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Energy Policy Group

The Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter provides an academic hub for the interdisciplinary study of energy policy. We place sustainability and change at the heart of debates about energy policy and governance. We work collaboratively with stakeholders and researchers on the economics and politics of energy to find new and innovative approaches for enabling the transition to a low carbon, sustainable and affordable energy system. Find out more about our team, vision and work here.

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Catherine Mitchell
International comparisons of governance and innovations for transformation in electricity systems
August 2015 |
MBA at ESMT, Berlin, 24th August | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Progressive Energy Policy Series
August 2015 | IGov News | 
Link

Catherine Mitchell
US Blog: The US Clean Power Plan 2015
August 2015 | New Thinking blog | 
Link

Dominic Maclaine
Is it time to bite the bullet?
August 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
NY Reforming the Energy Vision – an update
August 2015 | New Thinking blog | 
Link

Catherine Mitchell
Embracing change and capturing opportunities of the ‘new’ energy system requires a new mind set
August 2015 | No resource is 100% reliable blog | 
Link

Catherine Mitchell
A realistic ‘what if’ model
August 2015 | No resource is 100% reliable blog | 
Link

Catherine Mitchell
A 100% renewable energy system operation on no wind, no sun days
July 2015 | No resource is 100% reliable blog| 
Link

Joseph Dutton
EU Energy Policy and the Third Package
July 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1505 |
PDF

Catherine Mitchell
US polar vortex and energy
July 2015 | No resource is 100% reliable blog | 
Link

Inga Boie
The impact of non-economic barriers and the regulatory environment on the market diffusion of renewable energy technologies in EU countries
July 2015 | EPG Meeting, Falmouth, 17th July | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
The Belgian nuclear winter
July 2015 | No resource is 100% reliable blog |
Link

Catherine Mitchell
A No-Regret Energy Policy- reduce, flatten and flex
July 2015 | No resource is 100% reliable blog | 
Link

Bridget Woodman
Last Past the Post: UK nuclear, whatever the evidence
July 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Florian Kern, Caroline Kuzemko & Catherine Mitchel
How And Why Do Policy Paradigms Change; And Does It Matter? The Case Of Uk Energy Policy
July 2015 | Chpt 13 in Policy Paradigms in Theory and Practice |
Link

Catherine Mitchell
What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?
July 2015 | New Thinking Blog | 
Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Germany’s Coal Decision: boon for incumbents or start of longer term phase out?
July 2015 | New Thinking Blog | 
Link

Catherine Mitchell
Renewables: how far can we go?
July 2015 | ECIU, London 15th July | 
PDF

Bridget Woodman
Low carbon priorities for the new government
July 2015 | In Aldersgate Group: A Brighter, More Secure Future EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The CMA on governance Part 2: DECC and Ofgem
July 2015 | New Thinking Blog | 
Link

Dominic Maclaine
Are they that easily bamboozled?
July 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The CMA on governance Part 1: Codes
July 2015 | New Thinking Blog | 
Link

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Viewpoint: Auctions -- The myth of market forces
June 2015 | Windpower Monthly | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Governing UK Suppliers: enabling or constraining demand management?
June 2015 | New Thinking Blog | 
Link

Jess Britton
The return of the local state? District heating and remunicipalisation in the UK.
June 2015 | Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference, Norway, 11th June | PDF

Iain Souter
Social capital: a key ingredient of energy system transformation
June 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Scotland breaks Labour’s back
June 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: The politics of institutional change
June 2015 | Environmental Innovation & Societal Transitions | Link (open access)  

Catherine Mitchell
Winter is Coming
June 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood 
The UK energy system: the challenge of institutional inertia
June 2015 | Solar Trade Association, London | PDF  

Catherine Mitchell & Xiaoyu Yan
Surviving a Sandpit
June 2015 | University of Exeter | PDF & Audio Slideshow

Catherine Mitchell
The New Power Interview
June 2015 | New Power 76 | PDF

C Kuzemko; J Britton; R Hoggett; C Mitchell; I Soutar; T Steward
Ofgem Consultation Response: NTBMs: Supporting transformative change in the energy market
May 2015 | Ofgem | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
What role can energy play in mitigating climate change?
May 2015 | Climate and Us | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Scotland breaks Labour’s back
May 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
A new normal
May 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation
May 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1504 | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Designing energy policy under uncertainty
May 2015 | Nature Climate Change vol. 5, issue 6| Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Energy Governance, Suppliers and Demand Side Management
May 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1503 | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Being a ‘successful’ policy academic
May 2015 | EPG, UoE | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
Presentation to Palgrave Macmillan
May 2015 | Palgrave, Exeter | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Tesla home storage a ‘nail in the coffin of conventional utilities’
May 2015 | Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Managed disruption: the push and pull of policy in Germany
May 2015 | Renewables International & New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Two internal logics: the Labour Party and the CMA – one more useful than the other
April 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

C Mitchell, B Woodman, C Kuzemko, R Hoggett
Comments on the CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement
April 2015 | CMA | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Progressive Energy Policy Pivots
April 2015 | IGov website | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Political momentum for renewable energy policies: Lessons from the UK, Germany and Denmark
April 2015 | British Embassy & Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,| PDF

Catherine Mitchell
The State of the Power Sector in Europe
April 2015 | Future of Utilities Workshop, Chatham House | PDF

Dominic Maclaine
A Long and Tortuous Road
April 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Toward a Decentralised Demand-Focused Electricity System: Policy Design and Challenges
April 2015 | British Embassy & Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,| PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Getting our Act Together
April 2015 | The House Magazine| PDF

Catherine Mitchell
First-past-the-post Politics is a Major Barrier in GB to a Legitimate, Long term Energy Policy Framework
April 2015 | New Thinking Blog & Cornwall Energy Spectrum | Link

C Mitchell, B Woodman, C Kuzemko. R Hoggett
Public Value Energy Governance: establishing an institutional framework which better fits a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system
March 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1502 | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
GB Energy Policy – constraints and opportunities
March 2015 | Cornwall Energy Island, Eden Project | PDF

Matthew Lockwood
Stern Review 2.0? The Report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
March 2015 | The Political Quarterly | Abstract & Link

Catherine Mitchell
Report on energy policy ‘offers little new wisdom’
March 2015 | Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit | Link

Antony Froggatt
International Energy Governance
March 2015 | Deconstructing the European Energy Union, Canterbury | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
The Government’s Capacity Market reforms are a missed opportunity
March 2015 | Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The politics of UK renewable electricity
March 2015 | Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group, Aalborg | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Book Review: Electricity Supply – the British Experiment….the intentions were good
March 2015 | IGov Website| Link

Dominic Maclaine
Squaring the circle
March 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
The IGov Project
March 2015 | Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, Sussex| PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Fuelling the Debate: Future challenges in energy policy
March 2015 | Energy & Climate Change Select Committee| PDF & Video

Antony Froggatt
UK Joins Growing List of Countries Producing more Power from Renewables than Nuclear
March 2015 | EPG Blog| Link

Bridget Woodman
Energy companies' loyalty problem lights the way forward
February 2015 | The Conversation | Link

Tom Steward
Mapping Policies for Improved Efficiency & Reductions in Final Demand: All Sectors (Excluding Transport)
February 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1501 | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Last ditch bullying by Coalition Government to keep Hinkley on track
February 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Looming election fuels blogosphere chatter
February 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
From ‘dirty’ energy to sustainable energy: UK Energy Policy and the role of community energy
February 2015 | Exeter Community Energy, Exeter | Link

Tom Steward
Turning a First Step into a Journey: Energy Efficiency in the Private Rental Sector
February 2015 | New Thinking Blog| Link

Catherine Mitchell
CMA Energy Market Investigation – Updated Issues Statement
February 2015 | IGov Website | Link

IGov Team
The IGov Project
February 2015 | RCUK Strategy Fellow Team, London | PDF

Catherine Mitchell, Bridget Woodman & Matthew Lockwood
CMA Energy Market Investigation
February 2015 | CMA | Link

Catherine Mitchell
We need Board Quota’s for Women in Energy
February 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Joseph Dutton
An unhappy New Year for the UK shale revolution
February 2015 | Global Law and Business | Link

Catherine Butler, Caroline Kuzemko & Bridget Woodman
What is UK Energy Policy For? Fossil Fuel Support and Policy Contradictions
January 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Iain Soutar
The use (and abuse?) of evidence in the development of the UK Community Energy Strategy
January 2015 | Global Sustainability Institute Conference | PDF

Dominic Maclaine
Is there life in this zombie parliament?
January 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The empire strikes back – first capacity auction outcomes
January 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Rethinking the role of energy – the Labour 14th January debate
January 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Iain Soutar
Forget the ‘trilemma’ – tackling the fourth challenge of inertia is the key to unlocking a sustainable energy future
January 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The Political Dynamics of Green Transformations: Feedback Effects and Institutional Context
January 2015 | Routledge | Link

EPG Group
Energy Policy Group
December 2014 | UoE Environment and Sustainability Group | PDF

O. Fitch-Roy
Wind's new EU future must play to its strengths
December 2014 | Wind Power Monthly | Link

C. Mitchell
Sugar Plum Fairies
December 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

C. Kuzemko
Can the UK become an entrepreneurial state?
December 2014 | Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute | Link

C. Mitchell
Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will worsen energy ‘trilemma’
December 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

P. Connor, L. Xie, R. Lowes, J. Britton and T. Richardson
The development of renewable heating policy in the United Kingdom
November 2014 | Renewable Energy (online) | Abstract

C. Mitchell
Innovation, Governance and Affordability for a Sustainable and Secure Economy
November 2014 | UoE Business School | PDF

C. Mitchell, B. Woodman and C. Kuzemko
Bringing International and Local Together – Decentralising Energy Regulation
November 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Thomas Steward
Skills for the Future
November 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Book Review of The Entrepreneurial State - Debunking Public versus Private Sector Myths
November 2014 | IGov website | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Blog from Berlin Part Drei – Welfare and Sustainable Energy Transitions
November 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Richard Lowes
Fascinating UKERC Gas Report but the UK has had its Golden Age
November 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Thomas Steward
Growth, Efficiency, and EU Targets
November 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Bridget Woodman
Mapping the Power in the Electricity System
November 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Waiting for winter
November 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Measuring and explaining policy paradigm change – the case of UK energy policy
October 2014 | Policy & Politics Blog | Link

Richard Lowes
Does anyone know where the UK gets its gas from?
October 2014 | IGov website | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Having your cake and eating it
October 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

B. Woodman, C. Mitchell, M. Lockwood and C. Kuzemko
Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement
October 2014 | DECC | PDF

Dominic Maclaine
Like autumn follows summer
October 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
German Sustainable Transition - Governance Enablers & Constraints
October 2014 | Ofgem | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Network governance and distributed energy resources
October 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Blog and Paper

Catherine Mitchell
Is the centralised utility model past its sell-by date?
October 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Capacity market and DSR – the thin purple line
October 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

C. Mitchell, A. Froggatt and R. Hoggett
Governance and disruptive energy systems
September 2014 | Incumbent-Challenger Interactions, Stuttgart | Presentation and Paper

Dominic Maclaine
Has power been a poison chalice for the Lib Dems?
September 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The times, they are a’changing
September 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Why Culture and Institutions Matter in Low Carbon Transformations
September 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Heinke Thies
Towards a Low-carbon Building Sector: The Influence of Skills Provision on Low-carbon Pathway Scenarios
September 2014 | 10th BIEE Conference, Oxford |PDF