Power Distributions: Local Authorities & Sustainable Energy
This ESRC funded project analyses local authority sustainable energy programmes. Particular attention is paid to the implications of political devolution and decentralising energy systems for local government capacities to govern and for the types of choices that they can make. Case study areas: West Midlands Combined Authority, Bristol, Cornwall, Nottingham, and Cardiff. Read more.
4. Roundtable, Terrace Room D, Houses of Parliament, 27 May 2019
The project Policy Brief, Local Sustainable Energy Taskforce, was launched at a roundtable dinner in Parliament on the 27 March 2019. The roundtable was hosted by UK100 and was attended by MPs, local councillors, and a BEIS representative. For a link to the Policy Brief see here.
3. Workshop: A New Sustainable Energy Knowledge & Coordination Resource for the UK?On the 15th February 2019 representatives of local government, think tanks, and academics met to discuss how to improve access for local authorities to sustainable energy information.
2. Conference: Local Authority Sustainable Energy: Opportunities, Constraints, Ways Forward: 14th September, 2018, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London
This conference brought together personnel working in local authorities on sustainable energy with other stakeholders in order to discuss experiences, exchange ideas and make new connections. We discussed questions around: the apparent lack of co-ordiantion between national and local sustainable energy policy; devolution; and routes to financing local energy.
Polly Billington (Finance), UK100; Steffi Harangozo (Legal & Policy), North Yorkshire County Council; John Kolm-Murray (Legal & Policy), Greater London Authority; Andrew Waggott (Finance), Portsmouth City Council; Mark Bramah (Finance), Municipia; Steve Cains (Legal & Policy), Public Power Solutions; Calum Robertson (Place & Planning), Zero Waste Scotland; Andrew Briggs (Place & Planning), Stoke-on-Trent City Council; Hywel Lloyd (Place & Planning), Institute of Public Policy Research/UK100; and Caroline Kuzemko (International View), University of Warwick.
To access their slides, please click on each name highlighted in blue.
1. On the 17th March 2017 we hosted an academic workshop on 'Decentralisations: Political Devolution and Sustainable Transitions' - for information please click on the separate tab 'Decentralisations workshop'
Policy BriefOn the 27th March 2019 a policy brief, 'Local Sustainable Energy Taskforce', written with Jessica Britton (University of Exeter) and Margaret Tingey (University of Edinburgh), was launched in Parliament. It sets out three policy recommendations: to establish a Local Sustainable Energy Taskforce to systematically review the role of local authorities in the low carbon transition; to improve co-ordination between central and local government; and to provide a comprehensive and accessible information resource on local sustainable energy.
- Energy Cities
- Low Carbon Cities
- APSE Energy
- Centre for Sustainable Energy
- Cities 40
- Energy Capital West Midlands
- Public Power Solutions
Please see here for the report by Sir David King, and fellow members of the West Midlands Energy Policy Committee, on 'Powering West Midlands Growth: a Regional Approach to Clean Energy Innovation'.
Project PeopleCaroline Kuzemko is the principle investigator working on this project. She is an academic with 10 years’ experience in researching the political economy of energy and currently holds an Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, and sat on the West Midlands Combined Authority Policy Commission on energy. She previously worked as Head of Latin American Equity Sales for UBS in London.
For information on the project please email: Caroline Kuzemko
'Policy Brief: Local Sustainable Energy Taskforce', Caroline Kuzemko, 03/04/19.
'Local Authorities & Sustainable Energy: Conference Summary', Caroline Kuzemko, 27/9/2018.
'Rescaling Energy & Power: Sustainable Energy Transitions in England', Caroline Kuzemko, 7/7/2017.