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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
GB Energy Policy Overview
June 2014 | Ensymora Research Meeting, Jørlunde, 3rd June |PDF

Matthew Lockwood
The Belly Of A (System) Architect
May 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Introduction to IGov Progressive Energy Governance conference
May 2014 | Progressive Energy Governance | Link

Catherine Mitchell, Matthew Lockwood, Richard Hoggett, Caroline Kuzemko
Current rules and incentives: innovation in the energy system and emerging governance themes
May 2014 | Progressive Energy Governance | Link

Jess Britton
Local Enterprise Partnerships and the low carbon economy
May 2014 | Sub-National Government and Paths to Sustainable Energy Symposium |PDF

Catherine Mitchell
New Thinking Blog: In Matters Of Climate Change, The Environmental Requirement Must Take Precedent Over Short Term Economic Goals
May 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Shane Fudge
Energy demand management
May 2014| Public talk to Falmouth Aquarium, 7th May |PDF

Catherine Mitchell
IPCC Working Group III: policy for climate change
May 2014 | Transformational Climate Science | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
WG3 and policy for climate change
May 2014 | Transformational Climate Science | PDF

Dominic Maclaine
Issues for the next election
May 2014 | Guest Blog | Link

Heinke Theis 
Share, improve, save and inspire – Go LEEN!
May 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Politicising UK Energy: What Speaking Energy Security Can Do
Apr 2014 | Policy and Politics 42, 2 | Abstract

Matthew Lockwood
The political dynamics of green transformations: The roles of policy feedback and institutional context
Apr 2014 | EPG Working Paper | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 7th April, 2014
Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security
Apr 2014 |New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Ofgem finally gets smart
Apr 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell 
Future energy markets and networks in the UK and European Union in Ekins, P. and Watson, J. (eds.) UK Energy in a Global Context
Apr 2014 | EPG Blog |PDF

Richard Lowes
Biogas – Sustainable energy or just hot air
Mar 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Lena Kitzing and Catherine Mitchell
Achieving energy transitions: Which RES policies are best applied when? Reducing risk and creating an enabling environment 
Mar 2014|Energy Transitions, Joensuu- Finland | PDF 

Catherine Mitchell
Open letter of European economists on market premiums to Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Joaquín Almunia
Mar 2014| Open Letter | PDF 

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Putin unwittingly boosts European renewables
Mar 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
The development of Energy Policy from Vesting to Electricity Market Reform – the Winding Road
Mar 2014 | Presentation to Energy Institute & RE Group, 18th March | PDF 

Catherine Mitchell
Change and Inertia in the UK Energy System – getting our institutions and governance right
Mar 2014 | EPG Working Paper | PDF

Antony Froggatt
New Nuclear….high stakes, high costs
Mar 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change
Mar 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Are some green tariffs greener than others?
Mar 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Osborne’s Climate-Blind Budget Will Hit Clean Energy and Give Coal a New Lease of Life
Mar 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Climate Benchmarking: the Emergent and Contingent Politics of Climate Norm Creation
Mar 2014 | Presentation to BiGG workshop, University of Warwick, March 2014 | PDF

Richard Hoggett
Supply chains and energy security in a low carbon transition
Mar 2014 | Applied Energy (in press) | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Energy competitiveness in the Budget: going for cheap and dirty not lean and clean
Mar 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy policy
Mar 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Bridget Woodman and Richard Lowes
British Gas under the spotlight
Feb 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Ensuring Trust and Transparency in the Electricity Market
Feb 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
The capacity mechanism…again
Feb 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Lets Shine a Light on the Gas Industry – Update on Switching from BG
Feb 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The European 2030 package and the governance of the carbon market
Feb 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Tom Steward
Demand and Decarbonisation in 2050: Themes from Scenarios
Feb 2014 | EPG Working Paper | PDF 

Richard Hoggett
IGov overview and theories of change
February 2014 | Presentation to EPG Seminar Series |PDF

Matthew Lockwood and Catherine Mitchell 
EPG Response to DECC EMR Consultation on industry code and licence modifications
February 2014 | DECC | PDF

Jess Whiting 
Corpus Linguistics
February 2014 | Presentation to EPG Seminar Series |PDF

Shane Fudge
Community Energy Workshop: Outcomes & Actions
January 2014 | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
The EU and Russia: Devising Policy Amidst Complexity
January 2014 | Presentation to EPG Seminar Series 28 Jan | Link

Lena Kitzing
Risk implications of renewable support instruments: Comparative analysis of feed-in tariffs and premiums using a mean–variance approach
January 2014 | Energy 64 : 495–505 | Abstract

Caroline Kuzemko
Comparative (De)politicisations: Motivations, Rules and Contestations
January 2014 | Presentation to APDSG Workshop, Sheffield, 24 Jan | Link 

Iain Souter
Moving the immovable: is community energy a system-changer?
January 2014 | Presentation to EPG Seminar Series, 21 Jan | PDF 

Caroline Kuzemko 
Ideas, power and change: explaining EU–Russia energy relations
January 2014 | Journal of European Public Policy 21:1 58-75 | Abstract

Richard Hoggett
Technology scale and supply chains in a secure, affordable and low carbon energy transition
December 2013 | Applied Energy (in press) | Paper

Bridget Woodman
EPG Response to Energy and Climate Change Committee Inquiry on Inquiry on low carbon innovation
December 2013 | ECCC | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Happy 5th Birthday Climate Change Act: Don’t forget the 4th budget 
November 2013 | The Guardian: Political Science | Link

Matthew Lockwood 
Smart grid-lock? The role of ideas, interests and institutions in contestations over the future of electricity networks in Britain.
November 2013 | Constructing and contesting spaces for low-carbon energy innovation, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 26-28 November 2013 | PDF

Heinke Thies
Towards a low-carbon building sector: Applying a skill ecosystem approach to the building sector in Cornwall (presentation)
November 2013 | Lo-Lo Energy Demand Conference 22 Nov | PDF

Heinke Thies
Towards a low-carbon building sector: Applying a skill ecosystem approach to the building sector in Cornwall (poster)
November 2013 | Lo-Lo Energy Demand Conference 22 Nov | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Energy Security in a Multipolar World – conclusions and recommendations
November 2013 | BIEE Event 21st Nov  | PDF

Matthew Lockwood 
Is the Climate Change Act safe?
November 2013 | University of Sussex, 12th Nov | PDF

Shane Fudge, M. Peters, S.M. Hoffman & W. Wehrmeyer (Editors)
The Global Challenge of Encouraging Sustainable Living - Opportunities, Barriers, Policy and Practice
Published November 2013 | Edward Elgar

Shane Fudge
Community Energy Workshop
October 2013 | Presentation at Cornwall Community Energy Event 30-10-13 | PDF

Matthew Lockwood 
What can climate adaptation policy in sub-Saharan Africa learn from research on governance and politics?
October 2013 | Development Policy Review31(6) | Abstract

Matthew Lockwood 
System change in a regulatory state paradigm: the ‘smart’ grid in the UK
September 2013 |7th European Consortium for Political Research General Conference | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
Exploring the Politics of Low Carbon Energy Transition
September 2013 |7th European Consortium for Political Research General Conference | PDF

Matthew Lockwood
Paying for climate policy: The case for long-term public borrowing
September 2013 | Juncture, online edition | Link (open access) 

Catherine Mitchell, Jim Watson and Jessica Whiting
New Challenges in Energy Security – The UK in a Multipolar World
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Catherine Mitchell and Jim Watson
Conceptualising Energy Security
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Caroline Kuzemko and Michael Bradshaw
Energy Security: Geopolitics, Governance and Multipolarity
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Caroline Kuzemko, Antony Froggatt and Estelle Rouhaud
The Energy Security-Climate Nexus and the Environment
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Iain Soutar and Jess Whiting
Energy Security Policy in Britain: Markets, Complexity and Challenges
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Richard Hoggett, Nick Eyre and Malcolm Keay
Demand and Energy Security
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Catherine Butler, Sarah Darby, Tom Henfrey, Richard Hoggett and Nicola Hole
People and Communities in Energy Security
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Richard Hoggett
Supply Chains and Energy Security
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Catherine Mitchell and Jim Watson
New Challenges in Energy Security: the UK in a multipolar world – Conclusions and Recommendations
Published September 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Peters, M., Fudge, S. and Hoffman, S.
The persistent challenge of encouraging public participation in the low-carbon transition
August 2013 | Carbon Management 4 (4) 373-375. | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The Political Sustainability of Climate Policy: The case of the UK Climate Change Act
August 2013 | Global Environmental Change – online | Open Access

Kern, F., Kuzemko, C. and Mitchell, C.
Measuring and Explaining Policy Paradigm Change: the Case of UK Energy Policy
August 2013 |Public Policy – online | Abstract

Catherine Mitchell
How to Change the Balance of Power
July 2013 | New Statesman Century Edition, 118-119

Soutar, I., Hoggett, R., Devine Wright, P., Fudge, S. and Mitchell, C.
Submission by the Energy Policy Group and the Environment and Sustainability Research Group of the University of Exeter to the Call for Evidence concerning a Community Energy Strategy.
July 2013 | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
FITs and RPSs are under attack – what are the issues and how do we address them?
June 2013 |The Regulatory Assistance Project – Vermont, USA | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
UK Energy Transition – Ideational Variety and Differential Change
June 2013 | 4th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions| PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Community energy – benefits to Cornwall
June 2013 |Green Cornwall Show – Cornwall, UK | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
Being Specific about the Politics of Low Carbon Transitions
May 2013 | Earth and Environment Group, Leeds University | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
The Energy Security-Climate Nexus: Institutional Change in the UK and Beyond
Published May 2013 | Palgrave Macmillan

Richard Hoggett
Introduction to IGov Theorising Governance Change for a Sustainable Economy Workshop
April 2013 | IGov Workshop, British Library, London | PDF

Matthew Lockwood and Caroline Kuzemko
The importance of governance for innovation: a theory of practice transition
April 2013 | IGov Workshop, British Library, London | PDF

Piria, R., Lorenzoni, A., Mitchell, C., Timpe, C., Klessmann, C., Resch, G., Groscurth, H., Neuhoff, K., Ragwitz, M., Gonzalez, P., Cowart, R. and Leprich, U.
Ensuring renewable electricity investments: 14 policy principles for a post-2020 perspective
April 2013 | PDF

Hoffman, S., Fudge, S., Pawlisch, L., High-Pippert, A., Peters, M., Haskard, J. 
Public Values and Community Energy: Lessons from the US and UK. 
April 2013 | Sustainability 5 (4) 1747-1763. | Abstract | PDF (open access)