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.

  • Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 6- DSO or DSP – why it is the function rather than the name that really matters

    June 21, 2017

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 6- DSO or DSP – why it is the function rather than the name that really matters

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 6 – DSO or DSP – why it is the function rather than the name that really matters This is the last in a series of six blogs comparing the New York State and Californian energy and regulatory policies Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 21st June 2017 This is the sixth blog in a blog series comparing CA and NYS energy and regulatory policies. The first blog provides an overview of the series, with links. The second blog provides an update of the NYS regulatory process, the NY REV. The third blog

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  • Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 5 – A CA and NYS similarity: mapping DER via a regulated process

    June 20, 2017

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 5 – A CA and NYS similarity: mapping DER via a regulated process

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 5 – A CA and NYS similarity: mapping DER via a regulated process This is the fifth in a series of blogs comparing the New York State and Californian energy and regulatory policies Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 20th June 2017 This is the fifth blog in a blog series comparing CA and NYS energy and regulatory policies. The first blog provides an overview of the series, with links. The second blog provides an update of the NYS regulatory process, the NY REV. The third blog provides an overview of the Californian energy and regulatory process. The fourth blog provides

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  • Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 4 – a comparison of the fundamental regulatory principles

    June 19, 2017

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 4 – a comparison of the fundamental regulatory principles

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 4 – A comparison of the fundamental regulatory principles This is the fourth in a series of blogs comparing the New York State and Californian energy and regulatory policies. Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 19th June 2017 This is the fourth in a blog series comparing NYS and Californian Regulatory Policy. The first blog provides an introduction to the series. The second blog provided an update on the NY Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV). The third provided a brief overview of CA energy and regulatory policy. This blog provides a high level comparison of the 2 systems, drawing

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  • Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 3 – Overview of CA Energy and Regulatory Policy

    June 16, 2017

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 3 – Overview of CA Energy and Regulatory Policy

    Comparing NYS with CA: Blog 3 – Overview of CA Energy and Regulatory Policy This is the third in a series of blogs comparing New York State (NYS) and Californian (CA) regulatory policy. Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 16th June 2017 The first blog provided an overview of the blog series. The second blog provided an update on the NY Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV). This blog provides a (very) brief overview of CA regulatory policy. The fourth blog undertakes a general comparison between CA and NYS regulatory policy. The fifth blog provides a more detailed comparison of the NYS versus CA regulatory

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  • Comparing NY with CA: Blog 2 – Catching Up with the NY REV

    June 15, 2017

    Comparing NY with CA: Blog 2 – Catching Up with the NY REV

    Comparing NY with CA: Blog 2 – Catching Up with the NY REV This is the second in a series of blogs comparing the New York State and Californian energy and regulatory policies. Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 15th June 2017 IGov is uploading a series of blogs over the coming week to compare New York State (NYS) energy governance with Californian (CA) energy governance. The first blog provides an introduction to the series. This 2nd blog is an update of the New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV). IGov has previously written three blogs about

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  • Comparing NYS and CA: Blog 1 – Series Overview

    June 14, 2017

    Comparing NYS and CA: Blog 1 – Series Overview

    Comparing NYS and CA: Blog 1 – Series Overview This is the first in a series of blogs comparing the New York State and Californian energy and regulatory policies Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th June 2017 IGov is uploading a series of blogs over the coming week to compare New York State (NYS) energy governance with Californian (CA) energy governance. This first blog provides an introduction to the series. The 2nd blog is an update of the New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV). IGov has previously written three blogs about the NY REV: 2014,

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  • New thinking: The RIIO EDI Review: Just how successful is RIIO?

    June 6, 2017

    New thinking: The RIIO EDI Review: Just how successful is RIIO?

    The RIIO EDI Review: Just how successful is RIIO? Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 6th June 2017   RIIO stands for Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs and is Ofgem’s regulatory mechanism for the electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses initiated in 2015, following on from the previous RPI-X regulatory control mechanism, in order to facilitate innovation within the electricity and gas networks. The purpose of this blog is to (1) breakdown the monetary incentives in the RIIO regulation mechanism for electricity distribution networks, (2) evaluate the ED1 price control annual review, published in February

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  • New Thinking: The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts – a market which rewards DER

    April 20, 2017

    New Thinking: The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts – a market which rewards DER

    The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts: a market which rewards DER Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 20th April 2017   On the 28th September 2016 storms in northern South Australia, including tornados with wind speeds in the range of 190-260 km/h caused a state-wide blackout.  The update report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and also a recent review by the Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel have recommended that value services for Frequency Controlled Ancillary Service (FCAS) and System Restart Ancillary Services (SRAS) from distributed energy and other storage technologies should be investigated. In addition, on February

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  • Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system

    April 4, 2017

    Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system

    Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 4th April 2017 This is a re-blog of a Blog by Catherine Mitchell which originally appeared in the 3 April 2017 issue of Utility Week: Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system. GB currently has an energy governance framework  – meaning policies, institutions, rules and incentives of markets and networks – which is not fit-for-the-purpose of transforming the current centralised, carbonised energy system into a decarbonised, flexible and secure

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    March 16, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    Reset the reset (3) – Walking the Walk: we need to agree a DER assessment process and a methodology to value DER which fits with a smart and flexible energy system Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 16th March 2017 IGov is arguing that the Government/BEIS should initiate a process to develop a fit-for-purpose GB energy governance framework – analogous to (but not necessarily the same as) the IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework. Other jurisdictions around the world are already well into the process of creating a smart and flexible energy system, inter alia here. The

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