Key themes in the energy market for 2017

2017 could see further interesting and potentially dramatic changes to the UK energy market. In this post I explore some of the key themes for the coming year.   # Creation of an Independent System Operator Throughout 2016 pressure was growing for the UK to explore adopting an independent system operator model, with a report from…

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Decarbonisation of transport: exploiting seasonal phenomena

I’ve recently written about the work of the Energy Policy group at Exeter University, however another team at Exeter is exploring a novel way of transport which has significant benefits in terms of speed and efficiency, while also having very low carbon emissions. Geophysicist, Dr Katy Sheen of the University’s geography department has been studying…

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Creation of local energy markets

This week saw the launch of a £19 million 3-year local energy market pilot in Cornwall. The programme, developed by Centrica and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, comprises four elements: A virtual flexibility marketplace; A DSR platform for businesses; Energy storage; and Micro CHP and/or batteries to be installed in up to 100…

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IFA outage: a blessing in disguise?

In my last post I commented on the impact low nuclear output in France could have on the UK electricity market, noting that if the interconnector switches to export mode, there would be a 4 GW net effect on UK capacity margins. Since then we have seen the news that due to damage sustained during…

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Why we shouldn’t be ignoring the French nuclear problem

When the UK government gave the final approval for Hinkley Point C in September this year, people could have been forgiven for thinking that a new generation of nuclear reactors was a done deal for the UK. The decision having been made, everyone now seems content to sit and wait for EDF to complete construction…

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Policy and financial innovation as important as new technologies in the energy transition

Energy policy is frequently described in terms of the “trilemma”: decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability. Delivering this three-pointed objective requires a three-pointed approach: technological, policy and financial innovation. None of these in isolation can deliver the energy policy objectives.   Technological innovation delivers new possibilities for the energy system The impact of technological innovation…

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