• Paper: The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support

    August 22, 2016

    Paper: The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support

    The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support: Effects and significance By: Matthew Lockwood Published in: Energy Policy (2016 – 97:193-201) Available online: July 2016 Abstract There is a long-standing debate over price vs. quantity approaches to supporting the deployment of renewable electricity technologies. In the context of a recent shift from quantity to price-based support, the UK has also introduced a new form of budgetary framework, the Levy Control Framework (LCF). The introduction of the LCF has been very important for investors but has received relatively little attention in the academic literature. The paper

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  • Agenda

    August 18, 2016

    Agenda

    14:00 – 14:15  Introduction 14.15 – 14.45  The IGov Governance Framework 14.45 – 15.15  Discussion   15.15 – 15.30 Tea & Coffee   15.30 – 16.00  Alternative Perspectives on Energy Governance Graham White, Independent Dorcas Batstone, Independent Jim Cardwell, Northern Power Grid   16:00 – 16.45  Discussion 16:45 – 17.00  Wrap up

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  • Aims for the Roundtable

    August 18, 2016

    Aims for the Roundtable

    Energy systems around the world and in GB are currently undergoing fundamental and rapid change due to a wide range of different drivers, from technology to social and businesses innovations. Much of this change is currently being experienced within the electricity sector, with a range of new technologies and business models competing for space within our networks such as options for DSR, virtual power plants, storage and other ways to provide capacity and manage constraints. Nationally, DECC have raised the possibility of creating an independent system operator; many DNOs are already moving towards become more

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  • Attendees

    August 18, 2016

    Attendees

    Caroline Kuzemko University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell University of Exeter Chris Harris RWE Npower Dorcas Batstone Independent Graham White Independent Harriet Buxton DECC Jim Cardwell Northern Power Grid Lewis Dale National Grid Linda Forbes Encraft Louise Anderson EPSRC Martin Crouch Ofgem Mathew Lockwood University of Exeter Mike Thompson Committee on Climate Change Nicola Waters Primrose Solar Paul Westacott Origami Energy Phil Baker RAP Richard Hoggett University of Exeter Roger Witcomb CMA Sarah Owen Centrica Simon Virley KPMG Tamar Bourne Regen

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  • Presentation: IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance

    August 18, 2016

    Presentation: IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance

    IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Roundtable, 20th July 2016 Outline: The energy system is undergoing fundamental and rapid change Range of different drivers Technology ICT Social preferences New business models Governance Much of this change in electricity sector Actors competing for space within uncoordinated markets and networks System changing – DNOs to DSO/DSP, decentralising, customers Currently technology racing ahead, infrastructure and regulations lagging – risks increased costs, undermining security and threatens transformation Multiple reports recognising need for governance change: DECC; Energy and Climate Change Committee;

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  • Briefing: Draft Fit-for-Purpose Institutional Framework for the GB Energy System

    August 18, 2016

    Briefing: Draft Fit-for-Purpose Institutional Framework for the GB Energy System

    DRAFT: IGov Fit-for-Purpose Institutional Framework for the GB Energy System Introduction Energy systems around the world and in GB are undergoing fundamental and rapid change due to a wide range of different drivers, from technology through to social, environmental and businesses innovations. Much of this change is currently being experienced within the electricity sector, with new technologies and business models competing for space within our markets and networks (for example, options for demand side response (DSR), virtual power plants, storage and other ways to provide capacity and manage constraints). Nationally, the Department of Energy and

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  • New Thinking: Transformational Regulation- comparing the NY REV & RIIO

    August 11, 2016

    New Thinking: Transformational Regulation- comparing the NY REV & RIIO

    Transformational Regulation – comparing the NY REV & RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 11th August 2016   IGov has published a number of blogs etc about the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV), and in particular NY’s new, regulatory value proposition, distribution service providers. When discussing the NY REV in GB with various stakeholders in different forums (for example, the DSO versus DSP workshop), the comments received can be divided into four general streams: 1. a general feeling of not understanding what the NY REV is

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  • Submission: NIC – National Infrastructure Assessment, Process & Methodology

    August 11, 2016

    Submission: NIC – National Infrastructure Assessment, Process & Methodology

    National Infrastructure Commission: The National Infrastructure Assessment, Process and Methodology Catherine Mitchell and Matthew Lockwood, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Introduction The University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group (EPG) is very pleased to submit to the Consultation on the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) – Process and Methodology. The EPG submitted evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Inquiry into Electricity Interconnection and Storage, which subsequently led to the very good NIC Report on Smart Power. The EPG has a project: Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable Economy (IGov). This has a small team working on

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  • New Thinking: The embedded benefit saga

    August 8, 2016

    New Thinking: The embedded benefit saga

    The embedded benefit saga: why GB needs a progressive energy vision Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 8th August 2016  Over the last few weeks, new possibilities have been injected into the energy policy debate, and now is the time to forge a progressive UK energy vision. Theresa May, our Prime Minister, said in her inaugural speech: ‘’We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you.’’ A few days later, she set out the principles of her economic

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  • New Thinking: What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning

    July 29, 2016

    New Thinking: What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning

    What I wanted to say on the Today programme this morning Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2016  I was just on the Today programme at 8.54 am, and was not able to give my view on George Monbiot’s proposal that we restart an Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) programme to solve the twin problems of using up our stockpile of nuclear waste, and have a long term source of energy. My answer to this would have been that the problem with using nuclear waste as a fuel in reactors is that it makes the fission

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