• New Thinking: Climate Emergency Declarations Accelerating Decarbonisation?

    September 20, 2019

    New Thinking: Climate Emergency Declarations Accelerating Decarbonisation?

    Climate Emergency Declarations Accelerating Decarbonisation? What 249 UK examples can tell us. Calum Harvey-Scholes, IGov Team 20th September 2019 Introduction Following the IPCC 1.5oC Special Report in October 2018, it is clearer than ever that we need to accelerate decarbonisation policy at every level to limit global heating. We know that more than half of all anthropogenic carbon emissions have occurred in the past 30 years, since the establishment of the IPCC, and global carbon emissions are still climbing every year. The IPCC report, the school climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion, and Climate Change: The Facts

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  • Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Flexible & Responsive Energy Retail Markets

    September 17, 2019

    Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Flexible & Responsive Energy Retail Markets

    Submission to BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Flexible and Responsive Energy Retail Markets Exeter Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett and Rebecca Willis Section 1: Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter, welcome this opportunity to make comments on the Flexible and Responsible Energy Retail Markets (FRERM) consultation document Consultation. EPG members have been working on this issue for several years. One of the EPG projects in particular, Innovation and Governance for a Future Energy System (IGov), has been focusing on this issue since 2012. The

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  • Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Reforming the Energy Industry Codes

    September 17, 2019

    Submission: BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Reforming the Energy Industry Codes

    Submission to the BEIS / Ofgem Consultation on Reforming the Energy Industry Codes Submission from the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Rebecca Willis and Richard Hoggett   Section 1: Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group, of the University of Exeter welcome this consultation, and its parallel Impact Assessment. We find the consultation document to be a thorough and honest review of the long standing discussions about the need to reform Codes. However, before commenting on the specifics of this consultation, it is important to state that the effectiveness of specific measures like

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  • Paper: Unpacking ‘regime resistance’ in low-carbon transitions

    September 13, 2019

    Paper: Unpacking ‘regime resistance’ in low-carbon transitions

    Unpacking ‘regime resistance’ in low-carbon transitions: The case of the British Capacity Market By: Matthew Lockwood, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett Published in: Energy Research & Social Science (online September 2019) Highlights Provides a critique of concept of ‘regime resistance’ in analysis of sustainable energy transformations. Provides in-depth analysis of energy company lobbying on formation of Capacity Market policy in Britain. Shows evidence of incumbent influence and structural power over government. Demonstrates incumbent power was contingent on interests, institutional context and ideas deployed   Abstract The ability of powerful incumbent actors to resist technological or

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  • Presentation: Whole Energy System Coordination for a Net Zero Future

    September 5, 2019

    Presentation: Whole Energy System Coordination for a Net Zero Future

    Whole Energy System Coordination for a Net Zero Future From: Prof. Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Archetypes of decarbonization pathways and climate policy entry points to raise ambition, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Berlin, 4th September 2019 Summary Importance of Governance IGov’s conceptual net zero whole energy system governance framework Various countries / States are moving towards greater governance coordination to deliver stated objectives Conclusion   Download the presentation: PEP Berlin 2-4 September 2019 – CMitchell

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  • Shortcut to Key IGov Findings

    August 1, 2019

    Shortcut to Key IGov Findings

    Shortcut to key IGov findings 1st August 2019 This blog wraps up some of the key IGov ideas and arguments, providing a ‘quick’ read and introduction. The IGov website has over 600 pieces of work on it and is the place to go for full details. The IGov project is coming to an end in the autumn (2019) and the next few months are going to be spent disseminating our arguments for the governance reform we think is needed if we are to accelerate and more cost effectively enable the transformation to a sustainable, equitable,

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  • Getting energy governance right: Lessons from IGov

    August 1, 2019

    Getting energy governance right: Lessons from IGov

    Getting energy governance right: Lessons from IGov IGov Team, 12th September 2019* 1. Executive Summary The UK has committed to net-zero emissions within the next thirty years. Reaching this goal will require a major transformation of the energy system. This briefing looks at the crucial role of governance in achieving that transformation. It summarises the findings of seven years of work by a team of researchers, based at the University of Exeter’s IGov project, analysing energy governance within Great Britain (GB) and elsewhere. 1.1 The current position: Outdated governance The fundamentals of GB energy governance

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  • Electricity Market Design 5: Summary of blog series

    July 24, 2019

    Electricity Market Design 5: Summary of blog series

    Blog 5: Market Design Issues for a smart, flexible, sustainable and secure energy system: Summary blog Thomas Pownall 24th July 2019 The UK’s electricity market design is outdated. Our current policies and rules dictate how our market operates and reflects a legacy of an electricity system which we need to depart from in order to achieve our decarbonisation targets but, also, to run a cost effective electricity system. We now have the scope to transition to a 21st century electricity market design, one which supports the deployment of renewable technologies, storage, improved energy efficiencies and

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  • Electricity Market Design 4: Proposed design

    July 24, 2019

    Electricity Market Design 4: Proposed design

    Blog 4: Market Design Issues for a smart, flexible, sustainable and secure energy system: Proposed design Thomas Pownall 24th July 2019 The vision As mentioned Blog 2 there are several academics who have proposed their own electricity market design, each with their own vision and goals. These designs have intended outcomes with subsequent winners and losers. We argue that the proposed electricity market design in this blog suits an energy efficient system based on renewables, storage, DSR and interconnection, fully utilising distribution resources.  The proposal consciously enables these resources but does not exclude ‘traditional’ supply. It

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  • Electricity Market Design 3: The institutional glue to link markets & networks

    July 24, 2019

    Electricity Market Design 3: The institutional glue to link markets & networks

    Blog 3: Market Design Issues for a smart, flexible, sustainable and secure energy system: The institutional glue to link markets and networks By Thomas Pownall  24th July 2019* A fit for purpose inter-related set of market designs (i.e. for electricity, heat etc.) are only one key dimension of a successful energy system transformation. These markets are not sufficient by themselves. If we are to achieve our decarbonisation targets, we (i.e. the UK) need a suitable institutional framework governing the energy system, of which market design issues are just one part. IGov has set out this

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