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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    March 16, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    Reset the reset (3) – Walking the Walk: we need to agree a DER assessment process and a methodology to value DER which fits with a smart and flexible energy system Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 16th March 2017 IGov is arguing that the Government/BEIS should initiate a process to develop a fit-for-purpose GB energy governance framework – analogous to (but not necessarily the same as) the IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework. Other jurisdictions around the world are already well into the process of creating a smart and flexible energy system, inter alia here. The

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent

    March 15, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent

    Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent: BEIS and the Regulator have to sort out their relationship and roles Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 15th March 2017 GB has a stated intent of moving to an energy system capable of delivering a cost-effective decarbonised energy system by 2050 – thereby meeting the Committee on Climate Change’s 2050 carbon budgets. Sadly, the content of our energy policy (EP) does not deliver its good intention. As a recent IGov blog stated, GB may be talking the talk, but we are not walking the walk. Even worse,

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now

    March 14, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now

    Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th March 2017 GB energy policy is dissolving into a muddled, mire of siloed, non-joined-up policy statements and calls for evidence. GB has to decide on the necessary institutional arrangements to deliver its GHG reduction targets, cost-effective, smart, flexible, secure energy system before it makes even more costly and time-consuming mistakes. We do not want to halt (or hinder) progress towards a sustainable energy system by undertaking a big review of GB energy policy, but we

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  • New Thinking: The Embedded Generator Saga and Codes Governance

    March 13, 2017

    New Thinking: The Embedded Generator Saga and Codes Governance

    Transformation is about walking the walk, not just talking the talk – the embedded generator saga and codes governance Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 13th March 2017 A major row has blown up over the apparently obscure issue of ‘embedded benefits’. These are payments that are made to electricity generators attached to the distribution network, as opposed to the higher voltage transmission network, so called because these generators are ‘embedded’ further down the system closer to sources of electricity demand. They are also sometimes called distributed generators. Technically, embedded benefits are based on the contribution made

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  • Submission: Ofgem Call for Evidence on future electricity system operator arrangements

    March 10, 2017

    Submission: Ofgem Call for Evidence on future electricity system operator arrangements

    Ofgem call for Evidence on Future arrangements for the electricity system operator: its role and structure  Submission from Matthew Lockwood and Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is pleased to respond to Ofgem’s Call for Evidence (CfE) on Future arrangements for the electricity system operator. Issues of innovation and governance within energy systems form a major focus for EPG research, and in particular the four-year RCUK funded project Innovation and Governance for a Secure and Sustainable Economy (IGov, 2012-2016), which has now

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  • Book Chapter: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy

    March 3, 2017

    Book Chapter: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy

    Book Chapter: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy New book chapter from Caroline Kuzemko and Amelia Hadfield: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy pp 21-50 in Jakub M. Godzimirski (editor) EU Leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance – Global and Local Challenges and Responses, published by Palgrave Macmillian. For more information visit the Palgrave wesbite Published Oct 2015 This edited collection focuses on the impact of the changing global distribution of power on the EU’s energy policy and ability to project its approach to energy-related issues abroad. It maps the EU’s changing position on global energy, the impact of various

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  • Book Chapter: The Great British Energy Transition?

    March 3, 2017

    Book Chapter: The Great British Energy Transition?

    New book chapter from Caroline Kuzemko: Chpt 15. The Great British Energy Transition? in Looney, Robert E (Editor) Handbook of Transitions to Energy and Climate Security, published by Routledge. For more information visit the Routledge website. An original contribution to our understanding of a phenomenon that is reshaping the world, this title thoroughly discusses the transformation of the energy security policy arena brought on by two dramatic developments – the increased potential availability of energy in many parts of the world on the supply side, and on the demand side increasing concerns over the harmful

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  • Paper: Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity

    March 3, 2017

    Paper: Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity

    Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity By: Caroline Kuzemko Published in: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations Vol 18, Issue 1, 2016 Available online: 16th April 2016 Research Highlights and Abstract Provides new insights into depoliticisation literatures by applying depoliticisation beyond economic and monetary policy to energy and climate change policy. Demonstrates ways in which forms of depoliticisation can affect political capacity to respond to new policy challenges. Challenges climate change and energy transition literatures by explaining how and why UK energy policy institutions have constrained innovation and sustainable change.   Depoliticisation,

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  • Paper: Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of renewable energy policy in EU member state

    March 3, 2017

    Paper: Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of renewable energy policy in EU member state

    Forward to Special Issue on Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of renewable energy policy in EU member states By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: Journal of Energy & Environment Available online: 13th April 2016 The forward can be accessed via: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0958305X16638221 (paywall)

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  • Paper: Historical institutionalism and the politics of sustainable energy transitions

    March 2, 2017

    Paper: Historical institutionalism and the politics of sustainable energy transitions

    Historical institutionalism and the politics of sustainable energy transitions: A research agenda By: Matthew Lockwood, Caroline Kuzemko, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett Published in: Environmental and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2017,  Vol 35(2) 312-333 Available online: 22 July 2016, in print March 2017 Abstract Improving the understanding of the politics of sustainable energy transitions has become a major focus for research. This paper builds on recent interest in institutionalist approaches to consider in some depth the agenda arising from a historical institutionalist perspective on such transitions. It is argued that historical institutionalism is a valuable

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