As mentioned by the CEP chair, Ian Marchant, perhaps the most notable strength of the CEP Advisory Board is the networking and knowledge exchange between the wide range of experts present. This includes representatives from local and government, utilities, regulators, academia and so on (including Ofgem, UKERC, EDF, Scottish Power, Shell, SEPA, Centrica, Scottish Government, INEOS, Citizens Advice, IEA CCC). This allows the organisation to collate a great amount of knowledge into policy briefs which can be taken as neutral and informed by the target audience (national government and the public).
The CEP has recently produced policy briefings which are available as free downloads:
Energy efficiency -https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/internationalpublicpolicyinstitute/ourblog/september2016/increasingenergyefficiencyimprovinghouseholdincomesandboostingtheeconomy/
Fracking – https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/internationalpublicpolicyinstitute/ourblog/september2016/7questionsaboutfrackinginscotland/
The centre also produces a regular blog which appears to be very well frequented by relevant audiences: https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/internationalpublicpolicyinstitute/ourblog/
It is clear from the rapidly growing staff (full-time and associate) at the centre that there is funding available for this type of work. There was a significant discussion about how to ensure that all aspects of the energy situation in the UK are covered by relevant experts and, where necessary, ideas were shared on how gaps could be filled. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the CEP, please check out the websites above or contact [email protected]