• Global Insight 24: 12th December 2017

    December 12, 2017

    Global Insight 24: 12th December 2017

    Australia The unseen benefits of renewable energy Last week’s Global Insights highlighted the official opening of the Hornsdale Power Reserve – the Tesla Big Battery – in Jamestown, South Australia.  As well as providing reliable, sustainable energy to the district it has also provided other benefits as Neoen, the owners of the Hornsdale wind farm, have shown foresight in how to make renewable energy have a positive impact on a local community. At all stages of the development Neoen worked with local stakeholders. During construction 250 jobs were created over three years which led to

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  • Global Insight 23: 4th December 2017

    December 5, 2017

    Global Insight 23: 4th December 2017

    Australia The Big Battery officially switched on On the 1st December South Australia officially turned on the Hornsdale Power Reserve – the Tesla Big Battery.  The battery, the world’s largest at 100MW/129MWh, was the result of tweets between South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.  Musk had promised to install the battery within 100 days or it would be free.  The battery is connected to the grid next to the 315MW Hornsdale wind farm and proved its worth even before the official switch on.  The battery discharged 70MW into the grid in

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  • Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot

    November 30, 2017

    Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot

    Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot Are there any academics out there who would like to write about energy policies in a broad sense, and the politics behind their development?  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

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  • Submission: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

    November 30, 2017

    Submission: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

    Written submission from the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry on Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill. Submission from Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Price caps are complex, and the issue has become very political in GB. In principle, we do not like the idea of price caps. However, we accept that given the political nature of the discussion that a temporary, absolute price cap should be set by Ofgem for prepayment meter customers and those on the

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  • New Thinking: The Role of the CCC in a reformed GB Institutional Framework

    November 30, 2017

    New Thinking: The Role of the CCC in a reformed GB Institutional Framework

    The Role of the CCC in a reformed GB Institutional Framework Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 30th November 2017 IGov1 developed a fit-for-purpose GB governance framework (here and here), and is shown in Figure 1 below. This framework endeavours to bring together the relationships between all GB energy institutions in a ‘whole system’ sense, and it endeavours to cover all major institutions which will have to exist, and all high-level institutional decisions which will have to be made in transforming from the current GB governance framework to a fit-for-purpose one. IGov2 has taken this framework – the

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  • Join the EPG: PhD on Democratisation, Data and Algorithms

    November 30, 2017

    Join the EPG: PhD on Democratisation, Data and Algorithms

    The EPG is looking for a PhD student to study:  Democratisation, Data and Algorithms – mutually exclusive, or helpful for GHG reduction? GB has an energy policy goal of reducing greenhouse gases from 1990 levels by 80% by 2050.  This will require a complete change in the way GB uses energy, and people will have to become more connected to their energy use for multiple reasons, not least because they will have to be prepared pay for energy system transformation. The energy system is already beginning to change as a result of policies to cut

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  • Global Insight 22: 29th November 2017

    November 29, 2017

    Global Insight 22: 29th November 2017

    Australia COAG Energy Council Meet to discuss NEG The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council met last Friday to discuss the new National Energy Guarantee (NEG).  The NEG, which is to follow on from the Renewable Energy Target (RET) due to end in 2020, is made up of two parts and has a reliability guarantee and an emissions guarantee – and has caused controversy due to its decision to end subsidies for renewable energy projects whilst, as some commentators have reported, seeming to encourage the use of coal. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

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  • New Thinking: Building political consensus for energy transformation in Britain

    November 22, 2017

    New Thinking: Building political consensus for energy transformation in Britain

    Building political consensus for energy transformation in Britain Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 23rd November 2017 The IGov project is about the governance structures and processes needed for the transformation of the British energy system. At the heart of this transformation is the need for the radical decarbonisation of energy, but in a way that is affordable and secure. We believe (and it is now fairly widely accepted) that this transformation will also involve a move away from a centralised supply focused paradigm towards more flexible demand and the expansion of distributed energy resources; indeed these

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  • Global Insight 21 – 21st November 2017

    November 21, 2017

    Global Insight 21 – 21st November 2017

    Australia Off-grid solutions for rural customers cheaper option for networks The Australian Energy Networks Association (ENA) in conjunction with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) have called for a rule change to allow the networks to provide off-grid solutions to rural connections.  They state that recent trials in Western Australia have shown that using solar and battery storage with diesel generator back-up provides a more reliable, cost effective solution.  The rule change is required as networks are not allowed to provide generation or retail services, the same as the

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  • Global Insight 20 – 14th November 2017

    November 14, 2017

    Global Insight 20 – 14th November 2017

    Australia Solving the problem of apartment living and rooftop solar Industry analysts SunWiz have released their monthly update for October and have announced that small-scale solar (>100kW) has had its best October to date with registrations for 107MW of generation.   They estimate that if this growth continues then small-scale solar would have installed 1GW for the year.  The registrations were made up primarily of large commercial (75-100kW) and large domestic (6.3-8kW).  Costs for small-scale solar are also falling with a 5kW system costing  in the region of £3000. Solving the problem of apartment living and

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