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: Tales of the unexpected

    July 25, 2018

    New Thinking: Tales of the unexpected

    Tales of the unexpected: A policy success story? Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 25th July, 2018 This blog has been written to provide an analysis of how Australia became the world leader in the percentage of households installing small-scale PV (<100kW). It will introduce the initial policies that were put in place at the national and state level which were intended to capture Australia’s solar resource to help reduce the country’s emissions. The blog will discuss other unrelated events happening at the same time which culminated in higher than expected adoption rates. It will also comment on

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  • New Thinking: The Lost Strategy and Policy Statement

    July 18, 2018

    New Thinking: The Lost Strategy and Policy Statement

    The Lost Strategy and Policy Statement: Is Ofgem Really Working to the 2011 Social and Environmental Guidance? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 18th July 2018 The rhetoric of GB Energy Policy is now firmly set on an energy policy path which is ‘smart and flexible’. This is set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Industrial Strategy  and Ofgem’s Smart Systems and Flexible Plan. In August 2017, Ofgem set out their Strategy for Regulating the Future Energy Systems – which is an overview of the issues that energy systems are facing, and their plan for dealing with

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  • New Thinking: Multi-level Coordination and Governance in the Energy Revolution

    June 27, 2018

    New Thinking: Multi-level Coordination and Governance in the Energy Revolution

    Multi-level Coordination and Governance in the Energy Revolution Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, 27th June 2016 Early this week I blogged on local energy, multi-level change, and governance reflecting on some thinking from a recent event from the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum. This second blog builds on these ideas to put forward the clear case for multi-level coordination and governance in the energy revolution. Its reflects some of my thoughts from an event last week at the Energy Systems Catapult on Transforming places through clean growth. In common with many other countries, the

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  • New Thinking: Local energy, multi-level change, and governance

    June 25, 2018

    New Thinking: Local energy, multi-level change, and governance

    New Thinking: Local energy, multi-level change, and governance Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, 25th June 2016 I recently went to a Westminster Energy Environment & Transport Forum on the Next Steps for Localised Energy Projects and Community Energy. These type of events are great for hearing a range of perspectives on how the energy system is changing and getting insights into how different actors are doing different things. It can be easy to forget how much has happened over recent decades and years in terms of generation, transmission and distribution and how things that felt like

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  • New Thinking: More ambition needed for RIIO2 outputs

    June 14, 2018

    New Thinking: More ambition needed for RIIO2 outputs

    More ambition needed for RIIO2 outputs* Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th June 2018 Ofgem is currently consulting on multiple issues: RIIO2, network charging, post-supplier hub model, settlement and metering – and the sum of the decisions made about these consultations will form the basis of regulation for the next 10 years or so. It is therefore important to get these consultations ‘right’ – and from my perspective ‘right ‘ equals putting in place an energy system which removes barriers to delivering, whilst positively encouraging, the move to a smart and flexible energy system which is

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  • New Thinking: Low carbon incentives for network? Yes! But will they work in the current wider governance context?

    May 23, 2018

    New Thinking: Low carbon incentives for network? Yes! But will they work in the current wider governance context?

    Low carbon incentives for network? Yes! But will they work in the current wider governance context? Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 23rd May 2018 Sustainability First have produced an interesting discussion paper proposing a low carbon incentive for inclusion in the next round of regulation for networks (RIIO2). The paper, written by regulatory experts Maxine Frerk (ex-Ofgem), Judith Ward (who is – full disclosure – on the advisory group of IGov2) and Sharon Darcy, argues for the introduction of a specific low carbon incentive that would work in three areas: Low carbon energy sources: incentivising network

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  • New Thinking: Cracking in reactors should break open the debate on future electricity supply

    May 9, 2018

    New Thinking: Cracking in reactors should break open the debate on future electricity supply

    Cracking in reactors should break open the debate on future electricity supply Anthony Froggatt, IGov Team and Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, 9th May 2018 The UK has one of the world’s oldest nuclear commercial fleet. In 2017 nuclear provided 63.9 TWh or 19.3 percent of electricity, down from a maximum of 26.9 percent in 1997. Across the UK 30 reactors have been permanently closed, the 12 first-generation Magnox plants, with 26 reactors, 2 fast reactors, an Advanced Gas-cooling reactor at Windscale and a Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR) at Winfrith. The remaining seven second-generation nuclear stations, each

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  • New Thinking: Will the EV future be diverted by a charging let-down?

    April 26, 2018

    New Thinking: Will the EV future be diverted by a charging let-down?

    Will the EV future be diverted by a charging let-down? Jess Britton, IGov Team, 26th April 2018 Following the Government’s pledge to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in Britain by 2040 a host of support schemes for electric vehicles were announced in the Autumn Statement, including a Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure, and more money to help people buy electric cars. Already 2018 has seen a flurry of announcements from both policymakers and energy companies, including the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announcing

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  • Progress in Energy System Transformation: The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

    April 24, 2018

    Progress in Energy System Transformation:  The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

    Progress in Energy System Transformation:  The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Anthony Froggatt, IGov Team and Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, 24th April 2018 Taking stock of progress in the transformation of the global energy sector is necessary, to assess the pace of technology deployment; the impact that this is having on current systems; and the challenges ahead. The 4th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) does just this, but it was also an occasion to assess the geographical breadth of the transformation.  With BETD representatives from ninety countries, it is clear that there is now

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  • Postcard from Australia – A National Electricity Market Overview

    April 16, 2018

    Postcard from Australia – A National Electricity Market Overview

    Postcard from Australia  A National Electricity Market Overview: decentralisation of electricity is not a future possibility, it is happening now Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 16th April 2018 Over the last few months, I have reported on a number of issues within the National Electricity Market (NEM), the electricity market for the eastern states of Australia, and its governance. These issues have arisen from the world leading levels of DER penetration in some of those States and also the rise of large-scale renewable energy generation within the NEM, particularly in South Australia (SA). What is noticeable is

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