Publications

Further information on publications and books that we produce and contribute to are available here.

  • Submission: Ofgem Call for Evidence on future electricity system operator arrangements

    March 10, 2017

    Submission: Ofgem Call for Evidence on future electricity system operator arrangements

    Ofgem call for Evidence on Future arrangements for the electricity system operator: its role and structure  Submission from Matthew Lockwood and Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is pleased to respond to Ofgem’s Call for Evidence (CfE) on Future arrangements for the electricity system operator. Issues of innovation and governance within energy systems form a major focus for EPG research, and in particular the four-year RCUK funded project Innovation and Governance for a Secure and Sustainable Economy (IGov, 2012-2016), which has now

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  • Book Chapter: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy

    March 3, 2017

    Book Chapter: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy

    Book Chapter: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy New book chapter from Caroline Kuzemko and Amelia Hadfield: Defining and Projecting EU Energy Policy pp 21-50 in Jakub M. Godzimirski (editor) EU Leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance – Global and Local Challenges and Responses, published by Palgrave Macmillian. For more information visit the Palgrave wesbite Published Oct 2015 This edited collection focuses on the impact of the changing global distribution of power on the EU’s energy policy and ability to project its approach to energy-related issues abroad. It maps the EU’s changing position on global energy, the impact of various

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  • Book Chapter: The Great British Energy Transition?

    March 3, 2017

    Book Chapter: The Great British Energy Transition?

    New book chapter from Caroline Kuzemko: Chpt 15. The Great British Energy Transition? in Looney, Robert E (Editor) Handbook of Transitions to Energy and Climate Security, published by Routledge. For more information visit the Routledge website. An original contribution to our understanding of a phenomenon that is reshaping the world, this title thoroughly discusses the transformation of the energy security policy arena brought on by two dramatic developments – the increased potential availability of energy in many parts of the world on the supply side, and on the demand side increasing concerns over the harmful

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  • Paper: Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity

    March 3, 2017

    Paper: Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity

    Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity By: Caroline Kuzemko Published in: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations Vol 18, Issue 1, 2016 Available online: 16th April 2016 Research Highlights and Abstract Provides new insights into depoliticisation literatures by applying depoliticisation beyond economic and monetary policy to energy and climate change policy. Demonstrates ways in which forms of depoliticisation can affect political capacity to respond to new policy challenges. Challenges climate change and energy transition literatures by explaining how and why UK energy policy institutions have constrained innovation and sustainable change.   Depoliticisation,

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  • Paper: Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of renewable energy policy in EU member state

    March 3, 2017

    Paper: Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of renewable energy policy in EU member state

    Forward to Special Issue on Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of renewable energy policy in EU member states By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: Journal of Energy & Environment Available online: 13th April 2016 The forward can be accessed via: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0958305X16638221 (paywall)

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  • Paper: Historical institutionalism and the politics of sustainable energy transitions

    March 2, 2017

    Paper: Historical institutionalism and the politics of sustainable energy transitions

    Historical institutionalism and the politics of sustainable energy transitions: A research agenda By: Matthew Lockwood, Caroline Kuzemko, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett Published in: Environmental and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2017,  Vol 35(2) 312-333 Available online: 22 July 2016, in print March 2017 Abstract Improving the understanding of the politics of sustainable energy transitions has become a major focus for research. This paper builds on recent interest in institutionalist approaches to consider in some depth the agenda arising from a historical institutionalist perspective on such transitions. It is argued that historical institutionalism is a valuable

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  • Submission: National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

    February 13, 2017

    Submission: National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

    National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Matthew Lockwood   Summary This submission argues that GB is trapped in an infrastructure which is not fit for purpose. GB is not going to be able to transform to a fit for purpose infrastructure system unless those who pay for it also support it. The infrastructure changes which occur have to be those which GB people want, and value in their everyday lives. This is a move to an energy efficient Britain – whether this is buildings, the energy system, the transport system

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  • Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence

    January 19, 2017

    Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence

    BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – A call for evidence Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Bridget Woodman, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is very pleased to input to the BEIS / Ofgem Call for Evidence (CfE) on a Smart, Flexible Energy System. The EPG undertakes many research projects related to innovation and governance within energy systems to increase flexibility and smartness1. We have had one particular project called Innovation and Governance for a Secure and Sustainable Economy (IGov, 2012-2016). This has now

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  • Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    November 28, 2016

    Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability: An institutional framework By: Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood, Richard Hoggett and Caroline Kuzemko Published in: online 28th Nov, produced for IGov conference: Energy Governance: New ideas, new institutions, new people – 6th December, London. Overview: Introduction: the challenge of transformation of the energy system Governing for Innovation The existing institutional landscape (and why it needs to change)? Principles for institutional reform An option for institutional change Final Comments   Download the paper here: Governing for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

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  • Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    November 23, 2016

    Paper: GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability

    GB Energy Governance for Innovation, Sustainability and Affordability: An institutional framework By: Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood and Richard Hoggett Published in: Paper for Center For Design, Innovation, and Sustainable Transition, Aalborg University, 23rd November 2016 Available online: 23rd November 2016 Introduction: The energy system in Britain, like others around the world, is undergoing fundamental and rapid change due to a wide range of different drivers, from technology through to social, environmental and businesses preferences and innovations (Mitchell 2016). The drive to decarbonise electricity over the last 30-40 years has led to a significant rise in renewable generation,

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