• Presentation: International comparisons of governance & innovation

    August 26, 2015

    Presentation: International comparisons of governance & innovation

    International comparisons of governance and innovations for transformation in electricity systems From: Catherine Mitchell To: MBA at European School of Management and Technology ESMT, Berlin, 24-08-15 Outline Governance and Innovation What is Governance? Fundamental Issues of Governance Phase 1 versus Phase 2 countries of transformation Great Britain NYC Reforming the Energy Vision New Revenue Model Hawaii   Download presentation: International Comparisons of Governance & Innovation

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  • News: Progressive Energy Policy Series

    August 24, 2015

    News: Progressive Energy Policy Series

    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 arguing for new and innovative ways of understanding and engaging with energy policy. theoretically informed but firmly evidence-based seeking to link theory and policy to

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  • US Blog: The US Clean Power Plan 2015

    August 24, 2015

    US Blog: The US Clean Power Plan 2015

    US Blog: The US Clean Power Plan 2015 – an explanation Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 24th August 2015 Overview The US Clean Power Plan (CPP) was announced at the beginning of August 2015, and follows on from the Presidents Climate Action Plan of 2013. The first stage of the CPP was announced in 2014 and the final CPP is very different from that proposed a year ago. The CPP has come into being via the EPA, and their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via air quality legislation (The Clean Air Act, 111d). The EPA has

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  • Paper: Capacity Demand Pricing Mechanism – Bringing Clarity out of Ambiguity

    August 24, 2015

    Paper: Capacity Demand Pricing Mechanism – Bringing Clarity out of Ambiguity

    Issues in Market Design The EU recently published its EU Market Design Consultation. Overall, it is a good document but it has little information and about the details of electricity markets. It is important that a vigorous debate occurs. In that light, we are pleased to post this short think piece by Mike Hogan. Download: Capacity Demand Pricing Mechanism

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  • New Thinking: NY Reforming the Energy Vision – an update

    August 19, 2015

    New Thinking: NY Reforming the Energy Vision – an update

    NY Reforming the Energy Vision – an update  Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 19th August 2015 The USA is a very interesting place for energy at the moment. Last year, IGov produced a series of blogs on the USA called Lessons from America. One of those was about the New York Reforming the Energy Vision – arguably the most progressive thing happening in energy policy in the US at the moment. This blog is an update on that first blog about NY – and a detailed working paper about its substance will be published in November

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  • No Resource is 100% Reliable: Embracing change and capturing opportunities of the ‘new’ energy system requires a new mind set

    August 5, 2015

    No Resource is 100% Reliable: Embracing change and capturing opportunities of the ‘new’ energy system requires a new mind set

    Embracing change and capturing opportunities of the ‘new’ energy system requires a new mind set  This is the Wrap-Up to No Resource is 100% Reliable Series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 5th August 2015   The intention of this series is: to provide the building blocks of an alternative no-regrets energy policy to the recent retrograde environmental actions of GB Government to highlight that no resource, whether coal, gas, nuclear, interconnectors and so on, is 100% reliable and so balancing an energy system with 5%, 30% or 100% renewables is the same process as managing any other

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: A realistic ‘what if’ model

    August 3, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: A realistic ‘what if’ model

    A realistic ‘what if’ model  This is the fifth blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 3rd August 2015 No resource is 100% reliable: a realistic ‘what if’ model This blog series has argued that GB does not currently have a credible energy policy, and that because of this a sensible response is to investigate a no-regrets energy policy based on the global realities of increasing RE investment, changing energy system costs and operation, and the difficulties of nuclear and CCS. Part of that no-regret policy is to better understand the

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: a 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days

    July 31, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: a 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days

    A 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days  This is the fourth blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 31st July 2015 GB is not doing well in terms of RE deployment compared to many other European countries. In 2013, the overall percentage of electricity derived from renewable sources (international basis) was 14.9% and renewable energy as a percentage of primary energy demand was 5.2% (EC target is 15% in 2020). Electricity generation from renewable resources reached 53.7 TWh in 2013. According to (an old)

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: US polar vortex and energy

    July 30, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: US polar vortex and energy

    US polar vortex and energy This is the third blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 30th July 2015 The USA suffered some of its coldest weather ever over a few months as a result of the polar vortex in early 2014. PJM, the nation’s largest grid operator with nearly 190,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation across 13 states in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, set 8 of its top 10 winter peak records in its history, and called the weather extreme a 1-in-10 event. MISO, the nation’s second largest grid

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: The Belgian nuclear winter

    July 29, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: The Belgian nuclear winter

    The Belgian nuclear winter This is the second blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2015 Belgium had a worrying 2014-2015 winter – known as the Belgian Nuclear Winter when 3 nuclear power plants were shut down. What lessons should we learn from that event? The key lesson to learn is that no energy system is 100% reliable. All resources (nuclear, coal, gas, renewables, hydro, demand response, storage, interconnectors) have a certain likelihood of not being entirely available or available at all on any given day. So

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