• No resource is 100% reliable: The Belgian nuclear winter

    July 29, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: The Belgian nuclear winter

    The Belgian nuclear winter This is the second blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 29th July 2015 Belgium had a worrying 2014-2015 winter – known as the Belgian Nuclear Winter when 3 nuclear power plants were shut down. What lessons should we learn from that event? The key lesson to learn is that no energy system is 100% reliable. All resources (nuclear, coal, gas, renewables, hydro, demand response, storage, interconnectors) have a certain likelihood of not being entirely available or available at all on any given day. So

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  • No resource is 100% reliable: A No-Regret Energy Policy- reduce, flatten and flex

    July 28, 2015

    No resource is 100% reliable: A No-Regret Energy Policy- reduce, flatten and flex

    A No-Regret Energy Policy: Reduce, flatten and flex This is the first blog in the no resource is 100% reliable series Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 28th July 2015 The last few weeks has been pretty dire for those in Britain that care about moving towards a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system.  GB no longer has a credible energy policy. Government support for nuclear power may lead, at best, to one or two new power plants in GB – but by when we do not know and for how much money. They are almost immaterial to

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  • New Thinking: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

    July 27, 2015

    New Thinking: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

    What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy? Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 27th July 2015 Energy policy has been slowly changing over the last 30 or so years: two steps forward, one step back towards sustainability. But it has changed over that time and it has become more sustainable and better for GB’s innovation record. In 1984, with the miner’s strike, we had a state owned energy industry (both gas and electricity), with almost no customer input and minimal ability for independent action, no renewable energy policy, minimal energy efficiency action or

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  • New Thinking: Germany’s Coal Decision

    July 24, 2015

    New Thinking: Germany’s Coal Decision

    Germany’s Coal Decision: boon for incumbents or start of longer term phase out? Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 24th July, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko   Germany, like many countries attempting to transform their energy sectors, has a problem with coal – hard coal and lignite together still made up just over 40% of its electricity generation mix in 2014. Globally, and in Germany, although renewables have grown impressively over the past few years, the impact on emissions has been tempered by the increased use of coal. As such, for the sake of emissions, something needs to be

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  • Presentation: Renewables – how far can we go?

    July 20, 2015

    Presentation: Renewables – how far can we go?

    Renewables: how far can we go? From: Catherine Mitchell To: ECIU – Renewables, how far can we go? London 15-07-15 Outline The future Current situation in GB Energy system foundations Reduce, flatten and flex No wind, no sun scenario How do we make it happen? Can we afford it?   Download presentation: CMitchell – ECIU Renewables- how far can we go

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  • New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem

    July 14, 2015

    New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem

    The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 14 July 2015  About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics This is the second in a two-part post on governance issues raised in the Competition and Markets Authority energy market investigation provisional findings (full report now out) published last week. The first post focused on codes; this one is about the relationship between the government and the regulator. This is again an issue that is at the heart of the IGov project, and the CMA investigation has done everyone a great service in opening up and

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  • New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes

    July 10, 2015

    New Thinking: The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes

    The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 10 July 2015  About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Not surprisingly, most of the initial reaction to Tuesday’s provisional findings by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on its energy market inquiry has focused on overcharging of sticky customers and on a ‘safeguard’ tariff as a remedy. However, buried deep at the bottom of the document are some interesting arguments about the governance of the regulatory framework for energy. One is about the transparency of regulatory decision making (especially the relationship between DECC and Ofgem) and the

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  • News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    June 24, 2015

    News: Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP

    Catherine Mitchell Chair of RAP Catherine has just become Chair of the US based Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). RAP works primarily in the US, India, China and Europe.  It is a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. Recent publications that RAP have been heavily involved with, whether as writers or advisors, include the mega introduction to the menu of options open to US States in order to

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  • New Thinking: Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?

    June 18, 2015

    New Thinking: Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?

    Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management? Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 18th June, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko IGov has recently published a new working paper on the rules and incentives governing suppliers operating in GB gas and electricity markets. The paper assesses whether, on balance, energy governance successfully enables greater demand management through innovation. This is achieved by analysing a wide variety of energy policies, rules and regulations, how they structure markets and incentivise and/or deter certain industry practices, and the ways in which they enable and/or constrain demand innovations. Aspects of governance analysed include

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  • Paper: Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain

    June 17, 2015

    Paper: Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain

    Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: The politics of institutional change By: Matthew Lockwood Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Available online 6 June 2015 (open access) Highlights The locus for protective space for innovation in network industries is the regulatory regime. In the case of Britain, the creation of space for RD&D has come through the layering of rules. Such layering can be explained partly through institutional discretion and fixed regulatory rules. RD&D mechanisms faced strong initial opposition from the dominant policy paradigm. The regulator’s framework for network

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