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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: Simplifying energy governance to help the UK’s path to zero-carbon

    January 25, 2019

    New Thinking: Simplifying energy governance to help the UK’s path to zero-carbon

    Simplifying energy governance to help the UK’s path to zero-carbon  Rebecca Willis, IGov Team, 25th January 2019   The UK’s Climate Change Act sets an admirably simple, legally-binding framework for carbon reduction. The targets are clear. Yet the means to achieve them are opaque. As the government considers strengthening the UK’s targets, and moving toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the IGov project has offered evidence to the Committee on Climate Change on governance of the energy system. Pointing out the multiple, confusing institutions, policies and timeframes that characterise energy governance, IGov argue that

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  • Presentation: Jonathan Mullard, BEIS

    January 14, 2019

    Presentation: Jonathan Mullard, BEIS

    BEIS Local Energy Overview: Context So why local? Existing local energy activity Challenges Introducing the Local Energy programme Supporting LEPs Energy hubs Devolution Community energy   You can download the presentation here: Mullard_BEIS Catapult Presentation

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  • Global Insights: 11th December 2018

    December 11, 2018

    Global Insights: 11th December 2018

    AUSTRALIA South Australia Electricity report released Last year’s increase in rooftop PV and domestic battery storage, along with increased renewable generation, are changing the dynamics of the South Australian (SA) power system.  This year’s electricity report highlights the need for system strength to be more actively managed, the increased need for fast-start and rapid-response technologies and the possibility of a new interconnector to New South Wales.  The steps taken within the report show a positive response to the large amount of variable generation.  The Hornsdale Power reserve has shown the range of services able to

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  • Global Insights: 27th November 2018

    November 27, 2018

    Global Insights: 27th November 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMO expecting a hotter than average summer The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued its summer energy outlook and is expecting a hotter than average summer.   There is particular concern for the state of Victoria which has a 20% chance of not meeting the reliability standard.  Additional reserves of 930MW are being procured through the Reliability and Emergency Trader (RERT) mechanism to cover any shortfall over the National Electricity Market (NEM).  AEMO are aware that the unexpected may happen and have made plans with the wider energy industry and governments to try to

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  • Global Insights: 20th November 2018

    November 20, 2018

    Global Insights: 20th November 2018

    AUSTRALIA Network offers demand response incentives in NSW Ausgrid, the distribution network serving Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley in New South Wales is to offer its customers incentives to reduce their electricity use.  The demand response project, part funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will offer customers incentives to implement solar systems and efficient lighting in order to permanently reduce demand.  The aim of the project is to show, by reducing demand in this way, Ausgrid will be able to delay, or avoid, network augmentation so reducing costs for customers. Consultation

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  • Global Insights: 13th November 2018

    November 13, 2018

    Global Insights: 13th November 2018

    AUSTRALIA Renewables increasing output and reducing gas generation in the NEM The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released the Quarterly Energy Dynamics for Q2 2018.  Statistics for the quarter show an increase in renewable generation, both small and large scale; a marked reduction over the same period for gas generation and price reductions throughout the market.  Drivers for the price reductions were: reduced volatility in Victoria and South Australia; increased renewable output (including hydro) and reduced demand associated with seasonal temperature decreases and a reduction in gas powered generation (GPG).  Compared to the same

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  • Global Insights: 30th October 2018

    October 30, 2018

    Global Insights: 30th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA SA officially opens storage scheme South Australia (SA) has officially opened its subsidy scheme for household storage.  The $200m scheme will allow households to access grants and low-interest finance to purchase battery storage and rooftop PV.  The battery storage loans are on a sliding scale dependent on the amount of storage purchased.  The SA government have also prioritised a nine week window for batteries that are built in SA to encourage households to buy from local manufacturers. Currently SA is leading the world in percentage of households with rooftop PV which provides up to

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  • Presentation: Issues for GB Energy Policy and the IPCC

    October 23, 2018

    Presentation: Issues for GB Energy Policy and the IPCC

    Issues for GB Energy Policy and the IPCC From: Catherine Mitchell Lecture to: DTU Energy Engineering, 23rd October 2018 This presentation can be found here: CM DTU GB Energy Policy_

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  • Blog 2 of Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities

    October 19, 2018

    Blog 2 of Name, Form and Function of Distribution Entities

    Name, Function and Form of Distribution Entities – A brief description of the James McGinness 4 Blog Series By Catherine Mitchell – IGov team, 19th October 2018 A recent 4 blog series by James McGinness, Founding Partner of David Energy based in Brooklyn,  New York City has many interesting ideas about the future needs / functions / form etc. of a fit-for-purpose distribution entity (Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3, Blog 4).  His first blog sets out his overall argument on why now is the time to liberalise distribution networks; his 2nd blog talks more

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