• Global Insight 25-4-2017

    April 25, 2017

    Global Insight 25-4-2017

    Global Insight 25th April 2016 Upturn in German Solar and storage sectors The solar sector in Germany is in a buoyant mood once more, as falling technology costs are driving deployment, leading to a growing domestic market for the first time since 2012.   The solar industry now claim that that costs of solar production are now half what residential or even commercial customers pay for their electricity.  This lead to an 80% year on year increase in domestic solar pv installations during the 2nd half of 2016.   The cheaper costs of solar energy production are

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  • Paper: Policies, politics and demand side innovations

    April 25, 2017

    Paper: Policies, politics and demand side innovations

    Policies, politics and demand side innovations: The untold story of Germany’s energy transition By: Caroline Kuzemko, Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood and Richard Hoggett Published in: Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 28, June 2017, Pages 58–67 Abstract This article shines a light on a less examined aspect of sustainable energy transitions: governing for demand side innovations in Germany. Demand innovations are considered to be central to affordable, efficient and politically acceptable energy system transformations, however many argue that not enough is being done in governance terms. In a departure from much analysis on demand policy demand

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  • New Thinking: The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts – a market which rewards DER

    April 20, 2017

    New Thinking: The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts – a market which rewards DER

    The Solution to South Australia’s blackouts: a market which rewards DER On the 28th September 2016 storms in northern South Australia, including tornados with wind speeds in the range of 190-260 km/h caused a state-wide blackout.  The update report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and also a recent review by the Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel have recommended that value services for Frequency Controlled Ancillary Service (FCAS) and System Restart Ancillary Services (SRAS) from distributed energy and other storage technologies should be investigated. In addition, on February 8th 2017, a heatwave with temperatures of

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  • Submission: Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

    April 18, 2017

    Submission: Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

    Submission to the Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Matthew Lockwood Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter, welcome this opportunity to respond to HM Government’s Building our Industrial Strategy. We are an academic research group which works on the links between governance and innovation, in particular with respect to energy although we do have two projects on the food, energy and water nexus. With respect to this industrial strategy, we are most interested in whether it will

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  • Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system

    April 4, 2017

    Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system

    Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 4th April 2017 This is a re-blog of a Blog by Catherine Mitchell which originally appeared in the 3 April 2017 issue of Utility Week: Institutional governance reform – the essential ingredient for a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system. GB currently has an energy governance framework  – meaning policies, institutions, rules and incentives of markets and networks – which is not fit-for-the-purpose of transforming the current centralised, carbonised energy system into a decarbonised, flexible and secure

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  • Presentations: German Energy Transition

    March 29, 2017

    Presentations: German Energy Transition

    Societal Transformation to Sustainability: Universities as Pacesetters Details:  The University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS) Spring Campus, Freie University of Berlin (27-31 March 2017) Panel: German Energy Transition, 28th March 2017 Germany strives to transition its energy supply system towards a high share of renewables. The development is embedded in the European context with the aim of linking national energy supply systems more closely. At the same time, the process takes place in a federal system with high scope of action of the provinces, and it is accompanied by an increasingly decentralized structure with pioneering initiatives and

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    March 16, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (3) – DER Walking the Walk

    Reset the reset (3) – Walking the Walk: we need to agree a DER assessment process and a methodology to value DER which fits with a smart and flexible energy system Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 16th March 2017 IGov is arguing that the Government/BEIS should initiate a process to develop a fit-for-purpose GB energy governance framework – analogous to (but not necessarily the same as) the IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework. Other jurisdictions around the world are already well into the process of creating a smart and flexible energy system, inter alia here. The

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent

    March 15, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent

    Reset the reset (2) – Aligning Content with Intent: BEIS and the Regulator have to sort out their relationship and roles Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 15th March 2017 GB has a stated intent of moving to an energy system capable of delivering a cost-effective decarbonised energy system by 2050 – thereby meeting the Committee on Climate Change’s 2050 carbon budgets. Sadly, the content of our energy policy (EP) does not deliver its good intention. As a recent IGov blog stated, GB may be talking the talk, but we are not walking the walk. Even worse,

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  • New Thinking: Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now

    March 14, 2017

    New Thinking: Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now

    Reset the reset (1) – we need institutional governance reform, and we need it now Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 14th March 2017 GB energy policy is dissolving into a muddled, mire of siloed, non-joined-up policy statements and calls for evidence. GB has to decide on the necessary institutional arrangements to deliver its GHG reduction targets, cost-effective, smart, flexible, secure energy system before it makes even more costly and time-consuming mistakes. We do not want to halt (or hinder) progress towards a sustainable energy system by undertaking a big review of GB energy policy, but we

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  • New Thinking: The Embedded Generator Saga and Codes Governance

    March 13, 2017

    New Thinking: The Embedded Generator Saga and Codes Governance

    Transformation is about walking the walk, not just talking the talk – the embedded generator saga and codes governance Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 13th March 2017 A major row has blown up over the apparently obscure issue of ‘embedded benefits’. These are payments that are made to electricity generators attached to the distribution network, as opposed to the higher voltage transmission network, so called because these generators are ‘embedded’ further down the system closer to sources of electricity demand. They are also sometimes called distributed generators. Technically, embedded benefits are based on the contribution made

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