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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.

Impact of Non-Energy Policies on Energy Systems

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

Energy systems are not only affected by energy policies, but by a wide range of other policies. Yet there has been little systematic analysis of this issue, and the knowledge that does exist is often not integrated across disciplines and sectors. The aims of this scoping paper are to i) produce a comprehensive review of existing research on the impact of non-energy policies on energy systems; and on the basis of this ii) propose a future research agenda.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

Timed to discuss the Government’s consultation into developing a smart energy system, this seminar will assess the next steps and policy priorities for making the ‘smart grid’ a reality. Delegates will evaluate the options for establishing a flexible and low-carbon electricity network, including an assessment of how new system measures such as demand-side response and automated processes should be integrated into standard network operations, as well as the role of increased energy storage capacity in managing and responding to demand changes.

Next steps for energy efficiency policy in England

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

This seminar will discuss the future for energy efficiency schemes in businesses and homes across England, and next steps for energy efficiency policy. With the conclusion of the updated Energy Companies Obligation due in March, and the CRC scheme set to end by 2019, this conference offers a timely opportunity for delegates to engage on the direction of Government policy in energy efficiency.

Speakers include senior figures from Whitehall, business and academia.

Smart prepayment and fuel poverty

By Editor on 26th October 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report, written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy for Eaga Charitable Trust and Citizen’s Advice, aims to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of the growing use of smart prepayment (PPM) meters on fuel poverty, in particular amongst households already using conventional PPMs, a group that historically has been poorly served by the energy market. 

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