New Thinking

These pages set out our wider thinking on issues relating to innovation, governance and practice for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system. This includes contributions from the IGov team, the wider EPG group, as well as invited authors. These articles are not reviewed.

  • New Thinking Blog: Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security

    April 7, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security

    Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 7th April, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko Since the start of the latest Ukraine-Russia crisis the rhetoric of energy security has re-emerged as strongly as ever.  What seems most evident this time around is the degree to which energy companies are deploying the energy supply security card in order to appeal for more state and political support for new capacity.  The nuclear industry, never shy about letting a good energy crisis go to waste, has been active across Europe in using fear of Russia and

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  • New Thinking Blog: Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change

    March 31, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change

    Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 31st March, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell The second Working Group (WG2) report of the International Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Review (IPCC AR5) has been published and says we, as a world, have to do more to combat climate change if we are to maintain the comfort and fabric of our lives, and it will cost us less than if we do nothing. WG1 of the IPCC AR5 was published last year on the science of climate change and in a

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  • New Thinking Blog: Energy Competitiveness in the Budget – Going for Cheap and Dirty, Not Lean and Clean

    March 21, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Energy Competitiveness in the Budget – Going for Cheap and Dirty, Not Lean and Clean

    Energy competitiveness in the Budget – going for cheap and dirty, not lean and clean Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 21 March 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Much of the discussion of Wednesday’s Budget will be about wins for pensioners and bingo players, but another winner was energy-intensive industry. Setting the background, the Budget text involved some fairly selective data and glided over a few inconvenient facts. Starting off by noting the key role that manufacturing is playing in the UK’s recovery, the Budget argued that: “As a vital export industry, manufacturers produce more than half of the UK’s exports,

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  • New Thinking Blog: Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life

    March 19, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life

    Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 19th March, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Hardly a month has gone by since David Cameron told MPs he believed ‘man-made climate change is one of the most serious threats this country and this world faces’. Yet the Prime Minister’s newly rediscovered climate convictions has already failed their first test – in today’s budget. One of the few widely trailed measures which occurred today is the freeze to the carbon price floor  at £18 a tonne of

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  • New Thinking Blog: Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

    March 10, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

    Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 10th March 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU reform.However, the presence of Europe’s electorally most successful leader is also a reminder of some contrasts between Germany and the UK in the area of energy policy. Germany’s Energiewende, or path towards renewable energy, has recently been much lambasted in parts of the UK press as disastrously costly. And it is true that support to renewable energy has cost Germany around four times as

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  • New Thinking Blog: Ensuring Trust and Transparency in the Electricity Market

    February 28, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Ensuring Trust and Transparency in the Electricity Market

    Ensuring Trust and Transparency in the Electricity Market Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 28th February, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Such is the life of an electricity nerd that pleasure can be gained from watching a spat between the Regulator Ofgem and the Labour Party. With no love lost between them, particularly since the Labour Party has said that they will replace Ofgem with a tough new energy watchdog, it was fun watching the press–releases ping out about transparency of prices on 26 February 2014. Ofgem had published actions to improve the transparency of energy company profits. While most

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  • New Thinking Blog: Lets Shine a Light on the Gas Industry – Update on Switching from BG

    February 20, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Lets Shine a Light on the Gas Industry – Update on Switching from BG

    Lets Shine a Light on the Gas Industry – Update on Switching from BG Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 20th February, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell On 8 January, I wrote a blog about my experience of switching from British Gas (BG) as my gas supplier to Good Energy (GE). My gas was switched to GE at the end of December 2013 and I had rang GE on 2 January 2014 with my gas meter reading. As I said at the time, the Good Energy side of things was straight forward but: “This was not the case with

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  • New Thinking Blog: The European 2030 package and the governance of the carbon market

    February 9, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: The European 2030 package and the governance of the carbon market

    The European 2030 package and the governance of the carbon market Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 10th February 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics As most observers of climate and energy policy know by now, the European Commission has put forward a 2030 draft package that has a carbon target, but no nationally binding renewables or energy efficiency targets. The European Parliament voted last week for a more ambitious package including those last two elements, but it has no power to impose this on ministers who will meet in March to potentially seal a deal. If we are left with

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  • New Thinking Blog: Shale Gas & Price Reductions

    January 28, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Shale Gas & Price Reductions

    Shale Gas & Price Reductions – Calling for Informed, Honest & Transparent Leadership Tom Steward, IGov Team, 28th January 2013 About Tom: http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/igov/people/igov-team/tom-steward/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steward_T Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, David Cameron once again allied the ideas of shale exploration, and cheaper gas prices. He called attention to the effects that the shale revolution has had in the US, particularly in relation to falling energy prices as permitting ‘re-shoring’ of industry. Something he is keen to see replicated in Europe, and particularly in Britain. This is not the first time Cameron has suggested that

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  • New Thinking Blog: Climate Governance Compromises and their Impacts

    January 21, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Climate Governance Compromises and their Impacts

    Climate Governance Compromises and their Impacts Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 21 January, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko   Last week I spent Thursday and Friday at a youth hostel near Milton Keynes (and yes, I did see statues of cows) at an extended workshop on climate governance. This was organised by Dr Chris Shaw, of the Environmental Change Institute, as part of an on going, ESRC funded project: #climatecrunch. The themes of the workshop were ‘risks, rights and responsibilities’ and, although I learnt a huge amount over the two days, there were a few issues that

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