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  • Global Insights: 16th October 2018

    October 16, 2018

    Global Insights: 16th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA Monash University to go 100% renewable Monash University in Melbourne, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Indra Australia have announced a microgrid trial that will test the ability of the Monash University Clayton campus’ embedded network to become 100% renewable.  The Au$7.1 million trial has received Au$2.97 million from ARENA and the results from the trial will be used to inform the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) announced last week and to help other universities to transition towards using renewable energy. The microgrid will use up to 1MW of rooftop solar, 20 buildings

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  • Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    October 10, 2018

    Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    Ofgem Consultation: Getting more out of our electricity networks through reforming access and forward-looking charging arrangements Rachel Bray and Catherine Mitchell Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Running the energy system costs society and the customer a certain total amount every year. That sum of that cost is currently derived in a particular way – transmission costs, distribution costs, including charging costs, wholesale market costs etc – and via a certain methodology and regulatory mechanism and then paid for via customer bills before finally being reimbursed to different parts of the energy system by suppliers

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  • Global Insights: 9th October 2018

    October 9, 2018

    Global Insights: 9th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA ARENA announces whole system DER initiative The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have announced an initiative this week that will see the energy industry institutions come together to harness the potential of distributed energy resources (DER), the behind the meter resources such as solar PV and storage. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and ARENA have forecasted that up to 45% of Australia’s generation could come from DER by 2050.  In order to maximise the value of DER for all energy user a multi body initiative, the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP),

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  • Submission: BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme

    October 5, 2018

    Submission: BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme

    BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Rachel Bray Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary The University of Exeter Energy Policy Group (EPG) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the closure of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme. We do not support the closure of the FiT scheme. We have 6 main concerns: 1) The small scale FiT has been a way for communities, small companies and housholders to become involved in the transformation from the ‘dirty’ to the ‘clean’ energy system. Delivering the Committee of Climate Change greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions

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  • Global Insights: 2nd October 2018

    October 2, 2018

    Global Insights: 2nd October 2018

    AUSTRALIA New ruling for generators to bring down costs for consumers The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) announced a new ruling for technical standards for generators this week.  The new ruling sets local technical performance standards for generators who wish to connect to the grid.  Currently there is a one size fits all approach for performance standards in voltage and frequency regulation.  The new ruling would allow the connection to be based on the system requirements for the local area, e.g. if there is already ample capability for voltage control this would not be required

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  • New Thinking: The people’s energy networks?

    September 27, 2018

    New Thinking: The people’s energy networks?

    The people’s energy networks? Labour’s new ownership proposals Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 27th September 2018 To coincide with its annual conference, the Labour Party has just launched a new environmental policy document, The Green Transformation. A key element of its proposals on energy is to bring ‘the UK’s energy transmission and distribution networks back into public ownership’. Much media debate has been on how that will be financed, which is obviously an important issue. Here, however, our focus is on what such a move would mean for the running of networks. Labour’s shadow Chancellor John

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  • Global Insights: 25th September 2018

    September 25, 2018

    Global Insights: 25th September 2018

    AUSTRALIA AGL fails to report data and meet its emission targets in Victoria AGL, one of Australia’s largest energy companies, has come under fire from the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) (the Victorian regulator) after failing to provide its 2017-18 performance report for energy retailing on time and failing to meet its emission offset levels. AGL stated that it was unable to provide the performance report due to limitations in their current reporting platform and the need to complete a ‘full rebuild’ of their reporting capability.  This then pushed the ESC to suggest that there

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  • Presentation: Future Energy in Northern Ireland – the role of consumers / people

    September 24, 2018

    Presentation: Future Energy in Northern Ireland – the role of consumers / people

    Future Energy in Northern Ireland – the role of consumers / people From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Ulster University, SPIRE 2 event on Future Energy in Northern Ireland, Belfast, 20th Sept 2018 Summary Brief overview of energy system change Overview of rapid, unexpected change in Australia Overview of chosen, regulated change in NYS, US Brief look at IGov’s conclusions on the dimensions of fit for purposes governance – given the falling price of technologies; new system operation abilities; new customer / people preferences   This presentation can be found here: Mitchell_Ulster University 20 Sep

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  • Presentation: BIEE 2018 Women in Energy

    September 20, 2018

    Presentation: BIEE 2018 Women in Energy

    Women in Energy From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: BIEE 2018 Conference – Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System? 19th October, Oxford Summary Overview Personal strategies Corporate culture conference theme   This presentation can be found here: BIEE 2018 Breakfast

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  • Global Insights: 18th September 2018

    September 18, 2018

    Global Insights: 18th September 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMC finalises decision on distributed energy resources register The Australian Energy Market Commission has made a final rule that will allow the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to establish a register for distributed energy resources which includes household PV and storage. The rule will not come into effect until 1st December next year with information guidelines for the register published in June.  The register will allow the market operator visibility of DER, especially home storage.  Currently there are no schemes or subsidies in place for home storage which means AEMO is unable to see

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