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  • Primer – the UK Capacity Market

    December 2, 2019

    Primer – the UK Capacity Market

    IGov Primer – The UK Capacity Market   Context IGov has consistently questioned the need for a Capacity Market in the UK low carbon transition, as well as the process by which it developed. It is a clear demonstration of how governance of the UK energy system can act to impede change in the direction of a more sustainable system. This Primer summarises the research and thinking we have produced on the Capacity Market. For an overview of the issues we see with the Capacity Market read the opinion piece on Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will

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  • Primer – Local energy and the changing role of people

    December 1, 2019

    Primer – Local energy and the changing role of people

    IGov Primer – Local energy and the changing role of people Context This Primer combines two interlinked areas of IGov research. One on our work on the growing importance of local energy, bringing in the changing role of city networks and local authorities, as well as the potential of more local energy systems to enable people to become more involved within the energy system. This links to our wider thinking on the changing role of people, as consumers, customers and citizens within energy systems and the case for putting them at the heart of the system

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  • Book Chapter: Energy Governance in the United Kingdom

    November 22, 2019

    Book Chapter: Energy Governance in the United Kingdom

    Energy Governance in the United Kingdom Lockwood M., Mitchell C., Hoggett R. (2019) In: Knodt M., Kemmerzell J. (eds) Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe. Springer, Cham Abstract The UK’s energy transition path has been shaped by a legacy of fossil fuel use across electricity generation, transport and heat, but also by the institutions and ideas that make up the governance of energy. Some important elements, such as a market-led policy paradigm and the delegation of regulation to arm’s-length bodies, are the result of privatization in the 1980s. Others, such as a heavily centralized, supply-led

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  • Presentations: Reforming energy goverance for net zero

    November 18, 2019

    Presentations: Reforming energy goverance for net zero

    Presentations: Reforming energy governance for net zero  Presentations from:  Energy Systems Catapult – Introduction & aims for the day Catherine Mitchell – Getting Energy Governance Right FPSA Perspective Catherine Mitchell – What reform is required of the current energy system/governance? Rebecca Willis – Proposal for an Energy Transformation Commission Energy Systems Catapult – Strategic Oversight – the role of a ‘system architect’ George Day – Clarifying roles, harnessing markets   You can download the slidepack here: Governance roundtable – slide deck for distribution

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  • Presentation: Concluding the 40-year utilities experiment: death spirals or rebirth

    October 24, 2019

    Presentation: Concluding the 40-year utilities experiment: death spirals or rebirth

    Concluding the 40-year utilities experiment: death spirals or rebirth From: Prof. Catherine Mitchell Presentation to: Beesley Lectures 2019 – Lecture 4, Institute of Directors, London, 23rd October 2019 Summary Energy governance Agreement/disagreement with analysis Different perspectives Wider governance issues Recommendations for new governance What does it mean for incumbents? Conclusion   Download the presentation: Mitchell C._Beesley Lecture 23rd Oct

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  • New Thinking: Looking at the NIC Regulatory Review

    October 22, 2019

    New Thinking: Looking at the NIC Regulatory Review

    Looking at the NIC Regulatory Review Catherine Mitchell – IGov Team, 22nd October, 2019   The NIC recently published its conclusions for its Regulatory Review. The EPG submitted evidence to the Review, and was also a member of the Challenge Panel. The Review explored whether the telecom, water and energy regulatory systems are able to deal with the current key challenges they face.  It was therefore a high level Review of UK Regulation, rather than a review of the details of each regulatory system. Overall, IGov is pretty pleased with the NIC outcomes. The Report

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  • Submission: NIC ‘The Future of Regulation Study’ Call for Evidence

    October 22, 2019

    Submission: NIC ‘The Future of Regulation Study’ Call for Evidence

    National Infrastructure Commission: ‘The Future of Regulation Study’ Call for Evidence Submission from the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Rebecca Willis, Richard Hoggett, Iain Soutar, Helen Poulter, Bridget Woodman, Emily Judson and Jess Britton Section 1: Introduction We, the Energy Policy Group (EPG), welcome the NIC’s Call for Evidence on the Future of Regulation. We are an energy group, and as such our comments are likely to be most relevant to energy regulation. Ultimately, we argue that it is Government which has to take responsibility for GB energy policy, and the way

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  • Submission: Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Net Zero Government

    October 17, 2019

    Submission: Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Net Zero Government

    Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Net Zero Government Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Supplementary note from Dr Rebecca Willis, Research Fellow   1. Overall government framework for net-zero Accountability and responsibility for net-zero: As we discussed, the UK’s Climate Change Act is world-leading, in setting a long-term target – now net-zero – and interim five-yearly budgets, overseen by the Committee on Climate Change. However, beyond the top-level responsibility held by BEIS, it is not clear who is responsible for delivering these targets. Many Departments and Agencies of government make reference to decarbonisation, but this

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  • 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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