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  • New Thinking: Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC

    July 29, 2016

    New Thinking: Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC

    Giving control back to the people – why the Government should ditch HPC Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2016  EDF has just given the go-ahead to investment in Hinkley Point C (HPC, a new build nuclear power plant). However, the GB Government has announced that it is going to ‘think carefully’ and will announce its decision in the Autumn. This is a good decision for multiple reasons (see past blogs, here, here and here). In her inaugural speech, our new Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘’We will do everything we can to give you

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  • New Thinking: Progressive Regulation – What Future For Ofgem?

    October 26, 2015

    New Thinking: Progressive Regulation – What Future For Ofgem?

    Progressive Regulation – What Future For OFGEM?  Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 26th October 2015 Dermot Nolan, the CEO of Ofgem,  when talking to the recent  2015 Annual Energy UK conference, set out a progressive energy vision for the future. It was a broad-ranging overview exploring the issues which the Regulator finds himself having to deal with. Importantly though, he also illuminated just how much we are all in this together.  Long term solutions for a legitimate, sustainable energy system have to be bought into by all stakeholders. His final comment was: ‘I invite all of

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  • Progressive Energy Policy Pivots

    April 27, 2015

    Progressive Energy Policy Pivots

    Write an Energy Policy Pivot – halfway between a book and a journal article – a short book! Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 27th April 2015 The Energy Policy Group is the home of the new series of Palgrave Pivots on Progressive Energy Policy. Pivots are 25,000 to 50,000 words in length and can be single or multi-authored. In brief we are seeking pivots that are: important to understanding the role of energy policy within processes of sustainable and equitable energy transitions. pivotal in nature, i.e. pivots should seek to be visionary, challenging conventional wisdom and/or

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  • New Thinking Blog: Energy Oversight Needed

    January 8, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Energy Oversight Needed

    Prof. Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team – 8th January 2013. The Energy Bill has finally been published and will now go through a scrutiny process. We can hope that various changes will be incorporated. Unless changes are made, we the British public wil be stuck with an Act which does not fundamentally reform the electricity market as it set out to do. Its critics argue that its central component of getting nuclear power off the ground is unlikely to be successful beyond 1-3 power plants – too few to make a dent in the carbon emission reduction

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  • Presentation: Governing Energy in a Changing World

    December 17, 2012

    Presentation: Governing Energy in a Changing World

    Presentation: Governing Energy in a Changing World From: Dr Caroline Kuzemko, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter To: ESMW Final Conference, 12 Dec 2012, London DOWNLOAD Governing Energy in A Changing World

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