For 30 years BIEE has provided a focal point for informed discussion and debate of key energy issues in the UK.

Forthcoming events

17 Sep, 2014

Balancing Competing Energy Policy Goals

The two day academic conference will consider the difficulties of balancing the three main objectives of energy policy – security of supply, sustainability and affordability – and, in particular, the cost of mitigating climate change and its impact on household and industry energy costs.

Venue:St John's College, Oxford, OX1 3JP

BIEE aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and information between energy professionals from different disciplines and different sectors of the energy industry.

We have a diverse membership that cuts across traditional industry sectors with members drawn from academia, government, industry and finance

BIEE is impartial, globally informed, and focuses on energy economics and policy.

Our members benefit from meetings, conferences and seminars throughout the year, access to useful information and resources, plus a unique network of valuable contacts in academia, industry, finance and the public sector.

BIEE membership is available for companies, individuals and students and can be combined with membership of the IAEE

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Lessons from America: IGov Blog Series

IGov is a four year research project run  by the University of Exeter which  aims to understand and explain the nature of sustainable change within the energy system, focusing on the complex inter-relationships between governance and innovation. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Prof. Catherine Mitchell, who leads the project, has recently written a blog series ‘Lessons from America’. The point of the series is not to provide an overview of US regulatory policy but to highlight how many countries around the world are now grappling with how to implement an energy policy which really does lead to practice change and a sustainable, secure and efficient energy system. We in GB could save ourselves an awful lot of time and money if we spent a bit more time examining what other countries do, and learning from their successes (and failures). Europe’s 500 million (m) population dwarfs the US’s 320 m but the US, with its 50 States, has a far bigger pool of differing energy regulatory situations to experiment and learn from than Europe’s 25 Read more…


IPCC Processes and Conclusions Robust – MP’s report

MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee have found the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) processes to be robust after scrutinising its latest report assessing the science of climate change following criticism by some commentators of the IPCC review process and its conclusions. Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, Tim Yeo MP, said: “The importance of the conclusions of IPCC reports in terms of their policy implications understandably places the IPCC under a lot of scrutiny. Some of the criticism directed toward the IPCC has been from people who for various political or economic reasons do not like its conclusions, but we decided to take a closer look at whether the scientists involved in the IPCC could be doing more to address genuine concerns.” The cross-party inquiry found that the IPCC has responded extremely well to constructive criticism in the last few years and has tightened its review processes to make its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) the most exhaustive and heavily scrutinised Assessment Report to-date. The MPs call on the IPCC to continue to improve its Read more…


New IPPR Report on Potential for City Energy Generation

A new IPPR  report  launched on July 17th explores the options and the potential for cities to engage in the energy supply market and raise finance for investment in low-carbon energy infrastructure – particularly in local energy generation. There are opportunities for Britain’s cities in the energy sector that could aid efforts to create a cleaner, smarter and more affordable energy system, provide an alternative to the big utilities, and boost local economies in the process. Many of these opportunities can be delivered under existing local authority powers, and are just waiting to be realised. However, there is more that the national government can do to help unlock the full potential of cities. This report considers what cities can do in two areas: engaging in the energy supply market, and raising finance for investment in low-carbon energy infrastructure – particularly local energy generation. This would both unlock the potential of local low-carbon generation, and help bring an end to the overcharging of low-income consumers by energy companies. We identify a range of business model options, exploring how and why cities Read more…

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