There is an enormous amount of change going on in energy systems (technology (supply, demand and operation); economics; social preferences; environmental understanding, business models etc) which is leading to uncertainty. Given this situation, energy policy decision-makers, when encouraging innovation: have to make the ‘right’ decisions, then; be constantly vigilant about unforeseen consequences, and then be prepared to ‘re-set’ the policy to get it back on track this requires a clear Vision and Direction This is designing governance (policies, institutions, market and network rules and incentives) to encourage a sustainable future, and then letting markets work within that framework. There is an accompanying paper to the presentation which argues that the GB energy system is likely to suffer serious disruption in the near to mid-term unless GB restructures its governance system to be fit for purpose to enable innovation rather than stifle it, as is the current situation. The paper Sets out general challenges facing energy system transformation; Sets out the additional, specific challenges faced by GB; Sets out principles of institutional reform; Sets out the solutions for the GB problems: the IGov framework.
IGov 23rd Nov 2016 read more »
Despite grand ambitions, Scotland will not achieve 100% renewables electricity generation by 2020, however experts believe it could still generate a healthy 50% of energy from renewable sources by 2030. But what changes need to be implemented in order to achieve this? In 2011 the Scottish government released its 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland, a plan of action which called for the delivery of 100% energy generation from renewables by 2020. With just four years to go, it is evident that this target will not be achieved. Instead, a goal of 50% renewable by 2030 could be an alternative target, according to a recent report*, which puts forward key actions for the Scottish Government. , It suggests that heat and transport should be the key focus in achieving this target, along with a continued focus on wind power. The new report comes as the Scottish Government seeks to develop a reformed energy strategy, and backs up pledges from several political parties which also support a 50% renewable all-energy target. The target also corresponds with that announced by industry body Scottish Renewables in its manifesto published in January of this year.
Renewable Energy Focus 23rd Nov 2016 read more »