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  • Presentation: What is transforming the energy sector?

    February 13, 2017

    Presentation: What is transforming the energy sector?

    What is transforming the energy sector? From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Chatham House Energy Transitions conference, November 28-29, Royal Society, London Outline Energy sector economics is changing (because of energy technologies and ICT abilities, and therefore turning energy system upside down Conventional energy system wisdoms (eg the importance of baseload) are being overturned This implies a completely different system.   The presentation is available here: Mitchell Chatham House 29 November

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  • Working Paper: The governance of retail energy market services in the UK

    February 13, 2017

    Working Paper: The governance of retail energy market services in the UK

    The governance of retail energy market services in the UK: A framework for the future    Nick Eyre and Matthew Lockwood UKERC Working Paper Introduction: This Working Paper is the first output of research on retail market governance in the theme on “Decision making”, within the UKERC Phase 3 Programme (2014-19)i . Retail markets are the main commercial interface for most people with the energy system. Current retail energy market governance in the UK is characterized by a quite complex mix of arrangements that have evolved over time. The scale of governance is increasingly complex,

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  • Submission: National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

    February 13, 2017

    Submission: National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

    National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Matthew Lockwood   Summary This submission argues that GB is trapped in an infrastructure which is not fit for purpose. GB is not going to be able to transform to a fit for purpose infrastructure system unless those who pay for it also support it. The infrastructure changes which occur have to be those which GB people want, and value in their everyday lives. This is a move to an energy efficient Britain – whether this is buildings, the energy system, the transport system

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  • Working Paper: People, Demand and Governance in Future Energy Systems

    February 6, 2017

    Working Paper: People, Demand and Governance in Future Energy Systems

    Hello world!

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  • New Thinking: Why is Australia becoming an interesting case study for energy reform?

    January 24, 2017

    New Thinking: Why is Australia becoming an interesting case study for energy reform?

    Why is Australia becoming an interesting case study for energy reform? Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 24th January 2017 (version updated on 24th Jan) The term ‘utility death spiral’ has seen a re-emergence recently, especially in Australia.  The term was originally coined with the new era of competition as energy markets opened up and the rising costs of some utilities meant that consumers could switch to cheaper alternatives/sources. Then, it was much more a conceptual argument – a threat – to ensure policies which did not lead to a death spiral.  A perfect storm of requirements would

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  • Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence

    January 19, 2017

    Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence

    BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – A call for evidence Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Bridget Woodman, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is very pleased to input to the BEIS / Ofgem Call for Evidence (CfE) on a Smart, Flexible Energy System. The EPG undertakes many research projects related to innovation and governance within energy systems to increase flexibility and smartness1. We have had one particular project called Innovation and Governance for a Secure and Sustainable Economy (IGov, 2012-2016). This has now

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  • Presentation: The UK’s Decision to leave the EU – implications for energy and climate change

    December 13, 2016

    Presentation: The UK’s Decision to leave the EU – implications for energy and climate change

    The UK’s Decision to leave the EU – implications for energy and climate change From: Matthew Lockwood and Antony Froggatt Presentation to: DBEIS and DEEU, 24th November 2016 Outline: Introduction Issues that will determine nature of relationship Lessons from other EU energy relationships Recommendations   The presentation is available here: 20161129-brexit-energy-ch-BIES-final

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  • New Thinking: Cheap ubiquitous battery storage

    December 9, 2016

    New Thinking: Cheap ubiquitous battery storage

    Cheap ubiquitous battery storage – a thought experiment Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 9th December 2016  A few days ago I heard a presentation by Paul Massara of North Star Solar, a new solar PV + battery home energy system start-up. One of his points was that scale manufacture of lithium ion batteries means that electrical storage is getting cheaper and cheaper, and PV + battery packages are now cost effective in the UK with the right financing package. Certainly such systems seem to be taking off in places like Australia, and are now required in

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  • Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    November 28, 2016

    Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability: An institutional framework By: Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood, Richard Hoggett and Caroline Kuzemko Published in: online 28th Nov, produced for IGov conference: Energy Governance: New ideas, new institutions, new people – 6th December, London. Overview: Introduction: the challenge of transformation of the energy system Governing for Innovation The existing institutional landscape (and why it needs to change)? Principles for institutional reform An option for institutional change Final Comments   Download the paper here: Governing for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

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  • Presentations: Copenhagen Meetings Nov 2016

    November 23, 2016

    Presentations: Copenhagen Meetings Nov 2016

    Copenhagen Meetings Nov 2016 From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation 1: A Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance To: Center For Design, Innovation, and Sustainable Transition, Aalborg Univesity, Copenhagen, 23rd November 2016. Overview: There is an enormous amount of change going on in energy systems (technology (supply, demand and operation); economics; social preferences; environmental understanding, business models etc) which is leading to uncertainty Given this situation, energy policy decision-makers, when encouraging innovation: have to make the ‘right’ decisions, then be constantly vigilant about unforeseen consequences, and then be prepared to ‘re-set’ the policy to get it back on track this

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