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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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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

Dominic Maclaine
Competition isn’t working …oh yes it is say former regulators
August 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Environmental politics in a cold climate
August 2014 | Juncture 21.1 | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Competition isn’t working …oh yes it is say former regulators
August 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Jessica Britton and Bridget Woodman 
Local Enterprise Partnerships and the low-carbon economy: Front runners, uncertainty and divergence
August 2014 | Local Economy online | Abstract

C. Mitchell, B. Woodman, M. Lockwood, O. Fitch-Roy, T. Steward, R. Hoggett
Submission to CMA energy market investigation
August 2014 | Competition & Markets Authority | PDF

Antony Froggatt and Mycle Schneider
UK Out of Step with Global Nuclear Trends
August 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
The odd couple – will a new Strategy and Policy Statement help sort out the relationship between government and Ofgem?
August 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Climate change – it’s not too late to change gloomy prognosis
August 2014 | Western Morning News | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Lessons from America Series: A quick link to all 8 blogs – Lets not be so parochial in GB
August 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Capacity market details and demand side response
August 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Women and Energy
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Snouts in the uncertainty trough
July 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
The Boundary of The CMA Energy Market Investigation
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

R. Hoggett, M. Lockwood, C. Mitchell and T. Steward
Submission to ECCC call for evidence on electricity demand-side measures
July 2014 | Energy & Climate Change Committee | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Is the US form of ‘decoupling’ transferable to GB?
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Fossil fuel subsidy reform, rent management and political fragmentation in developing countries
July 2014 | New Political Economy | 
Abstract & Link

Catherine Mitchell
Letter in Response to Guardian Article: Price of Electricity could double over the next 20 years
July 2014 | The Guardian | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Customer Default Service with Competitive Retail – is this the way forward in GB?
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Comparative political economy of sustainable energy transitions
July 2014 | UKERC Annual Assembly | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Blog from Berlin: Part Eins
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Worrying analogies between the EMR process and the California Electricity Crisis 2001
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Iain Soutar & Catherine Mitchell
Is small beautiful (and how beautiful)? Understanding the role of community energy within the wider UK energy system
July 2014 | Norwich Conference on Earth Systems Governance |PDF

Catherine Mitchell
If only the GEMA was more like a US Public Utility Commission
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision
July 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Presentation: Understanding the Politics of UK Sustainable Energy Transition: Governance and Outcomes
June 2014 | Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Environmental politics in a cold climate
June 2014 | Juncture 21.1 (89-96): Summer 2014 | Introduction

Caroline Kuzemko
Climate Norm Creation and Interactions with Energy Governance
June 2014 | BISA Annual Conference, Dublin | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Will switching change make a big difference?
June 2014 | EPG Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
UK Energy Governance: Change, Capacity and Interactions
June 2014 | Canterbury Christ Church University | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Can the very different US Regulatory System Provide Insights for Energy Regulation in Britain/Europe?
June 2014 | New Thinking Blog | Link

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

Catherine Mitchell
Introduction to IGov
May 2014 | IGov Progressive Energy Governance | PDF

C. Mitchell, M. Lockwood, R. Hoggett, C. Kuzemko
Current rules and incentives: innovation in the energy system and emerging governance themes
May 2014 | IGov Progressive Energy Governance | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
The challenge of mitigation – the outcomes of the Working Group III report
May 2014 | Transformational Climate Science public meeting | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
The challenge of mitigation – the outcomes of the Working Group III report
May 2014 | Transformational Climate Science Conference | PDF

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

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