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    May 15, 2019

    Sign Up for Our Free 4 Week Online Course:  Transforming Energy Systems: Why governance matters

    The issues of climate change, its impacts, and our collective responses are rising in the consciousness of civil society, industry leaders, and politicians. Last October’s IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5°C; this month’s CCC report on Net Zero; and declarations of a state of climate emergency at both national and local levels have highlighted the urgency of the issue and the scale of the challenge. Importantly, the challenges are not (just) technical in nature. Rather, there is an urgent need to shift to more effective forms of governance in order to tackle climate change

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  • New Thinking: Where is IGov on net zero?

    May 3, 2019

    New Thinking: Where is IGov on net zero?

    Where is IGov on Net Zero? Catherine Mitchell – IGov Team, 3rd May 2019 Given all the discussion over the last few days about when the UK and the world should reach net zero, we thought IGov should be clear on where we stand. The CCC has said that the UK ‘should set and vigorously pursue an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to ‘net-zero’ by 2050, ending the UK’s contribution to global warming within 30 years. Reflecting their respective circumstances, Scotland should set a net-zero GHG target for 2045 and Wales should

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  • New Thinking: we have a plan

    May 2, 2019

    New Thinking: we have a plan

    We have a plan – good governance to achieve a net-zero target Rebecca Willis and Catherine Mitchell, 2nd May 2019 This morning, the Committee on Climate Change recommended that the UK should strengthen its climate change targets, to move Britain to net-zero carbon by mid-Century. The advice, coming the day after the UK Parliament voted to declare a ‘climate emergency’, provides welcome evidence that far-reaching climate action is both feasible and economically sound. Throughout the report, the CCC stresses the crucial role of policy and governance in achieving a transition to zero-carbon. The target will,

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  • Briefing: Enabling the transformation of the energy system

    April 11, 2019

    Briefing: Enabling the transformation of the energy system

    Enabling the transformation of the energy system: Recommendations from IGov Rebecca Willis, Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Jess Britton, Helen Poulter IGov, University of Exeter   DRAFT for comment – April 2019.   Over the next few decades, the UK will need to steer a major transformation of the energy system, in order to maximise the benefits of innovation, bring about rapid decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and ensure that the system meets all people’s needs. The current picture of governance is confused, with multiple advisory and regulatory bodies, working to

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  • Submission: Ofgem RIIO2 Methodology

    March 19, 2019

    Submission: Ofgem RIIO2 Methodology

    Ofgem: RIIO-2 sector specific methodology consultation Submission from the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Rebecca Willis, Richard Hoggett, Richard Lowes, Rachel Bray, Helen Poulter and Jess Britton   Section 1: Introduction and Summary The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is pleased to give our comments on Ofgem’s RIIO2 Sector Specific Methodology (SSM). The EPG has previously given its comments on Ofgem’s RIIO Framework Consultation and has written various blogs pressing for more ambition with respect to RIIO2’s environmental output requirements. We have also argued that we find the

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  • Primer – New York State REV

    February 25, 2019

    Primer – New York State REV

    IGov Primer – New York State Reforming the Energy Vision Context Formally proposed in 2014, the New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is a governance process that IGov has followed closely. Following Hurricane Sandy there was a mandate from the people of New York State to address the energy system. The approach taken was to proactively tear up the rule book to put in place a fit-for-purpose governance for sustainable technologies and new ways of system operation / customer wishes / business models / economic regulation.  We think the REV is a fundamentally different

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  • Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia

    February 18, 2019

    Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia

    IGov Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia Context Australia is an example of where the ‘future’ energy system is already happening. This has been driven by a number of factors, which could happen to any country. System transformation is happening at such a rapid pace that the traditional institutional practices have been unable to keep- up with change, causing issues for both the technical and social aspects of transformation. This includes action by the Government and Regulator, with a clear lag between system change and its governance – an issue that is not

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  • New Thinking: GB Policy Conservatism – we are in the vicious policy cycle phase

    February 15, 2019

    New Thinking: GB Policy Conservatism – we are in the vicious policy cycle phase

    GB Policy Conservatism – we are in the vicious policy cycle phase Catherine Mitchell – IGov Team, 15th February 2019 Anyone who has read anything that IGov has produced over the last 6 years knows that we argue that GB energy governance, of which energy policy is one part, is not fit for purpose. And on this day of striking schoolchildren and students, it increasingly seems to me that it is not just our infrastructure, regulation, policy and markets which are unfit for purpose but the really big problem is that Britain does not seem

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  • Primer – DSPs and valuing DER

    February 11, 2019

    Primer – DSPs and valuing DER

    IGov Primer – Distribution Service Providers and valuing Distributed Energy Resources Distribution Service Providers (DSPs) The traditional three roles of utilities for planning, operations and market administration are being challenged by developments in technology, public policy goals, user preferences and business models. This raises questions over the future of the traditional distribution utility model in terms of: which of the three roles. Is it still valid that it should still have responsibility for the three roles; are there new functions (for example, local market coordination and balancing) which some distribution entity needs to take on

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  • Submission: Ofgem Targeted Charging Review

    February 7, 2019

    Submission: Ofgem Targeted Charging Review

    Submission to Ofgem Targeted charging review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment Prof Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Dr Becky Willis, Jess Britton Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Summary This is a submission to the Targeted Charging Review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment [1] from Catherine Mitchell of the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group and its Innovation and Governance (IGov) project[2]. Ofgem’s Minded To document comes to two preferred options: one related to fixed charges (the preferred outcome), and the other related to some form of capacity charge. Much has been

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