These primers bring together some of the key outputs of IGov across a number of different themes. They provide a quick route into different areas of our research on energy system innovation and governance and highlight some of our key reads.

  • Primer – New York State REV

    February 25, 2019

    Primer – New York State REV

    IGov Primer – New York State Reforming the Energy Vision Context Formally proposed in 2014, the New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is a governance process that IGov has followed closely. Following Hurricane Sandy there was a mandate from the people of New York State to address the energy system. The approach taken was to proactively tear up the rule book to put in place a fit-for-purpose governance for sustainable technologies and new ways of system operation / customer wishes / business models / economic regulation.  We think the REV is a fundamentally different

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  • Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia

    February 18, 2019

    Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia

    IGov Primer – Energy System Change in Eastern Australia Context Australia is an example of where the ‘future’ energy system is already happening. This has been driven by a number of factors, which could happen to any country. System transformation is happening at such a rapid pace that the traditional institutional practices have been unable to keep- up with change, causing issues for both the technical and social aspects of transformation. This includes action by the Government and Regulator, with a clear lag between system change and its governance – an issue that is not

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  • Primer – DSPs and valuing DER

    February 11, 2019

    Primer – DSPs and valuing DER

    IGov Primer – Distribution Service Providers and valuing Distributed Energy Resources Distribution Service Providers (DSPs) The traditional three roles of utilities for planning, operations and market administration are being challenged by developments in technology, public policy goals, user preferences and business models. This raises questions over the future of the traditional distribution utility model in terms of: which of the three roles. Is it still valid that it should still have responsibility for the three roles; are there new functions (for example, local market coordination and balancing) which some distribution entity needs to take on

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  • Primer – Fit for Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework

    February 4, 2019

    Primer – Fit for Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework

    IGov Primer – Fit for Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework Context IGov has argued that governance (policies, institutions, rules and incentives of markets and networks, regulations such as codes, retail policy) could play a central role in transforming the current centralised, carbonised energy system into a decarbonised, flexible, equitable and secure energy system able to meet our greenhouse gas reductions. IGov has shown how the current governance framework within GB is not-fit-for-purpose for enabling this to happen; has argued why this is the case; and has put forward our own ideas for creating a governance framework

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  • Primer – Energy Codes and Licenses

    January 28, 2019

    Primer – Energy Codes and Licenses

    IGov Primer – Energy Industry Codes and Licenses Context IGov has consistently argued that the codes and licences that govern the energy system in GB need to change in order to better enable a low carbon transformation. Our thinking and research has included blogs, consultation submissions, a roundtable event, a number of papers and case studies. Our take away message is that self-regulation of Codes should cease and should be replaced by a Code Manager. Detailed information on all out outputs in chronological order are below. For a detailed overview of energy industry codes, the issues

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