Publications

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  • Paper: Achieving energy transitions – Which RES policies are best applied when?

    February 18, 2014

    Paper: Achieving energy transitions – Which RES policies are best applied when?

    Achieving energy transitions: Which RES policies are best applied when? Reducing risk and creating an enabling environment By: Lena Kitzing and Catherine Mitchell Submitted to: “ENERGY TRANSITIONS” international conference, UEF Law School, Joensuu, Finland, 3-4 March 2014 Abstract: The transition to a sustainable energy system is desired by many countries around the world. Financial support for the deployment of renewable energy technologies is the choice of policy in most countries. We argue, drawing from transition theory and the multi-level perspective, that an energy transition evolves in two phases: A first phase with a focus on

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  • Paper: Politicising UK Energy: What Speaking Energy Security Can Do

    January 31, 2014

    Paper: Politicising UK Energy: What Speaking Energy Security Can Do

    Politicising UK Energy: What Speaking Energy Security Can Do By: Caroline Kuzemko In: Policy & Politics Abstract: This article explores one set of conditions under which a policy area, energy, became politicised. It also explores the relationship between concepts of ‘speaking security’, which claim that the language of security is politically potent, and notions of (de-) politicisation. It explains that framing energy supply as a security issue influenced an opening up of UK energy, which had been subject to processes of depoliticisation since the early 1980s, to political interest, contestation and deliberation. It is noted that speaking

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  • Paper: Technology scale and supply chains in a secure, affordable and low carbon energy transition

    January 7, 2014

    Paper: Technology scale and supply chains in a secure, affordable and low carbon energy transition

    Technology scale and supply chains in a secure, affordable and low carbon energy transition By: Richard Hoggett In: Applied Energy Abstract: This research explores the relationship between technology scale, energy security and decarbonisation within the UK energy system. There is considerable uncertainty about how best to deliver on these goals for energy policy, but a focus on supply chains and their resilience can provide useful insights into the problems uncertainty causes. Technology scale is central to this, and through an analysis of the supply chains of nuclear power and solar photovoltaics, it is suggested that smaller scale

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  • Presentation & Paper: Smart grid-lock?

    December 2, 2013

    Presentation & Paper: Smart grid-lock?

    Smart grid-lock? The role of ideas, interests and institutions in contestations over the future of electricity networks in Britain From: Matthew Lockwood To: Constructing and contesting spaces for low-carbon energy innovation, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 26-28 November 2013 Introduction: - Contesting and constructing space for innovation in sustainable energy: the case study of the ‘smart grid’ in the UK - Three aims: - Account of contestations over electricity distribution regulation since 2000 - Evaluate how far regulation to date will foster a smart grid - Explore why regime not destabilised given landscape and niche changes - In regulated networks, selection

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  • Paper: Exploring the Politics of Low Carbon Energy Transition

    October 1, 2013

    Paper: Exploring the Politics of Low Carbon Energy Transition

    Exploring the Politics of Low Carbon Energy Transition By: Caroline Kuzemko Presented at: Innovation, technology and regulation – Exploring new modes of energy governance. At 7th ECPR General Conference, Sciences Po, Bordeaux, 4 – 7 September 2013 Introduction Profound structural change is an area of active and current debate within the political sciences.  A variety of different conceptualisations of how and why change as a process occurs have been offered, albeit usually constructed with the benefit of hindsight.  We are currently, however, living within a period of profound crises within, and changes and challenges to,

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  • Paper: System change in a regulatory state paradigm: the “smart” grid in the UK

    October 1, 2013

    Paper: System change in a regulatory state paradigm: the “smart” grid in the UK

    System change in a regulatory state paradigm: the “smart” grid in the UK By: Matthew Lockwood Presented at: Innovation, technology and regulation – Exploring new modes of energy governance. At 7th ECPR General Conference, Sciences Po, Bordeaux, 4 – 7 September 2013 Introduction This paper examines one aspect of the political dynamics of the transition to a more sustainable energy system in the UK. The focus is on ‘smart grids’, which involve innovation in regulated monopoly electricity networks. The smart grids agenda is central to more sustainable electricity systems, as it will be essential for

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  • Article: Paying for climate policy

    September 27, 2013

    Article: Paying for climate policy

    Paying for climate policy: The case for long-term public borrowing By: Matthew Lockwood Published in Juncture 26 Sep 2013 We should ‘borrow’ from future generations to fund measures to mitigate climate change now, argues Matthew Lockwood. Ed Miliband’s dramatic pledge to freeze energy prices at the Labour party conference this year was a simple, and so far popular, move. But underneath it lies a complex dilemma for the left on climate policy. In the mid-2000s, a wave of public concern about climate change led centre-left politicians across Europe to the view that a deeper green agenda could

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  • Book: New Challenges in Energy Security

    September 13, 2013

    Book: New Challenges in Energy Security

    New Challenges in Energy Security – The UK in a Multipolar World Edited by Catherine Mitchell, Jim Watson and Jessica Whiting We are faced with the twin urgent challenges of delivering a low carbon and secure energy system. The last few years have seen Britain moving from being a net exporter to a net importer of energy. The threat of climate change has led to the slow but inexorable inclusion of environmental concerns in mainstream energy policy. Against this backdrop, economic and political power around the globe has altered, creating a complex, multipolar world. Rising

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  • Paper: The Political Sustainability of Climate Policy: The case of the UK

    August 19, 2013

    Paper: The Political Sustainability of Climate Policy: The case of the UK

    The Political Sustainability of Climate Policy: The case of the UK By: Matthew Lockwood In: Global Environmental Change Abstract: This paper assesses the forces working for and against the political sustainability ofthe UK 2008 Climate Change Act. The adoption of the Act is seen as a landmark commitment to action on climate change, but its implementation has not been studied in any depth. Recent events, including disagreements over the fourth carbon budget and the decarbonisation of the electricity sector, shows that while the Act might appear to lock in a commitment to reducing emissions through

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  • Book: The Energy Security-Climate Nexus

    June 20, 2013

    Book: The Energy Security-Climate Nexus

    The Energy Security-Climate Nexus: Institutional Change in the UK and Beyond By Caroline Kuzemko In the advent of important crises of both climate change and energy supply (in)security, questions are being asked about changes in energy governance. Caroline Kuzemko explains how and why change takes place and discusses the convoluted UK energy governance system that has emerged between 2000 and the present day. She applies a complex theoretical approach based on new institutional concepts of policy paradigm change, but which also utilises concepts of (de)politicisation and securitization. UK energy governance, like energy policy elsewhere, is

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