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  • Presentation: Concluding the 40-year utilities experiment: death spirals or rebirth

    October 24, 2019

    Presentation: Concluding the 40-year utilities experiment: death spirals or rebirth

    Concluding the 40-year utilities experiment: death spirals or rebirth From: Prof. Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Beesley Lectures 2019 – Lecture 4, Institute of Directors, London, 23rd October 2019 Summary Energy governance Agreement/disagreement with analysis Different perspectives Wider governance issues Recommendations for new governance What does it mean for incumbents? Conclusion   Download the presentation: Mitchell C._Beesley Lecture 23rd Oct

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  • New Thinking: Looking at the NIC Regulatory Review

    October 22, 2019

    New Thinking: Looking at the NIC Regulatory Review

    Looking at the NIC Regulatory Review Catherine Mitchell – IGov Team, 22nd October, 2019   The NIC recently published its conclusions for its Regulatory Review. The EPG submitted evidence to the Review, and was also a member of the Challenge Panel. The Review explored whether the telecom, water and energy regulatory systems are able to deal with the current key challenges they face.  It was therefore a high level Review of UK Regulation, rather than a review of the details of each regulatory system. Overall, IGov is pretty pleased with the NIC outcomes. The Report

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  • Submission: NIC ‘The Future of Regulation Study’ Call for Evidence

    October 22, 2019

    Submission: NIC ‘The Future of Regulation Study’ Call for Evidence

    National Infrastructure Commission: ‘The Future of Regulation Study’ Call for Evidence Submission from the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Rebecca Willis, Richard Hoggett, Iain Soutar, Helen Poulter, Bridget Woodman, Emily Judson and Jess Britton Section 1: Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group (EPG), welcome the NIC’s Call for Evidence on the Future of Regulation. We are an energy group, and as such our comments are likely to be most relevant to energy regulation. Ultimately, we argue that it is Government which has to take responsibility for GB energy policy, and the way

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  • Submission: Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Net Zero Government

    October 17, 2019

    Submission: Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Net Zero Government

    Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Net Zero Government Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Supplementary note from Dr Rebecca Willis, Research Fellow   1. Overall government framework for net-zero Accountability and responsibility for net-zero: As we discussed, the UK’s Climate Change Act is world-leading, in setting a long-term target – now net-zero – and interim five-yearly budgets, overseen by the Committee on Climate Change. However, beyond the top-level responsibility held by BEIS, it is not clear who is responsible for delivering these targets. Many Departments and Agencies of government make reference to decarbonisation, but this

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  • New Thinking: Climate Emergency Declarations Accelerating Decarbonisation?

    September 20, 2019

    New Thinking: Climate Emergency Declarations Accelerating Decarbonisation?

    Climate Emergency Declarations Accelerating Decarbonisation? What 249 UK examples can tell us. Calum Harvey-Scholes, IGov Team 20th September 2019 Introduction Following the IPCC 1.5oC Special Report in October 2018, it is clearer than ever that we need to accelerate decarbonisation policy at every level to limit global heating. We know that more than half of all anthropogenic carbon emissions have occurred in the past 30 years, since the establishment of the IPCC, and global carbon emissions are still climbing every year. The IPCC report, the school climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion, and Climate Change: The Facts

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  • Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Flexible & Responsive Energy Retail Markets

    September 17, 2019

    Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Flexible & Responsive Energy Retail Markets

    Submission to BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Flexible and Responsive Energy Retail Markets Exeter Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Rebecca Willis Section 1: Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter, welcome this opportunity to make comments on the Flexible and Responsible Energy Retail Markets (FRERM) consultation document Consultation. EPG members have been working on this issue for several years. One of the EPG projects in particular, Innovation and Governance for a Future Energy System (IGov), has been focusing on this issue since 2012. The

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  • Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Reforming the Energy Industry Codes

    September 17, 2019

    Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Reforming the Energy Industry Codes

    Submission to the BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Reforming the Energy Industry Codes Submission from the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Rebecca Willis and Richard Hoggett   Section 1: Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group, of the University of Exeter welcome this consultation, and its parallel Impact Assessment. We find the consultation document to be a thorough and honest review of the long standing discussions about the need to reform Codes. However, before commenting on the specifics of this consultation, it is important to state that the effectiveness of specific measures like

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  • Paper: Unpacking ‘regime resistance’ in low-carbon transitions

    September 13, 2019

    Paper: Unpacking ‘regime resistance’ in low-carbon transitions

    Unpacking ‘regime resistance’ in low-carbon transitions: The case of the British Capacity Market By: Matthew Lockwood, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett Published in: Energy Research & Social Science (online September 2019) Highlights Provides a critique of concept of ‘regime resistance’ in analysis of sustainable energy transformations. Provides in-depth analysis of energy company lobbying on formation of Capacity Market policy in Britain. Shows evidence of incumbent influence and structural power over government. Demonstrates incumbent power was contingent on interests, institutional context and ideas deployed   Abstract The ability of powerful incumbent actors to resist technological or

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  • Presentation: Whole Energy System Coordination for a Net Zero Future

    September 5, 2019

    Presentation: Whole Energy System Coordination for a Net Zero Future

    Whole Energy System Coordination for a Net Zero Future From: Prof. Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Archetypes of decarbonization pathways and climate policy entry points to raise ambition, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Berlin, 4th September 2019 Summary Importance of Governance IGov’s conceptual net zero whole energy system governance framework Various countries / States are moving towards greater governance coordination to deliver stated objectives Conclusion   Download the presentation: PEP Berlin 2-4 September 2019 – CMitchell

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  • Shortcut to Key IGov Findings

    August 1, 2019

    Shortcut to Key IGov Findings

    Shortcut to key IGov findings 1st August 2019 This blog wraps up some of the key IGov ideas and arguments, providing a ‘quick’ read and introduction. The IGov website has over 600 pieces of work on it and is the place to go for full details. The IGov project is coming to an end in the autumn (2019) and the next few months are going to be spent disseminating our arguments for the governance reform we think is needed if we are to accelerate and more cost effectively enable the transformation to a sustainable, equitable,

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