Policymakers are increasingly recognising that such transition can only succeed through the development of an integrated system that internalises the links between energy, heat and transport. An integrated and flexible energy system can also help to deliver efficiencies and synergies that reduce the costs of decarbonisation for society.
Decarbonising energy systems is required to tackle the impact of climate change and to deliver on governmental net-zero policy objectives – in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s target of capping global temperature rise at 1.5°C.
To deliver on this ambition, policy-makers are increasingly moving to a systems-wide approach that internalises the links between energy, heat, transport, and other parts of the economy, with the consumer at the centre of it all. CEPA’s expertise in the electricity, gas and transport sectors makes us uniquely positioned to help policymakers, developers and consumer groups overcome the challenges presented by an integrated energy system. We can help with:
- advising policy-makers on the interactions between sectors, and on the design of incentives to consumer and business behaviour;
- helping incumbents and new entrants understand the business opportunities and risks created by decarbonisation;
- undertaking impact assessment of different regulatory approaches to enable investment under uncertainty;
- deliver sophisticated modelling of energy generation which can be used to understand the impact of different policies on emissions; and
- assess the design of energy markets that would support a zero carbon, flexible and secure energy system.
Contact CEPA to learn more about how we can provide the analysis and expertise to help progress towards system integration and energy network decarbonisation. Examples of our work in this space include:
- modelling scenarios for reaching net zero emissions in the UK for an energy sector stakeholder;
- impact assessment of new electricity charging arrangements on energy demand;
- designing price controls, including work on anticipatory investment to support decarbonisation; and
- assessing the impact of electric vehicles on the Brazilian electricity system.
Decarbonisation & sector integration News & insights
Report about unlocking new sources of electricity system flexibility from households published
Energy Systems Catapult has published a report, prepared with input from CEPA and Ovo, that developed and tested innovative retail propositions against a range of 2030 market scenarios to identify how to best elicit flexibility.
Owner/operator of Ireland’s gas network receives decision about its allowable revenue
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities, Ireland’s independent energy and water regulator, has published its decision about Gas Networks Ireland’s (GNI) current price control, which sets out the revenues GNI can collect from its customers over a five-year period.
Director: Energy Markets and Modelling
CEPA is seeking an exceptional individual to join the firm's London office as a Director, supporting its work in the energy sector.
Reputation acknowledged by ranking recognition
CEPA thanks those clients, industry leaders, associates and future economists for the feedback they provided to Consultancy.uk, resulting in the firm’s high-level, 2023 ranking as one of the “Top Economics consulting firms in the UK”.
Net Zero’s trade imperative: A case study on the global demand for solar technology
We were commissioned by the Hinrich Foundation, to help them understand if global trade will be essential to sustain the transition to reach the International Energy Agency's target of Net Zero by 2050.
CEPA has again been recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
We are grateful for the continued positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA retaining its position in the Financial Times' ratings.
Tender process for the sale of three offshore wind transmission assets with a combined value of c. £2 billion is launched
A consortium, consisting of CEPA and four other leading advisory firms, is acting as financial adviser to Ofgem for the OFTO Tender Round 10 process.
Vacancy for an economic consultant: water and transport
CEPA is looking for an outstanding person to join our London office as a Consultant or Senior Consultant to support our work in water and transport.
CEPA’s impact assessment of proposed energy market reforms to encourage flexibility
We are pleased to have supported Elexon with an impact assessment of BSC Modification P415, designed to allow independent aggregators of demand side response to trade customer flexibility directly.
Major review launched on energy security of supply in Ireland
We are supporting a major public consultation about the security of energy supply of Ireland’s electricity and natural gas systems, being undertaken by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.
CEPA recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
Following another year of providing high-quality advice to our clients across our core sectors, we are grateful for the positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA’s inclusion in the Financial Times’ independent ratings report.
Initial insights published on price signals for demand-side flexibility in the GB energy market
CEPA and Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) have been appointed by BEIS to carry out a study on energy price signals, exploring what an alternative system of network and policy price signals might look like. CEPA and ESC held a webinar when the initial findings were presented.
Getting to net zero requires more policy experiments
A short note that proposes a greater role for deliberate policy experiments to help policy-makers and regulators identify the solutions that will best support decarbonisation at the lowest cost.
Locational energy pricing in the GB power market
Working with energy networks specialists TNEI, we have produced new research for Energy Systems Catapult on the role of locational energy prices in facilitating the decarbonisation of Britain’s energy system.
Views invited on barriers to demand-side flexibility in the GB energy sector
CEPA and the Energy Systems Catapult have been appointed by BEIS to carry out a study on energy price signals, as part of BEIS’s Alternative Energy Markets programme.
Evaluation of ‘Innovation Link’ Ofgem’s innovation support programme
The Innovation Link is Ofgem’s main support programme for innovators looking to launching novel propositions. It offers regulatory guidance as well as trials and derogations, contributing to an enabling and adaptive regulatory environment to benefit consumers and support the UK’s transition to net zero.
CEPA’s Impact Assessment helps industry to determine merits of Electricity Meter Splitting
CEPA’s analysis of the impacts of proposed modification P379 has helped the industry to better understand the merits and drawbacks of introducing electricity meter splitting. Our findings led to the proposer withdrawing the modification.