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  • New Thinking: What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning

    July 29, 2016

    New Thinking: What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning

    What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2016  I was just on the Today programme at 8.54 am, and was not able to give my view on George Monbiot’s proposal that we restart an Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) programme to solve the twin problems of using up our stockpile of nuclear waste, and have a long term source of energy. My answer to this would have been that the problem with using nuclear waste as a fuel in reactors is that it makes the fission

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  • New Thinking: Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC

    July 29, 2016

    New Thinking: Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC

    Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2016  EDF has just given the go-ahead to investment in Hinkley Point C (HPC, a new build nuclear power plant). However, the GB Government has announced that it is going to ‘think carefully’ and will announce its decision in the Autumn. This is a good decision for multiple reasons (see past blogs, here, here and here). In her inaugural speech, our new Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘’We will do everything we can to give you

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  • New Thinking: The changing role of consumers in the energy system

    July 8, 2016

    New Thinking: The changing role of consumers in the energy system

    Rethinking the role of consumers in our evolving energy system Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, 8th July 2016 The GB energy system is designed to meet the energy demand of consumers, whether they are domestic, commercial or industrial users. Regardless of the level or timing of demand, the system is designed to ensure there is always sufficient supply available to meet it. This practice dates back to the post war years when the desire was to maximise energy output to keep pace with growing demand, to support economic growth. This supply-oriented focus has changed little since

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  • Join Us: PhD on Disinvestment and Death Spirals

    July 5, 2016

    Join Us: PhD on Disinvestment and Death Spirals

    Join the EPG: Disinvestment and Death Spirals – governance issues for future energy systems  The Energy Policy Group (EPG) at the University of Exeter has a fully funded 3.5 year PhD which is part of the Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems (IGov2). This is an extension of a 4 year Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Energy System project (IGov). The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for 3.5 years.  The student would be based in the EPG in the College of Life

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  • Presentation: Distribution Service Providers

    June 14, 2016

    Presentation: Distribution Service Providers

    Distribution Service Providers (DSP): a transformative energy system institution? From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC, 10 June 2016 Outline: Challenges facing energy system Opportunities facing energy system IGov ideas about transformative governance The importance of institutional governance Introduction to DSP The generic model New York REV model CA model   Download the presentation: CM IDB Washington DSP Slides

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  • US Regulatory Reform: NY utility transformation

    June 13, 2016

    US Regulatory Reform: NY utility transformation

    US REGULATORY REFORM SERIES What, and how, the New York utilities are expected to transform to over the next decade – the New York REV’s Ratemaking May 2016 Order Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 13 June 2016  In April 2014, Governor Cuomo of New York kicked off the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV). This encompasses multiple dimensions of regulated administrated programs, regulatory reform and new institutions – all of which work together to create an enabling environment for a transition to a sustainable energy future for New York State (NYS). The administered programs include

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  • Presentation: Jon Parker, Ofgem

    June 6, 2016

    Presentation: Jon Parker, Ofgem

    The transition from DNOs to DSOs From: Jon Parker, Ofgem Download presentation: Ofgem, Jon Parker 

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  • Presentation: Nigel Turvey, Western Power Distribution

    June 6, 2016

    Presentation: Nigel Turvey, Western Power Distribution

    Transition from DNO to DSO From: Nigel Turvey – Network Strategy and Innovation Manager, Western Power Distribution Download presentation: WPD DSP-DSO, Nigel Turvey

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  • Presentation: Patrick Hynes,National Grid

    June 6, 2016

    Presentation: Patrick Hynes,National Grid

    Developing a flexible GB market framework From: Patrick Hynes, National Grid Download presentation: NGrid_GBFlexibility_Market_Framework

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  • Presentation: Morgan Wild, Citizens Advice

    June 6, 2016

    Presentation: Morgan Wild, Citizens Advice

    Consumer reflections on distribution service providers From: Morgan Wild, Senior Policy Researcher, Citizens Advice Download presentation: DSP roundtable- Morgan Wild

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