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Energy Futures Lab briefing papers

The Energy Futures Lab Briefing Papers are periodic reports aimed at all stakeholders in the energy sector. They bring together expertise from across Imperial College London to provide clarity to a wide range of energy topics.

The work is coordinated by Dr Aidan Rhodes, Energy Futures Lab Research Fellow. If you have any questions or comments please contact him at aidan.rhodes@imperial.ac.uk.


Is the UK facing an electricity security crisis?

Is the UK facing an electricity security crisis?This briefing paper, released in October 2017, reviews the evidence surrounding electricity supply security in the UK to determine whether there is a serious risk of electricity supply issues, what the issues and concerns are and why the topic is so controversial.

During the preparation for the paper Energy Futures Lab also produced a Scoping Note on the topic.


Unlocking the potential of Energy Systems Integration

Unlocking the potential of Energy Systems IntegrationThis briefing paper, released in April 2018, investigates how the UK can link heat, transport, electricity and other energy vectors into one interconnected ecosystem. Building such a system is potentially a cost-effective way to decarbonise our energy sector and produce a more reliable and resilient system.


Is EMR working? Are Britain’s electricity market arrangements fit for purpose or broken?

Are Britain’s electricity market arrangements fit for purpose or broken?This upcoming briefing paper will be a review of these electricity market arrangements in the UK. The paper will ask whether there is a need for fundamental reform to the arrangements as a result of the rising share of variable renewables such as wind and solar power.


Unlocking the potential of residential electricity consumer engagement with Demand Response

Unlocking the potential of residential electricity consumer engagement with Demand ResponseThis upcoming briefing paper will assess the evidence base for residential consumer engagement with electricity demand response technologies and services and to draw lessons for the UK context. It will aim to relate findings to specific topical issues such as: the implications for increasing UK energy consumer engagement generally; supplier testing of engagement measures; and the commercialization of DR-related technologies..