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  • New Thinking: Governance for local energy transformations

    July 3, 2019

    New Thinking: Governance for local energy transformations

    Governance for local energy transformations Jess Britton, IGov Team, 3rd July 2019* It is an understatement to say that there has been a refocussing on local level coordination in energy system change. I have written before about the momentum at this scale, as well as the renewed attention of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) and emerging Local Industrial Strategies in this area. There has also been the announcement of major demonstrator funding for smart, local energy systems via the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. But despite these developments there remains a significant mismatch between activity at this

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  • MOOC: Reflections on Emerging Energy Systems

    July 1, 2019

    MOOC: Reflections on Emerging Energy Systems

    Transforming Energy Systems – why governance matters Reflections on Week 2 – Emerging Energy Systems 1st July 2019 Week 2 of our course has continued to raise multiple comments. From our perspective, we are trying to lay out the system and the way it is operated, its features and so on so that the more detailed stuff about how people interact with energy (week 3) and what governance changes need to happen (week 4) are understandable. The format of these online course mean that we have to take decisions about what we talk about –

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  • Presentation: Decentralising Energy & Communities

    June 28, 2019

    Presentation: Decentralising Energy & Communities

    Decentralising Energy & Communities From: Prof. Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Community Energy in a Climate Emergency – City Hall, London, 27 June 2019 Summary Climate budget and net zero Central role of people System change Governance Coordination Conclusion   Download the presentation: CM Energy For London 27 June

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  • The significance of Parliament’s Citizens Assembly on net zero

    June 20, 2019

    The significance of Parliament’s Citizens Assembly on net zero

    Viewpoint: The significance of Parliament’s Citizens Assembly on net zero By Dr Matthew Lockwood, Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy, SPRU 20th June 2019 The announcement today from six House of Commons Select Committees that they are to hold a Citizens Assembly (CA) on how we might achieve a pathway to net zero emissions is a major step. The move is clearly inspired by (and made under pressure from) the upsurge of activism on climate change – school strikes, Extinction Rebellion protests, the resurgence of the Green New Deal and the declaration by numerous institutions, including Parliament,

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

    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 1st August 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 different objectives, overseeing different aspects

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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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