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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.

Our new thinking...

Catherine Mitchell
Momentum is increasing towards a flexible electricity system based on renewables

February 2016 | Nature Energy | Link‌

Kuzemko, C., Lockwood, M., Mitchell, C. & Hoggett, R.
Governing for sustainable energy system change: Politics, contexts and contingency

February 2016 | Energy Research and Social Science | Link‌

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Specific design elements for RES auctions: Pre-qualification rules and penalties

January 2016 | AURES Webinar | Link‌ & PDF

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Auctions for renewable energy support in California: Instruments and lessons learnt

December 2015 | AURES Report | Link‌

Oscar Fitch-Roy
An offshore wind union? Diversity and convergence in European offshore wind governance

December 2015 | Climate PolicyLink‌

Catherine Mitchell
The man at the bar
December 2015 | IGov Blog | Link‌

Catherine Mitchell
Energy system change, not climate change
December 2015 | IGov Blog | Link‌

Anthony Froggatt & Amelia Hadfield
Deconstructing the European Energy Union: Governance and 2030 goals
December 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1507 | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
Climate change benchmarking: Constructing a sustainable future?
December 2015 | Review of International StudiesLink

Bridget Woodman
Developing the UK energy market: overview and assessment
November 2015 | Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum | PDF

Anthony Froggatt
State of the Energy Union: We need clear targets & effective governance
November 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Anthony Froggatt
A comparison of the European Climate and Energy 2020 and 2030 packages
November 2015 | EPG Working Paper 1506 | PDF

Iain Soutar
The role of social capital in energy systems transformation: Insights from community energy
November 2015 | SCORAI workshop, Vienna | Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
Contemporary US political party energy politics
November 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Introduction to code governance
November 2015 | Code Governance for the 21st Century, London | Presentation

Dominic Maclaine
Too cheap to meter? – I don’t think so!
November 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Energy policy – a global move to renewables and energy efficiency
November 2015 | Global Conversation, New York| Presentation

IGov Team
Codes governance and reform discussion paper
November 2015 | IGov Website | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
Oral evidence: Inquiry into ‘A smarter energy future for Wales’
November 2015 | National Assembly for Wales | Link

Kuzemko, C., Britton, J., Soutar, I. & Woodman, B.
Written response: Inquiry into ‘A smarter energy future for Wales’
November 2015 | National Assembly for Wales | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Fit-for-purpose GB energy governance
October 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Pulling wool over your eyes
October 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Iain Soutar
The strategic importance of democratising energy
October 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Tomorrow’s utilities – what future?
October 2015 | Cornwall Energy | Presentation

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Viewpoint: Wind offers optimism to the climate topic
October 2015 | Windpower MonthlyLink

Catherine Mitchell
Progressive regulation – what future for Ofgem?
October 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Dominic Maclaine
Dealing with an unwanted guest
October 2015 | EPG Blog | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Saving face
September 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Caroline Kuzemko
Politicising UK energy: What ‘speaking energy security’ can do
September 2015 | Chapter 8 in ‘Tracing the Political’ by Flinders, M. & Wood, M. | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Governance and transition to a sustainable energy system
September 2015 | Incumbent dynamics in energy transitions, Berlin | Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
Energy system of the future
September 2015 | SET Plan Conference 2015, Luxembourg | Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
China gives priority to green dispatch
September 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Woodman, B., Mitchell, C., Lowes, R., Dutton, J., Hoggett, R., Steward, T., Lockwood, M. & Kuzemko, C.
Submission to Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry on ECC priorities for holding Government to account
September 2015 | ECC website | Link

Catherine Mitchell
Electricity markets and their regulatory systems for a sustainable future
September 2015 | Chapter 23 in ‘Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications’ by Ekins, P., Bradshaw, M. & Watson, J. | Link

Matthew Lockwood
Heat and the city community: The institutional roots of Danish energy conversion efficiency
September 2015 | University of Edinburgh | Presentation

Jess Britton
The Bristol Method: How to use heat networks to lower the carbon footprint of a city
September 2015 | Bristol Green Capital 2015 | PDF

Catherine Mitchell
Energy and Corbynomics
September 2015 | New Thinking Blog | Link

Mitchell, C., Woodman, B., Lockwood, M., Britton, J., Kuzemko, C. & Hoggett, R.
Comments on the CMA Energy Market Investigation – Provisional findings and possible remedies
September 2015 | IGov Website | PDF

Caroline Kuzemko
The political economy of sustainable energy transitions
August 2015 | International Sustainability Transitions Conference, Sussex | Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
International comparisons of governance and innovation
August 2015 | European School of Management and Technology, Berlin | Presentation

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

Catherine Mitchell
On Reflection: We must not recreate the wrong market model 
August 2015 | Windpower Monthly | 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 Mitchell
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 | 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 Soutar
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

Oscar Fitch-Roy
An offshore wind union? Diversity and convergence in European offshore wind governance
June 2015 | Conference paper: The 2020 Strategy Experience: Lessons for Regional Cooperation, EU Governance and Investment | Link

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 | 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

Caroline Kuzemko
Energy depoliticisation in the UK: Destroying political capacity
April 2015 | The British Journal of Politics and International RelationsLink

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

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Offshore wind economic issues
March 2015 | Inter-governmental workshop, EWEA | Programme

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 QuarterlyAbstract & 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

Ranjit Bharvirkar
Paradigm shift in the electricity sector
February 2015 | Guest presentation, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai | Presentation

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