• 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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  • Submission to CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement

    April 27, 2015

    Submission to CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement

    Comments on the CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement Catherine Mitchell, Bridget Woodman, Caroline Kuzemko and Richard Hoggett, Energy Policy Group (EPG), University of Exeter   Summary 1. We, the EPG, are very pleased that the CMA investigation is taking place because it is has encouraged a much wider debate about the future of the GB energy system. Whilst, in fact, the EPG does not agree with most of what the CMA appears to have concluded so far, the process has been very beneficial, particularly with the uploading of the various working papers

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  • Progressive Energy Policy Pivots

    April 27, 2015

    Progressive Energy Policy Pivots

    Write an Energy Policy Pivot – halfway between a book and a journal article – a short book! Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 27th April 2015 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 seek to be visionary, challenging conventional wisdom and/or

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  • Article: Getting our act together

    April 24, 2015

    Article: Getting our act together

    Getting our act together By: Catherine Mitchell Published in: The House, 17th April 2015 The energy policy decisions facing the next Government require a dual determination to do the right thing for British society interests (as opposed to the interests of a few big companies, and their supply chains) and the strength of purpose to make fundamental changes to the institutional framework of the GB energy system, which is currently not fit for purpose. The Tory / Lib Dem coalition has overseen a new Energy Act which has made matters worse: it is leading to a

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  • New Thinking: Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

    April 22, 2015

    New Thinking: Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

    Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 22nd April 2015 A recent series by Thomas Elmar Schuppe (see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) about the energiewende in Germany illuminates the complexity of energy transformation. As he shows, it is not just that decision-makers have had to be constantly vigilant about the unforeseen impacts of the policy – and then they must be prepared to make changes to counter those unforeseen effects. BUT also the German energy industry is continuously forced to react and adapt their

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  • Germany’s decentralized energy revolution

    April 17, 2015

    Germany’s decentralized energy revolution

    This presentation has been added with the kind permission of Christoph Burger from ESMT (European School of Management and Technology), Berlin. The presentation: Germany’s decentralized energy revolution can be downloaded here, it covers: Energiewende – what does it mean? Energiewende – implications for utilities Energiewende – searching for successful business models   Use these links to find out more about the work of  Christoph Burger and of ESMT.  

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  • New Thinking: Two internal logics- the Labour Party and the CMA

    April 14, 2015

    New Thinking: Two internal logics- the Labour Party and the CMA

    Two internal logics: the Labour Party and the CMA – one more useful than the other Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th April 2015 The Labour Party published its manifesto on Monday 13th April. Many of the promises to do with energy have been well trailed before: for example, ‘ambitious domestic carbon reduction targets, including a legal target to remove the carbon from our electricity supply by 2030, and a major drive for energy efficiency’; ‘an Energy Security Board to plan and deliver the energy mix we need, including renewables, nuclear, green gas, carbon capture and

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