Certificate of Achievement

Matthew McGuire

has completed the following course:

Transforming Energy Systems: Why Governance Matters

University of Exeter

Energy systems need to change rapidly if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with domestic and international targets. This course set out the challenges energy systems face and the problems with conventional governance. It argued for principles of governance to enable rapid, fair decarbonisation and system transformation. It explored the implications for people, companies, localities and institutions and it put forward a fit-for-purpose governance framework.

4 weeks, 4 hours per week

Professor Catherine Mitchell

Professor of Energy Policy

University of Exeter


Learning outcomes

  • Explore the need for energy system transformation, ways to achieve it and the role of governance within it
  • Describe how the characteristics of energy systems are changing as they become smarter and flexible and what this means for institutions and system value streams
  • Explore how energy systems are becoming more localised and closer to people, and what the implications of this are for coordinating change
  • Identify what governance change is required to deliver a sustainable, equitable, affordable and secure energy system
  • Apply your knowledge of governance to identify suitable changes for rapid decarbonisation


Energy System Transformation: changes, challenges and governance

  • What energy systems are for and how they work
  • Links between energy systems, climate change, air pollution and equity
  • Exploring energy system change through a 4D approach (decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitisation and democratisation)
  • The role of energy governance in system transformation

Emerging Energy Systems

  • How are the characteristics and operation of energy systems changing
  • What does a smart and flexible future look like
  • Changing value flows and new business models within energy systems
  • What does the energy transformation mean for current institutions?

People, Scale and Society

  • How is the role of people within energy systems changing?
  • What is meaningful consent and why is it so important?
  • What is local energy, why is it growing in importance and what are the implications of this?
  • How can we best coordinate change across multiple levels of the energy system?

Energy governance change for rapid decarbonisation

  • How to co-ordinate the governance of electricity, heat and transport
  • The importance of a people-focused energy system, and how to get it
  • Examples of good energy governance from other countries
  • A fit-for purpose energy governance framework for energy system transformation

Issued on 18th June 2021

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Transforming Energy Systems: Why Governance Matters

University of Exeter