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  • New Thinking Blog: The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future

    March 11, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future

    The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 11th March 2013 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Twitter: https://twitter.com/exeterepg In the middle of 2011,  Germany announced its new energy policy: the energiewende or energy transformation. This is a 40 year programme with aspirational targets along the way including for renewable energy to provide 35% of electricity and 18% of energy by 2020 rising to greater than 80% of electricity and 60% of energy by 2050; with total energy demand to be cut by 50% by 2050; total carbon emissions to be cut

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  • Call for Papers: Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security

    March 7, 2013

    Call for Papers: Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security

    Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security (Applied Energy) Guest editors: Prof Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Dr Chiara Candelise, Dr Ronan Bolton, Dr Florian Kern Managing Editor: Prof. Jinyue Yan, Editor-in-Chief, Applied Energy Objective: This special issue in Applied Energy will focus on the links between energy security and the supply chains/value chains that make up energy systems. At a macro level, energy systems can be viewed as a supply chain, comprising of multiple and interrelated sub-chains based around different fuels, technologies, infrastructures, and actors. These enable resources to be extracted, transformed and distributed to meet the demand for

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  • Presentation: Consumer Perspectives on the Future of the UK Gas Network

    March 7, 2013

    Presentation: Consumer Perspectives on the Future of the UK Gas Network

    Presentation: The Future of the UK Gas Network – A Consumer Perspective From: Richard Hoggett To: UKERC Meeting Place – The Future of the UK Gas Network, March 2013 Download Consumer Perspectives on the Future of Gas Networks – Hoggett

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  • New Thinking Blog: Fudging the future – why we need a 2030 decarbonisation target

    February 27, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Fudging the future – why we need a 2030 decarbonisation target

    Fudging the future – political divisions over a 2030 decarbonisation target are threatening the economy, energy security, bills and climate change. Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, 27th February 2013 About Richard: http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/igov/people/igov-team/richard-hoggett/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HoggettRD The last few weeks have seen growing evidence from a broad range of organisations and commentators on the need for the Energy Bill to include a 2030 decarbonisation target (as well as the inevitable counter arguments in much of the media, and political circles). The problem is there is no simple route for developing a secure, affordable, low carbon energy system. Regardless

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  • Talk by Catherine Mitchell on Energy Policy to BIS 26 Feb 2013

    February 27, 2013

    Talk by Catherine Mitchell on Energy Policy to BIS 26 Feb 2013

    Presentation: Energy Policy From: Prof Catherine Mitchell To: BIS, Feb 2013 CM BIS presentation 26-2-

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  • Catherine Mitchell Comment – Daily Mirror 20/2/13

    February 26, 2013

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  • New Thinking Blog: Is the Green Deal a Good Deal?

    February 18, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Is the Green Deal a Good Deal?

    Is the Green Deal a Good Deal? Tom Steward, IGov Team, 18th Feb 2013 About Tom: http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/igov/people/igov-team/tom-steward/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steward_T It’s been a long time coming, but the end of January finally saw the Green Deal open for business. This is the coalition’s flagship policy designed to reduce energy demand by addressing Great Britain’s notoriously leaky (thermally speaking) housing stock. People are offered the opportunity to improve the efficiency of their homes at next to no upfront cost, by means of a loan which is repaid through electricity bills. Uniquely, the loan is attached to the

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  • New Thinking Blog: Four Subjectivities of Nuclear Energy

    February 11, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Four Subjectivities of Nuclear Energy

    Four Subjectivities of Nuclear Energy Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, February 11th 2013 For such an advanced technology decisions about whether to include nuclear power in the electricity generation mix are highly subjective, and subject to no small amount of flip-flopping.  Exploring and understanding what these subjectivities are, and how they relate to energy policy objectives, is vital if we are to get to the bottom of political decision making regarding nuclear power. We might first explain these subjectivities with reference to the observation that aspects of nuclear power are difficult to quantify.  Historically nuclear power

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  • Call for Abstracts: Theorising Governance Change for a Sustainable Economy

    February 5, 2013

    Call for Abstracts: Theorising Governance Change for a Sustainable Economy

    For Workshop on 30th April 2013, London The Innovation and Governance (IGov) research group is hosting a one-day workshop on theoretical approaches to understanding change in  governance systems, with a particular focus on managing transformation to a more sustainable energy system and economy. More information on IGov and its aims are available from www.exeter.ac.uk/igov Increasingly, research on energy transitions call for greater innovation, not only in technologies, corporate and individual behaviours, but also in political practices.  Much of the literature concludes that without a core role for national government(s) in supporting the transition to a

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  • New Thinking Blog: Do we need a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector?

    February 4, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Do we need a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector?

    Do we need a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector? Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, February 5th 2013 It’s widely expected that the electricity sector will lead the transition to a low carbon economy in the UK. Producing about 40% of our carbon emissions, electricity generation plays a central role in determining our overall emissions performance. That is why the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said in 2011 that they thought it should be emitting around 50 grams of CO2 for every kWh of power produced by 2030, compared with over 440gCO2/kWh in 2011. Not

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