Governing for Innovation Without Disruption in Energy Systems
By: Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood, Richard Hoggett, and Caroline Kuzemko
Published in: Conference Paper for BIEE 2016, Innovation and Disruption – the energy sector in transition. Oxford 21-22nd Sept.
Available online: 21st Sept 2016
Introduction – the challenge of transformation of the energy system
The energy system in Britain, like others around the world, is undergoing fundamental and rapid change due to a wide range of different drivers, from technology through to social, environmental and businesses preferences and innovations.
The drive to decarbonise electricity over the last 30-40 years has led to a significant rise in renewable generation, especially from wind and solar, and this has had significant impacts on how energy systems are operated and managed. As these technologies continue to expand as their costs come down, the value of flexibility elsewhere in the system will also grow fast. Existing forms of flexibility, such as natural gas-fired power plants, will become increasingly unavailable as carbon budgets get tighter. As a result, flexibility in demand for electricity, either through demand-side response or through forms of storage, is becoming increasingly important…….
…..download the full paper here: Mitchell et al BIEE 2016 Paper
There is also an accompanying presentation for this paper: Mitchell BIEE Sep 2016