Publications

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

  • 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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  • Paper: Innovation and the governance of energy industry codes

    September 26, 2016

    Paper: Innovation and the governance of energy industry codes

    Innovation and the governance of energy industry codes By: Matthew Lockwood, Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, and Caroline Kuzemko Published in: Conference Paper for BIEE 2016, Innovation and Disruption – the energy sector in transition. Oxford 21-22nd Sept. Available online: 26th Sept 2016 Abstract: Energy industry codes set the rules for a large range of practices in gas and electricity networks and markets. They are Energy industry codes set the rules for a large range of practices in gas and electricity networks and markets. They are a key but often overlooked element in the governance of energy. Crucially, for

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  • Paper: Governing for Innovation Without Disruption in Energy Systems

    September 21, 2016

    Paper: Governing for Innovation Without Disruption in Energy Systems

    Governing for Innovation Without Disruption in Energy Systems By: Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood, Richard Hoggett, and Caroline Kuzemko Published in: Conference Paper for BIEE 2016, Innovation and Disruption – the energy sector in transition. Oxford 21-22nd Sept. Available online: 21st Sept 2016 Introduction – the challenge of transformation of the energy system 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. The drive to decarbonise electricity over the last 30-40 years has led

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  • Paper: The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support

    August 22, 2016

    Paper: The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support

    The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support: Effects and significance By: Matthew Lockwood Published in: Energy Policy (2016 – 97:193-201) Available online: July 2016 Abstract There is a long-standing debate over price vs. quantity approaches to supporting the deployment of renewable electricity technologies. In the context of a recent shift from quantity to price-based support, the UK has also introduced a new form of budgetary framework, the Levy Control Framework (LCF). The introduction of the LCF has been very important for investors but has received relatively little attention in the academic literature. The paper

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  • Submission: NIC – National Infrastructure Assessment, Process & Methodology

    August 11, 2016

    Submission: NIC – National Infrastructure Assessment, Process & Methodology

    National Infrastructure Commission: The National Infrastructure Assessment, Process and Methodology Catherine Mitchell and Matthew Lockwood, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group (EPG) is very pleased to submit to the Consultation on the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) – Process and Methodology. The EPG submitted evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Inquiry into Electricity Interconnection and Storage, which subsequently led to the very good NIC Report on Smart Power. The EPG has a project: Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable Economy (IGov). This has a small team working on

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  • Paper: Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables

    February 2, 2016

    Paper: Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables

    Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: Nature Energy 1, Article number: 15030 (2016), doi:10.1038/nenergy.2015.30 Available online: 1st February 2016 Abstract Total global energy use is rising, and remains based on fossil fuels. Yet, the challenge of climate change requires a deep decarbonization of our energy system. Here I argue that the global energy policy discourse is moving rapidly towards one of renewable, energy-efficient and flexible electricity systems. This is primarily because of a rapid take-up within a few countries of variable renewable electricity sources over the past

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  • Submission: National Infrastructure Commission call for Evidence

    January 21, 2016

    Submission: National Infrastructure Commission call for Evidence

    National Infrastructure Commission call for Evidence Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary   We, the Energy Policy Group of the University of Exeter, welcome the NIC’s investigation. We argue that the fundamental problem for GB energy infrastructure and the balancing of supply and demand within markets is that the current GB governance system is not fit for purpose. IGov, a project within the EPG, has put forward an alternative governance framework (as shown in Figure 1, 2 and 3). We believe if this governance framework were put in place, competition between the

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  • Paper: Governing for sustainable energy system change

    January 4, 2016

    Paper: Governing for sustainable energy system change

    Governing for sustainable energy system change: Politics, contexts and contingency By: Caroline Kuzemko, Matthew Lockwood, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett Published in: Energy Research & Social Science, Vol 12, Feb 2016, pp: 96–105 doi:10.1016/j.erss.2015.12.022 Available online: 31 December 2015 Abstract This paper offers a new, interdisciplinary framework for the analysis of governing for sustainable energy system change by drawing together insights from, and offering critiques of, socio-technical transitions and new institutionalist concepts of change. Institutions of all kinds, including rules and norms within political and energy systems, tend to have path-dependent qualities that make them difficult to change, whereas

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