• New Thinking: Having your cake and eating it

    October 22, 2014

    New Thinking: Having your cake and eating it

    Having your cake and eating it: energy companies want profit without risk Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 22nd October, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Having your cake and eating it – energy companies want profits without risk The fire at Didcot electricity gas plant on Sunday night has, as to be expected, led to numerous articles (e.g. here, here, here and here) which argue, when boiled down, to two simple points: (1) that not enough has been done by Government to stimulate investment in the electricity system and as a result we are now dangerously close to having

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  • Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    October 20, 2014

    Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    University of Exeter Energy Policy Group submission to DECC consultation URN 14S/271: Strategy and Policy Statement: a consultation on the draft statement Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS). This comment is set out in the following way: an introduction to our view; responses to your three questions; and a conclusory section of our view what a SPS should include. Introduction A key criticism of the Draft SPS is that it does not clarify how the Government wishes to prioritise its goals, or how the trade-offs between them

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  • Working Paper: Energy networks and distributed energy resources in Great Britain

    October 15, 2014

    Working Paper: Energy networks and distributed energy resources in Great Britain

    Energy networks and distributed energy resources in Great Britain By: Matthew Lockwood – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1406 Abstract: This paper examines the rules and incentives governing electricity, gas and heat networks in Great Britain from the perspective of how far these facilitate or prevent a shift towards an energy system with more ‘distributed energy resources’, including flexible demand, local electricity generation and heat production, and energy storage. Much of the analysis focuses on electricity distribution network, where the greatest need for innovation is expected to lie. Most of the relevant rules

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  • New Thinking: Network governance and distributed energy resources

    October 15, 2014

    New Thinking: Network governance and distributed energy resources

    Network governance and distributed energy resources Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 15 October 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics A new IGov working paper on energy networks give a comprehensive account of the rules and incentives for network operators and network users (generators, shippers, suppliers and consumers), and how these facilitate, slow or block a shift to a more demand side focused energy system in Britain, along with a greater use of distributed energy resources. Most of these rules and incentives are created by economic regulation of networks or come under industry codes and standards, and the paper also

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  • New Thinking: Capacity market and DSR – the thin purple line

    October 9, 2014

    New Thinking: Capacity market and DSR – the thin purple line

    Capacity market and DSR – the thin purple line Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 9 October 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Back in August, my colleague Catherine Mitchell wrote about Britain’s new Capacity Market being introduced as part of the Electricity Market Reform package. National Grid has now released figures on what capacity has pre-qualified for the CM: Apart from the point made by Greenpeace and Sandbag that the CM looks likely to prop up our old coal-fired capacity, what is particularly disappointing but not surprising is the picture on demand-side response. In total, just over 1

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  • New Thinking: Is the centralised utility model past its sell-by date?

    October 6, 2014

    New Thinking: Is the centralised utility model past its sell-by date?

    Is the avalanche of financial reports right? Is the centralised utility model past its sell-by date? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 6th October, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Citi (1) is the latest financial institution to publish a short report on the future of the centralised utility model, but with a specific focus on GB. They argue that due to increasing competition the market share of the Big 6 will decline from 98% in 2013 to below 70% by 2020; and that the total profit pool available to them will decline by 40% by 2020. Ultimately, they say,

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  • Paper: Governance and disruptive energy system change

    September 30, 2014

    Paper: Governance and disruptive energy system change

    Governance and disruptive energy system change By: Catherine Mitchell, Antony Froggatt and Richard Hoggett Abstract:  This paper explores the biases towards the conventional energy system currently in place in GB; it looks at potentially destabilising factors at work in the GB energy system; it looks at disruptive influences at work in the wider energy system; and it asks whether those wider factors are sufficient to force change in the GB energy system. Type: Draft Conference paper, delivered to  International Workshop on Incumbent – Challenger Interactions in Energy Transitions, September 22-23, University of Stuttgart, Germany Download Paper: Stuttgart conf paper &#

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  • Presentation: Governance and disruptive energy systems

    September 30, 2014

    Presentation: Governance and disruptive energy systems

    Governance and disruptive energy systems From: Catherine Mitchell To: International Workshop on Incumbent-Challenger Interactions, Stuttgart, 22 September 2014 Outline – Brief discussion of ‘conventional energy system’ and practice change – The current situation in GB electricity – New factors affecting the GB electricity system – Wider potentially disruptive influences elsewhere in world – Considers whether these influences / factors are strong enough to disrupt GB – Discussion on definitions   Download presentation:  Mitchell Stuttgart Final 2014   Download full conference paper: Stuttgart conf paper – Draft

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  • New Thinking Blog: The times, they are a’changing

    September 12, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: The times, they are a’changing

    The times, they are a’changing Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 12 September 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics As John Harris argues in today’s Guardian, there are deep shifts going on in the nature of democracy across the UK (and actually the rest of Europe too). The predominant mood is one of rejection of political elites and conventional party politics by an electorate who have experienced a decade of declining living standards and increased economic uncertainty. Much of the rise of the ‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence reflects this mood, but so does the emergence of UKIP in

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  • Blog from Berlin – Part Zwei: Why Culture and Institutions Matter in Low Carbon Transformations

    September 11, 2014

    Blog from Berlin – Part Zwei: Why Culture and Institutions Matter in Low Carbon Transformations

    Blog from Berlin – Part Zwei: Why Culture and Institutions Matter in Low Carbon Transformations Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 11th September, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko Here at IGov we are starting to conduct some comparative analyses between UK governance for sustainable energy innovations and governance in Germany, Denmark, California and Texas.  We are doing this partly in order to understand more about governing for transformation, but also to try and draw some lessons for the UK.  We do, however, seek to draw lessons in a manner that is sensitive to the notion that energy and climate governance

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