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  • New Thinking Blog: Women and Energy

    July 28, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Women and Energy

    Women and Energy Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 28th July, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell A recent Ernst and Young report has shown that only 4% of executive board members of the top 100 utility companies is female. Not only does the sector have minimal women, but it is also primarily older and white in character – with 60% of its management over 40. The report argues that this is worrying in terms of diversity of thinking given that the current big kit, centralised energy model is in the middle of fundamental disruptive change and needs new and

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  • New Thinking Blog: The Boundary of The CMA Energy Market Investigation

    July 24, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: The Boundary of The CMA Energy Market Investigation

    The Boundary of The CMA Energy Market Investigation Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 24th July, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell The CMA has just announced the Statement of Issues for its Energy Market Investigation. Overall, it is a good document and explicitly invites parties to tell them, with reasons, if the issues they have identified should or should not be within scope, and if any issues have been missed. The submission deadline is 14 August 2014 – not great for some of us going on holiday in August – and should be sent to EnergyMarket@cma.gsi.gov.uk. As the Statement

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  • Lessons from America: is the US form of ‘decoupling’ transferable to GB?

    July 18, 2014

    Lessons from America: is the US form of ‘decoupling’ transferable to GB?

    Is the US form of ‘decoupling’ (ie breaking the link between energy saving and reduced revenues) transferable to GB? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 18th July, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell There is an implicit incentive in traditional economic regulation which compels utilities (meaning the main components of energy systems (producers/generators, transmitters, distributors and retail / supply) to encourage consumption rather than to reduce energy use. Utilities make more money selling energy than they can when encouraging an efficient use of it. This is at odds with current energy policy and is sometimes known as the throughput incentive

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  • Letter in Response to Guardian Article: Price of Electricity could double over the next 20 years

    July 16, 2014

    Letter in Response to Guardian Article: Price of Electricity could double over the next 20 years

    National Grid’s high case scenario says the price of electricity could double over the next 20 years (Report, 10 July), which it could. But then again, it could halve. Predicting the future is more likely to be wrong than right. What we do know from evidence is that where there is a large percentages of electricity supplied from variable power sources (ie primarily wind and solar), peak electricity prices – the most expensive ones during the day and where companies make their profits – are falling rapidly, thereby bringing down the wholesale cost of electricity

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  • Presentation: Understanding the Politics of UK Sustainable Energy Transition: Governance and Outcomes

    July 14, 2014

    Presentation: Understanding the Politics of UK Sustainable Energy Transition: Governance and Outcomes

    Understanding the Politics of UK Sustainable Energy Transition: Governance and Outcomes From: Caroline Kuzemko To: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), June 2014 Outline: Initial IGov observations: High rate of governance changes (legal targets) but less sustainable energy system or market change Big 6 dominate market; high barriers to entry; renewable energy (4%) and efficiency slow to develop Fossil fuels dominate (increased coal) and subsidies continue… Innovation and Governance: a series of complex interactions mediate between governance changes and sustainable energy outcomes Download presentation: CK IASSBerlin

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  • Presentation: Climate Norm Creation and Interactions with Energy Governance

    July 14, 2014

    Presentation: Climate Norm Creation and Interactions with Energy Governance

    Climate Norm Creation and Interactions with Energy Governance From: Caroline Kuzemko To: BISA Annual Conference, Dublin, June 2014 Outline: Paper explores EU climate benchmarking: How and why benchmarks are constructed – both revealing some of the assumptions behind them and considering how these become embedded in climate and energy governance Compliance at the national level: (UK and Germany) – increasingly important but reveals complexities and tensions Climate governance interacts with energy policies and the specific ways in which this takes place has consequences for climate benchmarks Approach – broadly a constructivist IPE approach (institutions) Themes: Benchmarks as

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  • Presentation: UK Energy Governance: Change, Capacity and Interactions

    July 14, 2014

    Presentation: UK Energy Governance: Change, Capacity and Interactions

    UK Energy Governance: Change, Capacity and Interactions From: Caroline Kuzemko To: Inaugural Workshop of the Energy and Governance Group, Canterbury Christ Church University, June 2014 Outline: UK Energy Governance: High Quantity of Changes (2000s) Type, Scale and Timing Complexity of Change: multiple drivers and framings of energy 4 Key Problematiques…   Download presentation: Canterbury-June

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  • Lessons from America: Customer Default Service with Competitive Retail – is this the way forward in GB?

    July 11, 2014

    Lessons from America: Customer Default Service with Competitive Retail – is this the way forward in GB?

    Customer Default Service with Competitive Retail – is this the way forward in GB? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 11th July, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell In general, the merits of retail regulation versus retail competition is framed in a 2 by 2 matrix whereby retail regulation protects customers but undermines innovation and retail competition stimulates innovation but reduces customer protection. For those of us who lived with the fat-days of the Central Electricity Generating Board pre-1990, supporting innovation has, in principle, (slightly and uncomfortably) trumped customer protection. However, the failure of the restructured electricity system to produce

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  • Blog from Berlin: Part Eins

    July 9, 2014

    Blog from Berlin: Part Eins

    Blog from Berlin – Part Eins Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 9th July, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko Have you ever noticed how things can appear relatively straightforward from afar, but the nearer you get to a situation the more complex it seems? I have just spent two weeks in Berlin interviewing analysts from think tanks, academic institutions and government advisors in an attempt to better understand governance and sustainable innovations in Germany – this blog is largely informed by these interviews. What has been revealed is that the Energiewende is both more complex but also simpler

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  • Lessons from America: Worrying analogies between the EMR process and the California Electricity Crisis 2001

    July 7, 2014

    Lessons from America: Worrying analogies between the EMR process and the California Electricity Crisis 2001

    Worrying analogies between the EMR process and the California Electricity Crisis 2001 Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 7th July, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell The energy challenges (1) facing the State of California in winter 2000 and spring 2001 dominated the news: brownouts, rolling blackouts, uncertain supply, concerns about the State’s economy, Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) bankruptcy, Southern California Edison (SCE) near bankruptcy. By summer 2001, the situation improved and the State turned its attention to working out exactly what had happened and why, and what longer-term improvements needed to be put in place. But the damage

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