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: 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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  • Postcard from Australia: Adelaide

    March 19, 2018

    Postcard from Australia: Adelaide

    Postcard from Adelaide Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 19th March 2018 On March 17th, South Australia (SA) will go to the polls to elect their state government and energy is dominating the campaign. Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. SA has the highest adoption rates of large-scale renewables and domestic DER of any of the states of the National Electricity Market (NEM). In the case of DER the State has the highest percentage penetration rates in the world with 31% of households having PV installed. As a result, SA is currently experiencing problems associated with

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  • Postcard from Australia: Melbourne

    March 2, 2018

    Postcard from Australia: Melbourne

    Postcard from Melbourne Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 2nd March 2018 One issue that is being spoken about repeatedly here is how the governance structure of the National Electricity Market (NEM) of the Eastern States of Australia is slowing electricity system transformation. Melbourne is the capital city of the State of Victoria. Victoria is different from the other States in the NEM because for a number of reasons it is able to make quicker governance changes. It is this inability of all the other Australian states to move quickly within the NEM which may see the current mass

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  • Postcard from Australia: Canberra

    February 12, 2018

    Postcard from Australia: Canberra

    Postcard from Canberra Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 12th February 2018 Last week I reported that the uptake of solar PV and storage was not completely due to the economic benefits that it can produce, but also to the idea of owning new technology. This idea – that Australians embrace new technology – was confirmed again this week, and although the FiT rate initially offered was extremely generous, it was also this willingness to try something new that led to the world-leading percentage of household ownership. Being in Canberra there has to be a political angle. When

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  • Postcard from Australia: Sydney

    February 5, 2018

    Postcard from Australia: Sydney

    Postcard from Sydney Helen Poulter, IGov Team, 5th February 2018   This postcard from Australia, is the first of a series which is being undertaken during Phase 1 of research for my PhD looking at the role that adaptive governance will play in enabling energy system transformation. At the end of my stay, I will provide an overview postcard of energy in Australia. In between then and now, I will send postcards from different States and will also provide a comparison between the States in future postcards. This initial postcard is written after being in Sydney

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