planning and a long term strategic plan for the future of the energy market which will incorporate the policies from the National Energy Guarantee and state-based policies. The plan recognises that there are fundamental changes happening within the Australian energy system

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  • New Thinking: The Lost Strategy and Policy Statement

    July 18, 2018

    New Thinking: The Lost Strategy and Policy Statement

    The Lost Strategy and Policy Statement: Is Ofgem Really Working to the 2011 Social and Environmental Guidance? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 18th July 2018 The rhetoric of GB Energy Policy is now firmly set on an energy policy path which is ‘smart and flexible’. This is set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Industrial Strategy  and Ofgem’s Smart Systems and Flexible Plan. In August 2017, Ofgem set out their Strategy for Regulating the Future Energy Systems – which is an overview of the issues that energy systems are facing, and their plan for dealing with

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  • Global Insights: 17th July 2018

    July 17, 2018

    Global Insights: 17th July 2018

    AUSTRALIA ACCC report recommends extensive changes to the NEM The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have released a report this week on retail pricing in the National Electricity Market (NEM).  The report recognises that competition in the NEM is not working and that the current approach to policy, regulatory design and promotion of competition is not working in the best interests for consumers.  The report has 56 recommendations around four broad areas: Boosting competition in generation and retail Lowering costs in networks, environmental schemes and retail Enhancing consumer experiences and outcomes Improving business outcomes

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  • Presentation: Intro to People Roundtable

    July 17, 2018

    Presentation: Intro to People Roundtable

    IGov Roundtable on putting people at the heart of the energy system From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: putting people at the heart of the energy system, Citizens Advice, London, 10th July 2018 Summary Definitions Carbon budgets Value in the energy system Governance Overview of findings from IGov 1   This presentation can be found here: Mitchell – Intro to People at Centre Workshop

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  • Presentation: Putting people at the heart of the energy system

    July 17, 2018

    Presentation: Putting people at the heart of the energy system

    Putting people at the heart of the energy system From: Richard Hoggett Presentation to: putting people at the heart of the energy system, Citizens Advice, London, 10th July 2018 Summary Aims of the roundtable Drivers of change Why think about a people-focussed energy system? What are some of the issues to consider? How can people be put in the centre?   This presentation can be found here: Hoggett – IGov People and the Energy System 10th July

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  • Global Insights: 10th July 2018

    July 10, 2018

    Global Insights: 10th July 2018

    AUSTRALIA Work underway to provide a battery comparison register A project is currently being undertaken by the Victorian government, with funding provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Smart Energy Council, to create a comparative battery register. Australia is expecting a surge in the number of small scale battery installations to complement the almost 2 million household who currently have solar PV installed.  The register will enable householders and businesses to compare storage brands in terms of cycles, depth of discharge,

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  • Global Insights: 3rd July 2018

    July 3, 2018

    Global Insights: 3rd July 2018

    AUSTRALIA AER to review bidding practices in the wholesale energy market The Grattan Institute have released a report this week investigating the high prices of the National Electricity Market (NEM).  The report concludes that the high prices were caused by closure of old, low-cost, coal generators which caused a reduction in supply and pushed prices up; the rising cost of fuel i.e. black and brown coal and gas; and the ‘gaming’ of the electricity market by major electricity generators.  Gaming has been estimated to have cost customers as much as $800m in 2016-17. The report

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  • New Thinking: Multi-level Coordination and Governance in the Energy Revolution

    June 27, 2018

    New Thinking: Multi-level Coordination and Governance in the Energy Revolution

    Multi-level Coordination and Governance in the Energy Revolution Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, 27th June 2016 Early this week I blogged on local energy, multi-level change, and governance reflecting on some thinking from a recent event from the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum. This second blog builds on these ideas to put forward the clear case for multi-level coordination and governance in the energy revolution. Its reflects some of my thoughts from an event last week at the Energy Systems Catapult on Transforming places through clean growth. In common with many other countries, the

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  • Global Insights: 26th June 2018

    June 26, 2018

    Global Insights: 26th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA Jemena takes on Western Power’s Frank Tudor for new managing director Jemena, one of the privately owned distribution companies for Melbourne and Victoria has appointed Frank Tudor, the former CEO of Wester Power, as their new managing director.  Frank Tudor has been instrumental in Western Australia (WA) in realising the benefits of DER in the electricity system.  Western Power are the state-owned transmission and distribution company in WA and have been at the forefront of promoting the use of micro-grids.  It will be interesting to see how Frank Tudor will integrate his expertise in

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