• Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia

    February 18, 2019

    Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia

    IGov Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia Context Australia is an example of where the ‘future’ energy system is already happening. This has been driven by a number of factors, which could happen to any country. System transformation is happening at such a rapid pace that the traditional institutional practices have been unable to keep- up with change, causing issues for both the technical and social aspects of transformation. This includes action by the Government and Regulator, with a clear lag between system change and its governance – an issue that is not

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  • New Thinking: GB Policy Conservatism – we are in the vicious policy cycle phase

    February 15, 2019

    New Thinking: GB Policy Conservatism – we are in the vicious policy cycle phase

    GB Policy Conservatism – we are in the vicious policy cycle phase Catherine Mitchell – IGov Team, 15th February 2019 Anyone who has read anything that IGov has produced over the last 6 years knows that we argue that GB energy governance, of which energy policy is one part, is not fit for purpose. And on this day of striking schoolchildren and students, it increasingly seems to me that it is not just our infrastructure, regulation, policy and markets which are unfit for purpose but the really big problem is that Britain does not seem

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  • Primer – DSPs and valuing DER

    February 11, 2019

    Primer – DSPs and valuing DER

    IGov Primer – Distribution Service Providers and valuing Distributed Energy Resources Distribution Service Providers (DSPs) The traditional three roles of utilities for planning, operations and market administration are being challenged by developments in technology, public policy goals, user preferences and business models. This raises questions over the future of the traditional distribution utility model in terms of: which of the three roles. Is it still valid that it should still have responsibility for the three roles; are there new functions (for example, local market coordination and balancing) which some distribution entity needs to take on

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  • 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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  • Presentation: Energy Code Review Workshop

    February 5, 2019

    Presentation: Energy Code Review Workshop

    BEIS / Ofgem –  Energy Code Review Workshop From: Prof Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: BEIS/Ofgem Energy Code Review Workshop, London, 4th Feb 2018 Summary Problems with current code process Complexity and fragmentation Structural dominance by incumbents Difficulties in coping with major change Codes and innovation Balance of effects of self-authored regulation Code reform agenda Codes in wider governance landscape   Download the presentation: CM BEIS Ofgem Energy Code Review Panel 4-2-

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  • Primer – Fit for Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework

    February 4, 2019

    Primer – Fit for Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework

    IGov Primer – Fit for Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework Context IGov has argued that governance (policies, institutions, rules and incentives of markets and networks, regulations such as codes, retail policy) could play a central role in transforming the current centralised, carbonised energy system into a decarbonised, flexible, equitable and secure energy system able to meet our greenhouse gas reductions. IGov has shown how the current governance framework within GB is not-fit-for-purpose for enabling this to happen; has argued why this is the case; and has put forward our own ideas for creating a governance framework

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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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  • Presentation: Local Energy Governance

    January 31, 2019

    Presentation: Local Energy Governance

    Local Energy Governance From: Jess Britton Presentation to: Local governance & energy system change IGov roundtable, Energy Systems Catapult, Birmingham, 28th November 2018 Summary Context and introduction Increasing focus on ‘local energy’ More than just an economic opportunity Next 2 to 4 years a key period? Governing local energy systems   This presentation can be found here: Britton_Local energy governance IGov

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  • Primer – Energy Codes and Licenses

    January 28, 2019

    Primer – Energy Codes and Licenses

    IGov Primer – Energy Industry Codes and Licenses Context IGov has consistently argued that the codes and licences that govern the energy system in GB need to change in order to better enable a low carbon transformation. Our thinking and research has included blogs, consultation submissions, a roundtable event, a number of papers and case studies. Our take away message is that self-regulation of Codes should cease and should be replaced by a Code Manager. Detailed information on all out outputs in chronological order are below. For a detailed overview of energy industry codes, the issues

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  • New Thinking: Simplifying energy governance to help the UK’s path to zero-carbon

    January 25, 2019

    New Thinking: Simplifying energy governance to help the UK’s path to zero-carbon

    Simplifying energy governance to help the UK’s path to zero-carbon  Rebecca Willis, IGov Team, 25th January 2019   The UK’s Climate Change Act sets an admirably simple, legally-binding framework for carbon reduction. The targets are clear. Yet the means to achieve them are opaque. As the government considers strengthening the UK’s targets, and moving toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the IGov project has offered evidence to the Committee on Climate Change on governance of the energy system. Pointing out the multiple, confusing institutions, policies and timeframes that characterise energy governance, IGov argue that

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