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.

  • New Thinking: Open Banking – Open Energy

    August 2, 2017

    New Thinking: Open Banking – Open Energy

    Open Banking: Open Energy – a way forward for opening up energy data and innovation? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 2nd August 2017 This past week has seen the welcome release of the BEIS / Ofgem Upgrading Our Energy System – Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan. Moving to a vibrant, flexible, efficient energy system will require a far deeper, more granular knowledge about GB energy flows. Conventional energy companies – some of which currently have access to data, for example, network companies and suppliers – are trying to work out how they can use ‘their’ data to

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  • New Thinking: A new development in code governance

    July 26, 2017

    New Thinking: A new development in code governance

    Rebellion from below? A new development in code governance Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 26 July 2017 One important element of IGov’s research has been on the governance of the industry codes and regulations that set the detailed commercial and technical rules for the gas and electricity systems in Britain. We have argued that the codes governance arrangements are prone to capture by the large incumbent vertically-integrated generator-supplier companies, as well as the large monopoly network companies, leading not only to the detriment of consumers but also to the slowing of a sustainable energy transition. Our most

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  • New thinking: Ofgem has to be reformed if GB is to meet its energy policy goals

    June 28, 2017

    New thinking: Ofgem has to be reformed if GB is to meet its energy policy goals

    Ofgem has to be reformed if GB is to meet its energy policy goals Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 28th June 2017 Ofgem has announced its decision on how to pay for embedded generation, which is to accept its March ‘minded to’ decision. This is the latest stage in what is known as the embedded generation saga – explained here and here. IGov deplores this latest Ofgem decision. As IGov has argued before, we think that Ofgem should not take this narrow decision about embedded benefits now but wait until a clear decision on the institutional needs

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  • 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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