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Review of UK Energy Policy


Citation Watson, J., Ekins, P., Wright, L., Eyre, N., Bell, K., Darby, S., Bradshaw, M., Webb, J., Gross, R., Anable, J., Brand, C., Chilvers, J., and Pidgeon, N. Review of UK Energy Policy. 2016.
Author(s) Watson, J., Ekins, P., Wright, L., Eyre, N., Bell, K., Darby, S., Bradshaw, M., Webb, J., Gross, R., Anable, J., Brand, C., Chilvers, J., and Pidgeon, N.
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Abstract

This review takes stock of UK energy policy ahead of the Autumn Statement, Industrial Strategy and new Emissions Reduction Plan. Its main recommendations are:

  1. An integrated, evidence based approach to the new Industrial Strategy and Emissions Reductions Plan. The Industrial Strategy should set out clear priorities and the mechanisms for realising benefits for the UK
  2. A new White Paper on Heat and Energy Efficiency
  3. A ‘Gas by Design’ approach to the future of gas that is compatible with carbon budgets and targets
  4. A  new approach to CCS commercialisation and deployment, in response to the Oxburgh report
  5. An extension of the Levy Control Framework beyond 2020, and plans for auctions that include most large-scale electricity technologies and demand reduction in a single auction
  6. Reform of the Capacity Mechanismso it gives equal treatment to all flexibility options, including demand side response and storage. This should be coupled with fairer treatment of energy storage
  7. Strengthened vehicle emissions standards that drive a shift to low carbon, cleaner technologies and are designed to endure after Brexit.
  8. A comprehensive programme of public engagement with energy system change at national and local levels. This should include mechanisms for the outcomes to influence policy decisions, incentives for bottom-up initiatives such as community energy, and measures to support shifts to more sustainable patterns of consumption.