• Blog 1 of Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities

    October 19, 2018

    Blog 1 of Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities

    Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities – clarity and agreement needed across the world Catherine Mitchell – IGov Team, 19th October 2018 The need for the traditional 3 part utility function of planning, operations and market administration broadly continues within the distribution area, even in this changing energy world,  but changing technology, public policy goals, user preferences and business models are challenging whether the traditional distribution utility should still be responsible for each segment; whether the traditional role for the utility  within those segments is also still necessary;  and whether there are new functions

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  • Blog 2 of Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities

    October 19, 2018

    Blog 2 of Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities

    Name, Function and Form of Distribution Entities – A brief description of the James McGinness 4 Blog Series By Catherine Mitchell – IGov team, 19th October 2018 A recent 4 blog series by James McGinness, Founding Partner of David Energy based in Brooklyn,  New York City has many interesting ideas about the future needs / functions / form etc. of a fit-for-purpose distribution entity (Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3, Blog 4).  His first blog sets out his overall argument on why now is the time to liberalise distribution networks; his 2nd blog talks more

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  • Global Insights: 16th October 2018

    October 16, 2018

    Global Insights: 16th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA Monash University to go 100% renewable Monash University in Melbourne, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Indra Australia have announced a microgrid trial that will test the ability of the Monash University Clayton campus’ embedded network to become 100% renewable.  The Au$7.1 million trial has received Au$2.97 million from ARENA and the results from the trial will be used to inform the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) announced last week and to help other universities to transition towards using renewable energy. The microgrid will use up to 1MW of rooftop solar, 20 buildings

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  • Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    October 10, 2018

    Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    Ofgem Consultation: Getting more out of our electricity networks through reforming access and forward-looking charging arrangements Rachel Bray and Catherine Mitchell Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Running the energy system costs society and the customer a certain total amount every year. That sum of that cost is currently derived in a particular way – transmission costs, distribution costs, including charging costs, wholesale market costs etc – and via a certain methodology and regulatory mechanism and then paid for via customer bills before finally being reimbursed to different parts of the energy system by suppliers

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  • Global Insights: 9th October 2018

    October 9, 2018

    Global Insights: 9th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA ARENA announces whole system DER initiative The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have announced an initiative this week that will see the energy industry institutions come together to harness the potential of distributed energy resources (DER), the behind the meter resources such as solar PV and storage. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and ARENA have forecasted that up to 45% of Australia’s generation could come from DER by 2050.  In order to maximise the value of DER for all energy user a multi body initiative, the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP),

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  • Submission: BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme

    October 5, 2018

    Submission: BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme

    BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Rachel Bray Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary The University of Exeter Energy Policy Group (EPG) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the closure of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme. We do not support the closure of the FiT scheme. We have 6 main concerns: 1) The small scale FiT has been a way for communities, small companies and housholders to become involved in the transformation from the ‘dirty’ to the ‘clean’ energy system. Delivering the Committee of Climate Change greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions

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  • Global Insights: 2nd October 2018

    October 2, 2018

    Global Insights: 2nd October 2018

    AUSTRALIA New ruling for generators to bring down costs for consumers The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) announced a new ruling for technical standards for generators this week.  The new ruling sets local technical performance standards for generators who wish to connect to the grid.  Currently there is a one size fits all approach for performance standards in voltage and frequency regulation.  The new ruling would allow the connection to be based on the system requirements for the local area, e.g. if there is already ample capability for voltage control this would not be required

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  • Aims and Agenda

    October 1, 2018

    Aims and Agenda

    Aims of the Roundtable The decarbonisation of energy systems is now a goal in most countries around the world. At the same time, rapid changes in technology and costs, especially in distributed energy resources, are providing new opportunities for achieving decarbonisation at lower cost through system transformation. But how far that transformation can be realised and managed depends on the response of policy makers and regulators. In many places, policy and regulation are struggling to catch up, and the pace and complexity of change means that new approaches are needed. This workshop will explore the

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  • Presentation: Introduction to Direction Setting for Energy System Transformation

    October 1, 2018

    Presentation: Introduction to Direction Setting for Energy System Transformation

    Direction-setting for energy system transformation From: Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Direction-setting for energy system transformation, Chatham House, 26 September 2018 This presentation can be found here: Mitchell_IGov Direction Setting for Energy Transformation

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  • Presentation: Direction-setting for energy system transformation

    October 1, 2018

    Presentation: Direction-setting for energy system transformation

    Direction-setting for energy system transformation From: Matthew Lockwood Presentation to: Direction-setting for energy system transformation, Chatham House, 26 September 2018 Summary: Direction-setting as the focus of today’s workshop Why does it matter? What are some of the issues to consider? IGov framework proposals   This presentation can be found here: Direction-setting for energy system transformation – Matthew Lockwood

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