Publications

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

  • Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    October 10, 2018

    Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    Ofgem Consultation: Getting more out of our electricity networks through reforming access and forward-looking charging arrangements Rachel Bray and Catherine Mitchell Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Running the energy system costs society and the customer a certain total amount every year. That sum of that cost is currently derived in a particular way – transmission costs, distribution costs, including charging costs, wholesale market costs etc – and via a certain methodology and regulatory mechanism and then paid for via customer bills before finally being reimbursed to different parts of the energy system by suppliers

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  • Submission: BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme

    October 5, 2018

    Submission: BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme

    BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Rachel Bray Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary The University of Exeter Energy Policy Group (EPG) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the closure of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme. We do not support the closure of the FiT scheme. We have 6 main concerns: 1) The small scale FiT has been a way for communities, small companies and housholders to become involved in the transformation from the ‘dirty’ to the ‘clean’ energy system. Delivering the Committee of Climate Change greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions

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  • Submission: RIIO2 Framework Consultation

    May 3, 2018

    Submission: RIIO2 Framework Consultation

    Ofgem RIIO-2 Framework Consultation Submission from Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Lowes Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   1. Summary The University of Exeter Energy Policy Group (EPG) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the RIIO-2 Framework. With this consultation, we feel that Ofgem has missed an opportunity to make the changes to RIIO2, and the wider, matching governance changes that we recommended in our response to the Open Letter[1].  Overall, we still feel that the proposed RIIO2 regulatory mechanism, as set out in the consultation, is still fundamentally flawed and ill-suited to

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  • Submission: BEIS Call for Evidence on the Helm Review

    January 10, 2018

    Submission: BEIS Call for Evidence on the Helm Review

    Submission by the Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter to the BEIS Call for Evidence on the Helm Review. Catherine Mitchell, Helen Poulter, Matthew Lockwood, Bridget Woodman, Rachel Bray, Richard Lowes, Jess Britton and Richard Hoggett. January 2018   Summary The table below sets out the issues that the EPG agrees with in the Helm Review, and the issues we do not agree with. On some issues, we semi-agree with Helm.  In these cases, we tend to agree with the problem but not with his solution.   ISSUE DO NOT AGREE

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  • Submission: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

    November 30, 2017

    Submission: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

    Written submission from the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry on Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill. Submission from Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Price caps are complex, and the issue has become very political in GB. In principle, we do not like the idea of price caps. However, we accept that given the political nature of the discussion that a temporary, absolute price cap should be set by Ofgem for prepayment meter customers and those on the

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  • Submission: Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document

    October 17, 2017

    Submission: Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document

    Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document Submission from Rachel Bray, Helen Poulter, Richard Hoggett, Catherine Mitchell & Bridget Woodman: Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter welcomed the chance to comment on WPD’s DSO Transition programme and applauds WPD for the efforts made in recognising that transformation is essential to ensure that the network can meet the future energy demands of all of WPD’s customers. IGov is a project undertaken by the EPG. It takes the view that institutional and regulatory change is required to enable

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  • Working Paper: The development of the Capacity Market for electricity in Great Britain

    October 9, 2017

    Working Paper: The development of the Capacity Market for electricity in Great Britain

    The development of the Capacity Market for electricity in Great Britain Matthew Lockwood EPG Working Paper: 1702 Abstract: A Capacity Market (CM) for electricity was introduced in Great Britain in the early 2010s, with the first auctions being held in 2014. The CM has been controversial in its design and effects. In particular it has been seen as benefitting existing, often high-carbon, capacity and large incumbent generators, rather than new entrants and technologies, such as demand side response. More broadly, it is seen by some as working against, rather than for, the development of a low-carbon

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  • Submission: Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework

    September 29, 2017

    Submission: Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework

    Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework Submission from Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter 1. Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter welcomes the chance to review the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework. The Open Letter (OL) is part of a group of related documents published on 4 August 2017: the Ofgem Strategy for Regulating the Future Energy System; a joint BEIS / Ofgem plan for a smart, flexible power system with the Government (which resulted from the January

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  • Submission: Ofgem Electricity Settlement Reform SCR launch statement

    September 9, 2017

    Submission: Ofgem Electricity Settlement Reform SCR launch statement

    Submission by the Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter to Ofgem Electricity Settlement Reform SCR launch statement. Catherine Mitchell Sept 2017   To Whom it may Concern, I have just realised that I have missed the 1 September 2017 deadline to provide feedback on the electricity settlement reform (ESR) SCR options. If it is at all possible I would like my below feedback to be included in your assessment. I agree there is a need for electricity settlement reform. I support Option 3 – that Ofgem leads an end to end

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  • Paper: The governance of industry rules and energy system innovation

    July 3, 2017

    Paper: The governance of industry rules and energy system innovation

    The governance of industry rules and energy system innovation: The case of codes in Great Britain By: Matthew Lockwood, Catherine Mitchell,  Richard Hoggett, and Caroline Kuzemko Published in: Utilities Policy (online June 2017) Highlights Detailed energy industry rules are crucial to realising policy goals, but typically overlooked. Governance arrangements determine ease of rule change for policy goals. Delegation is a widespread institutional design principle but has risks of capture and inertia. The case of code governance in Britain gives a demonstration of these risks. A reform agenda is outlined and wider lessons drawn out.  

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