The DEI provides support to research, practitioner and community groups who focus on energy related issues whether they be the social, technological, policy or industrial aspects of energy. Our research focuses around the central themes of energy risk and resilience, low carbon transitions and smart energy and networks.
We provide a range of resources for researchers, policy makers, community groups and industry interested in Energy. These include the DEI review magazine; Research briefings; DEI Monthly Activity Bulletin and the DEI Useful Information bulletin.
Latest magazine issue...
View the latest edition of DEI Review online or download using image link opposite.
In this issue we've looked at...... Brexit’s impact on UK energy security; A growing partnership with Mexico; Strengthening the UK wind sector through work with DONG Energy; PEOPLE – an exciting new project to bring social science insights to industry R&D; Why the World Needs Anthropologists; A rebound effect for low carbon initiatives in road transport?; Could the North Easts abandoned mines provide a source of low carbon heat to local communities? and an interview with new DEI Director Prof Jon Gluyas.
Latest DEI briefing....
In this policy statement the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) makes an urgent case for the UK Government to focus on energy priorities as part of the Brexit negotiations and decision-making process. The DEI argues that UK energy system is already facing significant threats to its future security which are likely to be enhanced by the uncertainties of the Brexit process. This statement sets out some key issues the DEI would like policy makers to consider which have significant implications for UK Energy resilience and sustainability, and calls for:
1. A consistent, long-term energy policy must be developed based on an open debate about whether the UK should aim to develop a more independent UK energy sector;
2. Increased investment in research and development for energy storage;
3. Increased emphasis on exploiting indigenous low-carbon energy sources, particularly heat and wind;
4. Incorporation of ambitious energy efficiency and energy demand reduction directives in to UK policy framework;
5. A reset and push towards smart-grid development plans; and
6. Measures to safeguard collaborative developments in energy.