Change and Inertia in the UK Energy System – getting our institutions and governance right
By: Catherine Mitchell – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter
EPG Working Paper: 1402
The Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable Economy (IGov) website introduces the ideas behind IGov. This WP expands on this to explain what the IGov project will be focussing on over its lifetime.
IGov argues that governance of an energy transition is not just about understanding (1) its technocratic requirements; nor (2) is it confined to understanding the policy, regulatory, institutional and incentive requirements, and how they fit together. As important (3) is to understand the politics behind energy governance structure. This is not just what rules and incentives are in place but how and why they are in place.
The WP gives a brief introduction to the governance of the electricity and heat sector; asked how institutions, rules and incentives are put in place; gives examples of links between governance and innovation (change) or inertia; sets out the IGov early thinking on challenges in the current energy system; early thinking on governance issues; it sets out possible hallmarks of a governance system which encourages change; and it concludes.
Keywords: Governance, regulation, change, inertia, innovation
Date: March 2014
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