Viewpoints

As part of the IGov 2 research on energy system change we will invite guest blogs from our advisory group and rising stars, as well as repost interested debates from GB and internationally. You can read these viewpoints on these pages.

  • Viewpoint: Rebecca Willis

    July 17, 2018

    Viewpoint: Rebecca Willis

    Building a people-powered energy system Suddenly, it seems, I’m part of the establishment. Last weekend, the Sunday Times business pages announced the “death of the power dinosaurs”, arguing that the very existence of the big energy supply companies is now in doubt. The old model, where consumers simply bought units of electricity and gas and then paid the bill, is on its way out. As the Sunday Times put it, “Centrica is the new Kodak”. Instead, there are now opportunities for people to generate their own renewable heat and power; manage demand through smart meters; trade

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  • Viewpoint: It’s time to spread the benefits of community energy …

    June 18, 2018

    Viewpoint: It’s time to spread the benefits of community energy …

    Local energy schemes: how can we get more of them in low-income areas? Harriet Sansom, Centre for Sustainable Energy, 14th June 2016 It’s time to spread the benefits of community energy … Most community energy projects happen in more affluent areas. This means that the benefits of local energy schemes – a solar installation on a village hall, say, or a collective buying initiative – are less widespread than they ought to be.That’s not to say that there is no community energy activity in low-income neighbourhoods – see below for some great examples. But there could be

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  • Viewpoint: Bad news, buried: Capacity Market de-rating factors for storage

    July 26, 2017

    Viewpoint: Bad news, buried: Capacity Market de-rating factors for storage

    Bad news, buried: Capacity Market de-rating factors for storage Felicity Jones,  Everoze Partners Ltd  &  IGov Advisory Group, 26th July 2017 Whilst everyone was celebrating £246m investment in batteries, BEIS smuggled in a consultation proposing cuts to storage de-rating factors in the UK Capacity Market. Here’s what you need to know. Wasn’t Monday morning fantastic for us battery enthusiasts? Greg Clark promised to establish the UK as a world leader in batteries through launching the £246m Faraday Challenge. And – finally – after 9 long months of silence, BEIS released its action plan to remove barriers to system flexibility

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