Publications

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

  • Submission to CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement

    April 27, 2015

    Submission to CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement

    Comments on the CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement Catherine Mitchell, Bridget Woodman, Caroline Kuzemko and Richard Hoggett, Energy Policy Group (EPG), University of Exeter   Summary 1. We, the EPG, are very pleased that the CMA investigation is taking place because it is has encouraged a much wider debate about the future of the GB energy system. Whilst, in fact, the EPG does not agree with most of what the CMA appears to have concluded so far, the process has been very beneficial, particularly with the uploading of the various working papers

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  • Article: Getting our act together

    April 24, 2015

    Article: Getting our act together

    Getting our act together By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: The House, 17th April 2015 The energy policy decisions facing the next Government require a dual determination to do the right thing for British society interests (as opposed to the interests of a few big companies, and their supply chains) and the strength of purpose to make fundamental changes to the institutional framework of the GB energy system, which is currently not fit for purpose. The Tory / Lib Dem coalition has overseen a new Energy Act which has made matters worse: it is leading to a

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  • Book Chapter: The Political Dynamics of Green Transformations: Feedback Effects and Institutional Context

    February 6, 2015

    Book Chapter: The Political Dynamics of Green Transformations: Feedback Effects and Institutional Context

    Matthew Lockwood The Political Dynamics of Green Transformations: Feedback Effects and Institutional Context  in I. Scoones, M. Leach and P. Newell (eds.) The Politics of Green Transformations. Published by Routledge, January 2015. For more information visit the Routledge website. Multiple ‘green transformations’ are required if humanity is to live sustainably on planet Earth. Recalling past transformations, this book examines what makes the current challenge different, and especially urgent. It examines how green transformations must take place in the context of the particular moments of capitalist development, and in relation to particular alliances. The role of

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  • Paper: Measuring and explaining policy paradigm change – the case of UK energy policy

    November 3, 2014

    Paper: Measuring and explaining policy paradigm change – the case of UK energy policy

    Caroline Kuzemko, discusses her article Measuring and explaining policy paradigm change: the case of UK energy policy written with Florian Kern and Catherine Mitchell, which is published in the latest edition of Policy & Politics. Across the social sciences a great many scholars are engaged in trying to understand policy and institutional change – not least within political science. One reason for mounting interest in change has been the growing awareness of anthropogenic climate change, of continued growth in global emissions and of what kinds of (varied) implications this might have for societies around the world.  Energy has received a

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  • Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    October 20, 2014

    Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    University of Exeter Energy Policy Group submission to DECC consultation URN 14S/271: Strategy and Policy Statement: a consultation on the draft statement Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS). This comment is set out in the following way: an introduction to our view; responses to your three questions; and a conclusory section of our view what a SPS should include. Introduction A key criticism of the Draft SPS is that it does not clarify how the Government wishes to prioritise its goals, or how the trade-offs between them

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  • Paper: Governance and disruptive energy system change

    September 30, 2014

    Paper: Governance and disruptive energy system change

    Governance and disruptive energy system change By: Catherine Mitchell, Antony Froggatt and Richard Hoggett Abstract:  This paper explores the biases towards the conventional energy system currently in place in GB; it looks at potentially destabilising factors at work in the GB energy system; it looks at disruptive influences at work in the wider energy system; and it asks whether those wider factors are sufficient to force change in the GB energy system. Type: Draft Conference paper, delivered to  International Workshop on Incumbent – Challenger Interactions in Energy Transitions, September 22-23, University of Stuttgart, Germany Download Paper: Stuttgart conf paper &#

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  • Paper: Environmental politics in a cold climate

    August 18, 2014

    Paper: Environmental politics in a cold climate

    Environmental politics in a cold climate By: Matthew Lockwood Published in: Juncture 21.1 (89-96): Summer 2014 Introduction Ten years ago, in early 2004, the chief scientist David King went on the record as saying that climate change was a far greater threat than international terrorism. That spring Tony Blair said that ‘there is no bigger long-term question facing the global community’, and pledged to make tackling climate change a priority for the 2005 G8 meeting, which the UK was hosting. Over the next five years, environmental issues (most obviously climate change) climbed the political agenda, with a surge in media coverage

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  • Submission to CMA energy market investigation

    August 18, 2014

    Submission to CMA energy market investigation

    University of Exeter Energy Policy Group response to the CMA Energy Market Investigation Statement of Issues 1. Introduction  The EPG welcomes this CMA investigation. The Statement of Issues (henceforth the Statement) states that the investigation (para 2) ‘is required to determine whether any feature or combination of features of each relevant market prevents, restricts or distorts competition in connection with the supply or acquisition of any goods or services in the UK or part of the UK’. The Statement sets out its initial theories of what might be adversely affecting competition and what those adverse

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  • Submission to ECCC call for evidence on electricity demand-side measures

    July 18, 2014

    Submission to ECCC call for evidence on electricity demand-side measures

    University of Exeter Energy Policy Group response to ECCC call for evidence on electricity demand-side measures Submitted by (alphabetically): Richard Hoggett, Matthew Lockwood, Catherine Mitchell and Tom Steward – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter. 9th July 2014 We welcome the opportunity to submit evidence to the inquiry. As the inquiry particulars set out, reduction in demand can be temporary (known as demand-side response (DSR)) or permanent (known as electricity demand reduction (EDR). We use this nomenclature throughout this response. We have primarily directed our responses to three main questions set out in the terms of reference. Overall, our view is that the

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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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