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Priorities for energy security in the UK

By Robert Lyons on 15th February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to assess initiatives and policy priorities for a secure energy supply. Delegates will consider the future mix of electricity generation sources for the UK, including the roles of fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy in delivering reliable and affordable energy.

Applications now open for 2017 CIED Summer School

By Robert Lyons on 1st February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 17:00

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) Summer School, which takes place on 10-12 July 2017 at the University of Sussex, will provide a unique opportunity to highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to hear from leading thinkers in the fields of innovation and energy demand. Researchers will also take part in collaborative learning and participatory activities and meet other research students and early career researchers from around the world.

Greening the grid

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This extended article, now available on the ESRC website notes that while a future where renewable energy prevails is a dream for many, today the UK is still heavily reliant on older power generation technology such as coal, gas and nuclear. What steps are necessary to make the renewable energy future a reality?

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Date and Time: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 09:30 to 15:30

Open University, Milton Keynes

Part of the ESRC Seminar Series (2015-17) – Green Innovation: Making it Work.

The Speird Project

By Robert Lyons on 14th December 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Scottish Government’s statistics now show that rural households spend more on energy to heat their homes than urban equivalents. However, research conducted by the project team using data from households in Renfrewshire has found this ‘energy spend gap’ is more significant than those statistics suggest, whilst other research has shown that influences on the energy spend of rural households are also highly multi-facted.

This study presents results from a smart metering intervention that provided detailed individual desk-based energy feedback to help individuals reduce energy in an organisation. Although the intervention was based on the study of individuals, this paper explores how the technology was socialised, and was set to explore changes in normative influence (descriptive and injunctive norms) around specific energy services, before and after the intervention.

Priorities for developing energy efficiency in Scotland

By Robert Lyons on 6th December 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

Central Edinburgh

This seminar discusses next steps for improving energy efficiency in Scotland.

The agenda includes a keynote contribution from Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, The Scottish Government. 

New papers on energy transition research

By Robert Lyons on 6th December 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The journal Energy Research & Social Science has published a set of new research papers examining the political, sociological and psychological aspects of a transition to new energy systems. The papers cover questions around evaluation, measurement, behaviour change and more.

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A consultation tool written jointly by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was launched at the Town and Country Planning Association’s ‘Are we planning for the climate challenge’ event. The new tool lets communities take the lead in planning their own low-carbon future. It adopts CSE and CPRE’s new ‘Future Energy Landscapes’ approach that shows that putting local people at the centre of energy planning can result in ambitious vision and targets.

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On 30 November, the European Commission presented a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets. The Commission wants the EU to lead the clean energy transition, not only adapt to it. For this reason the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens.

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