Fears over intermittent solar and wind power were “overblown” and those who said they would jeopardise Britain’s ability to keep the lights on have been “proved wrong”, Greg Clark, the new business and energy secretary has claimed. In his first major speech on energy since his appointment in July, Mr Clark set out his stall firmly in favour of green technologies, vowing it was “imperative” that Britain used “every industrial policy lever that we have” to hit its climate change targets. While he acknowledged that the intermittent nature of wind and solar farms – which only generate power when the wind blows or the sun shines – was “creating new challenges for the system”, he insisted that “the fears we had, even less than a decade ago, of the impact of intermittency – those fears were overblown”.
Telegraph 11th Nov 2016 read more »
IGov2 argues that the GB energy system effectively runs along two streams: the conventional ‘old’ energy system and the ‘new’ entrants and non-traditional practices which are occurring around the edges of the conventional systems. This is often: despite policy rather than because of it; trying to survive despite them doing what Government says it wants; and uncoordinated and without directional oversight. IGov2 is trying to understand the governance needs of that ‘new’ system and its actors. IGov2 is therefore more current and forward looking than the IGov focus – which aimed to explain why the move to a demand focused, energy efficient energy system in GB was having so many problems. IGov2 is exploring change that is happening at the moment; the different dimensions of that change [eg: business models, gender, technology, markets, networks, ownership, political systems, system operation and economics, social preferences]; and the reasons behind that change. One aspect of understanding that change is to understanding the political economy context. IGov looked at this but IGov2 will be expanding this area.
IGov 10th Oct 2016 read more »