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Energy policy briefings

An introduction to the energy policy in the UK

These briefings and position statements offer guidance towards effective policy-making based on sound engineering knowledge and experience.

Britain's power system (the case for a system architect) Britain's power system (the case for a system architect)

The IET’s system architect proposals with key stakeholders in industry and Government.

Britain's power system (the case for a system architect)

Electricity networks - handling a shock to the system Electricity networks - handling a shock to the system

Position statement on the whole system challenges facing Britain's electricity network.

Electricity networks - handling a shock to the system

Energy storage Electricity storage

This paper briefly describes the technologies and answers some key questions about the roles that storage can play within the electricity system. 

Electricity storage

Energy principles Energy principles

Understanding the broad principles underlying energy policy in the UK as a guide to future policy making

The IET energy principles

Home Energy Revolution Home energy revolution

This briefing looks at how changes in energy usage will affect the energy supply, the consumer, and the UK electricity supply industry. It also considers how to balance the electricity supply and demand, and to increase control over energy use.

Home energy revolution

Smart grids - the wider picture Smart grids - the wider picture

The creation of a smart grid in the UK requires collaboration between experts in energy, communications, IT and transport. This briefing is a tool for reaching a common understanding of the challenges and goals ahead.

Smart grids - the wider picture

Transforming the electricity system - full report Transforming the electricity system - full report

Providing an in-depth study of other UK industries employing a System Architect function to provide sound engineering input into the planning and operation of complex infrastructure systems.

Transforming the electricity system - full report

Transforming the electricity system - summary Transforming the electricity system - summary

Explaining the challenges facing the electricity system and why the IET believes that a System Architect is the best and most cost-effective approach to meeting these challenges.

Transforming the electricity system - summary

UK Energy Policy 1980-2010 UK energy policy 1980-2010: A history and lessons learnt

A review to mark 30 years of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies.

UK energy policy 1980-2010: A history and lessons learnt

UK Electricity Market Reform UK electricity market reform

This briefing looks at the requirements of future electricity markets; capacity mechanisms; feed-in tariffs; energy storage and inter-connectors; and the political risks

IET briefing on UK electricity market reform

Smart grids What is a smart grid?

This IET briefing document explains what a smart grid is and why it is different from the existing electricity grid.  It explains why the move to low carbon electricity with significant amounts of variable wind generation will require new ways of balancing the electricity grid

What is a smart grid?