Presentation on theme: "'A policy framework for the governance of integration across the energy system' Professor Brian Collins Professor of Engineering Policy, UCL."— Presentation transcript:
'A policy framework for the governance of integration across the energy system' Professor Brian Collins Professor of Engineering Policy, UCL
Governance Governance is the act of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. It consists of either a separate process or part of management or leadership processes. These processes and systems are typically administered by a government. A reasonable or rational purpose of governance might aim to assure, (sometimes on behalf of others) that an organization produces a worthwhile pattern of good results while avoiding an undesirable pattern of bad circumstances. Source - wikepedia
Integration The act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole The ambition of strengthening networks of policies by building strong alliances among key stakeholders The activity of contributing policy recommendations that incorporate stakeholder perspectives on – the integration of policies – more effective collaboration and cooperation
A challenge to the status quo Complex packages of policies are avoided because impact is more difficult to assess as is attribution of successful governance. Multi factoral evaluation of benefits are difficult so too many stakeholders are to be avoided Financial models for different infrastructure sectors are different, so the risk of integration is hard to evaluate. The overhead of collaboration is not seen to add value because single stakeholder benefit assessments are used
Characteristics of UK Infrastructure that are causing concern Major unregulated growth in interdependency Some population growth and radical change in the nature of living and working in the last fifty years Most infrastructure provision has been privatised and internationalised No central governance of infrastructure as a system Little investment in resilience to climate change As yet little understanding of the impact of the need for adaptation
Incident in East Barnet Many residents in north London who had their gas cut off have also lost their electricity after heaters they were given overloaded supplies. About 750 homes in East Barnet are still without gas, three days after it was cut off. And EDF energy said about 180 customers have been without electricity since 2030 GMT on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the National Grid said water from a burst main got into the gas pipes, cutting off the flow. More than 3,000 cooking and heating appliances have been distributed to the affected households. And about 150 gas engineers from across the country have gone to Barnet to attempt to get the homes reconnected by Christmas Day. They have already restored supplies to 980 properties. An EDF Energy spokeswoman said: "Following damage to National Grid's gas mains a number of electric fires have been distributed to residents in East Barnet who were left without heating. "The significantly higher demand on the local electricity network has damaged some of EDF Energy's equipment and interrupted power supplies." EDF is asking customers to use only essential electricity appliances and switch off any non- essential appliances as National Grid carries out its repairs. It has also "reconfigured the electricity network to make it more robust to help with the extra demand placed on it by the significant increase in the use of electric heaters".
The opportunities Use new systems thinking approaches to evaluation of integrated infrastructure investment and governance. Examine different governance models for their degree of integration and what aspects of their degree of integration have a significant contribution to the delivery of benefits and mitigation of risks Identify key factors needed in a managed change programme to improve outcomes by better integration governance where appropriate