Publications

Further information on publications and books that we produce and contribute to are available here.

  • 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, 1st August 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Exeter’s IGov project, analysing energy governance within Great Britain (GB) and elsewhere. 1.1 The current position: Outdated governance The fundamentals of GB energy governance

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  • Building gender balance in the energy research portfolio

    June 17, 2019

    Building gender balance in the energy research portfolio

    How to build gender balance in the energy research portfolio – we need a Power Shift Basia Cieszewska, Jess Britton, Julie Smith, 17th June 2016 The challenge of rapidly decarbonising our energy system can’t be addressed if only half of the population is involved. Unfortunately it’s old news that women are significantly underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, with the UK having the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU[1]. Across all academic disciplines women account for 58% of Postgraduate students but only 25% of Professors[2]. Chris Skidmore, Minister of State

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  • Briefing: Enabling the transformation of the energy system

    April 11, 2019

    Briefing: Enabling the transformation of the energy system

    Enabling the transformation of the energy system: Recommendations from IGov Rebecca Willis, Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Jess Britton, Helen Poulter IGov, University of Exeter 1st August 2019* Over the next few decades, the UK will need to steer a major transformation of the energy system, in order to maximise the benefits of innovation, bring about rapid decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and ensure that the system meets all people’s needs. The current picture of governance is confused, with multiple advisory and regulatory bodies, working to different objectives, overseeing different aspects

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  • Submission: Ofgem RIIO2 Methodology

    March 19, 2019

    Submission: Ofgem RIIO2 Methodology

    Ofgem: RIIO-2 sector specific methodology consultation Submission from the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Catherine Mitchell, Rebecca Willis, Richard Hoggett, Richard Lowes, Rachel Bray, Helen Poulter and Jess Britton   Section 1: Introduction and Summary The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is pleased to give our comments on Ofgem’s RIIO2 Sector Specific Methodology (SSM). The EPG has previously given its comments on Ofgem’s RIIO Framework Consultation and has written various blogs pressing for more ambition with respect to RIIO2’s environmental output requirements. We have also argued that we find the

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  • Submission: Ofgem Targeted Charging Review

    February 7, 2019

    Submission: Ofgem Targeted Charging Review

    Submission to Ofgem Targeted charging review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment Prof Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Dr Becky Willis, Jess Britton Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Summary This is a submission to the Targeted Charging Review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment [1] from Catherine Mitchell of the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group and its Innovation and Governance (IGov) project[2]. Ofgem’s Minded To document comes to two preferred options: one related to fixed charges (the preferred outcome), and the other related to some form of capacity charge. Much has been

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  • Report: Changing actor dynamics and emerging value propositions in the UK electricity retail market

    January 31, 2019

    Report: Changing actor dynamics and emerging value propositions in the UK electricity retail market

    Changing actor dynamics and emerging value propositions in the UK electricity retail market Published: January 2019 Recognising the pace and scale of change in consumer offerings in the energy sector the IGov project have updated the review of non-traditional business models (NTBMs) which Ofgem undertook in 2015. This involved mapping the current energy system actors based on a review and classification of domestic and non-domestic business models, particularly in relation to electricity supply (undertaken by Jeffrey Hardy). We then analysed these developments in relation to domestic supply and reviewed potential governance implications (undertaken by Jess

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  • Submission: CCC – Building a zero carbon economy

    January 24, 2019

    Submission: CCC – Building a zero carbon economy

    Building a zero carbon economy – Call for Evidence IGov response to the Committee on Climate Change Dr Rebecca Willis & Professor Catherine Mitchell, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter   Summary IGov, a project of the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group, examines innovation and governance in the energy system. We focus on the fundamental, rapid energy system change that is happening at the moment, driven by technological, social and environmental factors; and examine the shifts in governance that are required in order to meet crucial goals, including carbon reduction. The evidence offered to

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  • Letter: Wylva nuclear power plant

    January 21, 2019

    Letter: Wylva nuclear power plant

    Scrapping of nuclear plant should see UK renewables filling the void Readers respond to news that Hitachi has pulled out of the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant in Anglesey Letters in the Guardian: Fri 18 Jan 2019  The pulling out of Hitachi from the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant is a good thing for energy policy – not a serious blow as said in the article (Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, 18 January). Nuclear power is now one of the most expensive form of electricity there is. But beyond the economics, it no

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  • Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    October 10, 2018

    Submission: Ofgem electricity network access and charging

    Ofgem Consultation: Getting more out of our electricity networks through reforming access and forward-looking charging arrangements Rachel Bray and Catherine Mitchell Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Summary Running the energy system costs society and the customer a certain total amount every year. That sum of that cost is currently derived in a particular way – transmission costs, distribution costs, including charging costs, wholesale market costs etc – and via a certain methodology and regulatory mechanism and then paid for via customer bills before finally being reimbursed to different parts of the energy system by suppliers

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