• Working Paper: EU Climate Benchmarking

    April 9, 2014

    Working Paper: EU Climate Benchmarking

    EU Climate Benchmarking: Qualifications, Compromises and Compliance in the UK and Germany By: Caroline Kuzemko – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1404 Abstract: Taking a constructivist IPE approach this paper peers beneath, at least rhetorically committed, discourses on climate change and mitigation in international organisations through an examination of EU climate benchmarking practices. It poses questions about motivations for climate benchmarking, methods used to construct benchmarks and about compliance at the national level in Germany and the UK. An examination of the motivations behind climate benchmarks points, predictably, to the commitment to keeping

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  • New Thinking Blog: Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security

    April 7, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security

    Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 7th April, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko Since the start of the latest Ukraine-Russia crisis the rhetoric of energy security has re-emerged as strongly as ever.  What seems most evident this time around is the degree to which energy companies are deploying the energy supply security card in order to appeal for more state and political support for new capacity.  The nuclear industry, never shy about letting a good energy crisis go to waste, has been active across Europe in using fear of Russia and

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  • Open Letter on Market Premiums

    April 4, 2014

    Open Letter on Market Premiums

    Prof. Catherine Mitchell, along with nine other European economists have written an open letter to Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Joaquín Almunia on the risks of market premuims.  The currently negotiated EU State aid guidelines require that member states provide aid to renewable energy solely in the form of a premium to the market price. Such market premiums risk however the efficiency of short-term, and the effectiveness of forward contracting, markets and increase the costs of financing for renewable projects. They advantage incumbents, create barriers to new entrants, and raise the cost of meeting the renewable targets. They

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  • Working Paper: The political dynamics of green transformations

    April 1, 2014

    Working Paper: The political dynamics of green transformations

    The political dynamics of green transformations: The roles of policy feedback and institutional context By: Matthew Lockwood – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1403 Abstract: Green transformations, including in energy policy, are likely to take several decades and so need to be sustained politically over long periods of time. A key factor in whether this happens or not is the political impact of policies, i.e. ‘policy feedback’, which is likely to depend partly on the design of policies. Policy design itself will be heavily influenced by prevailing policy paradigms, and the articulation between

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  • New Thinking Blog: Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change

    March 31, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change

    Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 31st March, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell The second Working Group (WG2) report of the International Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Review (IPCC AR5) has been published and says we, as a world, have to do more to combat climate change if we are to maintain the comfort and fabric of our lives, and it will cost us less than if we do nothing. WG1 of the IPCC AR5 was published last year on the science of climate change and in a

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  • Presentation: Climate Benchmarking

    March 28, 2014

    Presentation: Climate Benchmarking

    Climate Benchmarking: The Emergent and Contingent Politics of Climate Norm Creation From: Caroline Kuzemko To: Benchmarking in Global Governance Workshop, Warwick, 12–14 March 2014 Outline: Climate Benchmarking Motivations Economic growth is ‘sustainable’ Climate governance as separate Comparative Compliance Conclusions Download presentation: C.Kuzemko – Benchmarking-March

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  • Presentation: The development of Energy Policy from Vesting to Electricity Market Reform

    March 27, 2014

    Presentation: The development of Energy Policy from Vesting to Electricity Market Reform

    The development of Energy Policy from Vesting to Electricity Market Reform – the Winding Road From: Catherine Mitchell To: Energy Institute and the Renewable Energy Group at University of Exeter, 18th March 2014 Outline: Electricity Vesting Inheritance of Vesting The 1990’s, particularly 1990-1997 Re-regulation in 2000 Truckers Strike of 2000 Nuclear Governance in 2000s 2010 onwards – the Conservatives back in power Where does that leave us? What to do? Download presentation: CM – CSM EI Lecture March

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  • New Thinking Blog: Energy Competitiveness in the Budget – Going for Cheap and Dirty, Not Lean and Clean

    March 21, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Energy Competitiveness in the Budget – Going for Cheap and Dirty, Not Lean and Clean

    Energy competitiveness in the Budget – going for cheap and dirty, not lean and clean Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 21 March 2014 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Much of the discussion of Wednesday’s Budget will be about wins for pensioners and bingo players, but another winner was energy-intensive industry. Setting the background, the Budget text involved some fairly selective data and glided over a few inconvenient facts. Starting off by noting the key role that manufacturing is playing in the UK’s recovery, the Budget argued that: “As a vital export industry, manufacturers produce more than half of the UK’s exports,

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  • New Thinking Blog: Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life

    March 19, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life

    Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 19th March, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Hardly a month has gone by since David Cameron told MPs he believed ‘man-made climate change is one of the most serious threats this country and this world faces’. Yet the Prime Minister’s newly rediscovered climate convictions has already failed their first test – in today’s budget. One of the few widely trailed measures which occurred today is the freeze to the carbon price floor  at £18 a tonne of

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  • Working Paper: Change and Inertia in the UK Energy System

    March 17, 2014

    Working Paper: Change and Inertia in the UK Energy System

    Change and Inertia in the UK Energy System – getting our institutions and governance right By: Catherine Mitchell – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1402 Abstract: The Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable Economy (IGov) website introduces the ideas behind IGov. This WP expands on this to explain what the IGov project will be focussing on over its lifetime. IGov argues that governance of an energy transition is not just about understanding (1) its technocratic requirements; nor (2) is it confined to understanding the policy, regulatory, institutional and incentive requirements, and how they

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