Publications

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

  • Submission: Ofgem Targeted Charging Review

    February 7, 2019

    Submission: Ofgem Targeted Charging Review

    Submission to Ofgem Targeted charging review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment Prof Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Dr Becky Willis, Jess Britton Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Summary This is a submission to the Targeted Charging Review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment [1] from Catherine Mitchell of the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group and its Innovation and Governance (IGov) project[2]. Ofgem’s Minded To document comes to two preferred options: one related to fixed charges (the preferred outcome), and the other related to some form of capacity charge. Much has been

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  • Report: Changing actor dynamics and emerging value propositions in the UK electricity retail market

    January 31, 2019

    Report: Changing actor dynamics and emerging value propositions in the UK electricity retail market

    Changing actor dynamics and emerging value propositions in the UK electricity retail market Published: January 2019 Recognising the pace and scale of change in consumer offerings in the energy sector the IGov project have updated the review of non-traditional business models (NTBMs) which Ofgem undertook in 2015. This involved mapping the current energy system actors based on a review and classification of domestic and non-domestic business models, particularly in relation to electricity supply (undertaken by Jeffrey Hardy). We then analysed these developments in relation to domestic supply and reviewed potential governance implications (undertaken by Jess

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  • Submission: CCC – Building a zero carbon economy

    January 24, 2019

    Submission: CCC – Building a zero carbon economy

    Building a zero carbon economy – Call for Evidence IGov response to the Committee on Climate Change Dr Rebecca Willis & Professor Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Summary IGov, a project of the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group, examines innovation and governance in the energy system. We focus on the fundamental, rapid energy system change that is happening at the moment, driven by technological, social and environmental factors; and examine the shifts in governance that are required in order to meet crucial goals, including carbon reduction. The evidence offered to

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  • Letter: Wylva nuclear power plant

    January 21, 2019

    Letter: Wylva nuclear power plant

    Scrapping of nuclear plant should see UK renewables filling the void Readers respond to news that Hitachi has pulled out of the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant in Anglesey Letters in the Guardian: Fri 18 Jan 2019  The pulling out of Hitachi from the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant is a good thing for energy policy – not a serious blow as said in the article (Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, 18 January). Nuclear power is now one of the most expensive form of electricity there is. But beyond the economics, it no

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  • 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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