• News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    June 24, 2015

    News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP Catherine has just become Chair of the US based Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). RAP works primarily in the US, India, China and Europe.  It is a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. Recent publications that RAP have been heavily involved with, whether as writers or advisors, include the mega introduction to the menu of options open to US States in order to

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  • New Thinking: Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?

    June 18, 2015

    New Thinking: Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?

    Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management? Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 18th June, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko IGov has recently published a new working paper on the rules and incentives governing suppliers operating in GB gas and electricity markets. The paper assesses whether, on balance, energy governance successfully enables greater demand management through innovation. This is achieved by analysing a wide variety of energy policies, rules and regulations, how they structure markets and incentivise and/or deter certain industry practices, and the ways in which they enable and/or constrain demand innovations. Aspects of governance analysed include

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  • Paper: Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain

    June 17, 2015

    Paper: Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain

    Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: The politics of institutional change By: Matthew Lockwood Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Available online 6 June 2015 (open access) Highlights The locus for protective space for innovation in network industries is the regulatory regime. In the case of Britain, the creation of space for RD&D has come through the layering of rules. Such layering can be explained partly through institutional discretion and fixed regulatory rules. RD&D mechanisms faced strong initial opposition from the dominant policy paradigm. The regulator’s framework for network

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  • Presentation: The UK energy system- the challenge of institutional inertia

    June 11, 2015

    Presentation: The UK energy system- the challenge of institutional inertia

    The UK energy system: the challenge of institutional inertia From: Matthew Lockwood To: Solar Trade Association – Does the new government mean business for solar? 8 June 2015, PwC, London Outline What institutions matter for DNOs? RIIO Solar PV Installed Capacity Review mechanisms Codes and standards Code governance issues Explaining inertia What to do?   Download presentation: Lockwood Institutional inertia STA 8 June

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  • New Thinking: Winter is Coming

    June 5, 2015

    New Thinking: Winter is Coming

    Winter is Coming Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 15th June 2015 I have got into the habit of thinking ‘winter is coming’ (ie Game of Thrones) whenever I read my daily energy newsletters or news apps to catch up on energy industry news. For those who have never watched the TV series, Game of Thrones (GOT) is about seven warring Kingdoms of Westeros who should bury their differences in order to overcome the challenge of the White Walkers who are moving inexorably south to Westeros, killing all people in their way, only to raise them up

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  • Working Paper: The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation

    June 1, 2015

    Working Paper: The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation

    The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation Matthew Lockwood EPG Working Paper: 1504 Abstract: Denmark is a global leader in transforming its energy system to a more sustainable model, with high levels of renewable electricity and heat, and high energy efficiency. Its transformation is not slowing; rather the country is now committed to a complete decarbonisation of its energy system by 2050. This paper examines the policy-making process and regulatory framework that has facilitated this system change, focusing in particular on electricity. It gives an overview of the main actors in the sector and

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  • Working Paper: Energy Governance, Suppliers and Demand Side Management

    May 19, 2015

    Working Paper: Energy Governance, Suppliers and Demand Side Management

    Energy Governance, Suppliers and Demand Side Management Caroline Kuzemko EPG Working Paper: 1503 Abstract: This paper examines the policies, regulations, rules and incentives governing gas and electricity suppliers in Great Britain (GB) from the perspective of how far these have served to facilitate or prevent a shift towards a more sustainable energy system. The precise context is the desirability of a fundamental shift in the underlying design of the energy system from the supply to the demand side. This paper focuses just on the governance of gas and electricity suppliers, defined as incumbents or independents,

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  • New Thinking: A new normal

    May 12, 2015

    New Thinking: A new normal

    A new normal Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 12th May 2015 I am definitely not a pioneer when it comes to technology but I was hugely impressed as a first time user of Uber. On an overly ambitious afternoon walk from Greenwich to London Bridge on Sunday, a friend and I found ourselves on a lonely stretch of the Thames Path half an hour before our dinner reservation. My American friend called up her Uber account which said there was an Uber Cab 3 minutes away. Sure enough within 5 minutes we were on our way to

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  • Presentation: The State of the Power Sector in Europe

    May 7, 2015

    Presentation: The State of the Power Sector in Europe

    The State of the Power Sector in Europe From: Catherine Mitchell To: The Future of Utilities – European Workshop, Chatham House, 28 April 2015 Outline What is the current state of the utilities in Europe? Where is there existential threat for incumbents? i.e Where are the changes most visible? And what have the drivers been? What are the consequences for existing energy systems? Electricity utility structures? Institutional frameworks Role of the State Should Change Tension Key Indicators of Change   Download presentation: The State of the Power Sector in Europe More information on the Future of Utilities Workshop 

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  • Presentations: Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiative and the Governance of Energy Transition

    May 5, 2015

    Presentations: Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiative and the Governance of Energy Transition

    Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiative and the Governance of Energy Transition From: Matthew Lockwood To: Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiative and the Governance of Energy Transition, April 22nd, 2015, Bangkok  Overview: Organised by the Energy Research Institute at Chulalongkorn University, the Ministry of Energy and the British Embassy Bangkok, this event was part of a project to help inform strategies for future energy reform in Thailand – the full agenda is available here. As part of the event Matthew Lockwood from the the IGov team gave two presentations to share lessons from our research on renewable policies and governance issues within

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