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Dr Gill Owen
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • UCL Australia
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
 
 
Biography

Dr Gill Owen is a part-time  Senior Research Associate at  the Energy Institute at UCL. Her research interests are energy efficiency, smart meters, smart grids, distributed energy, demand side response, energy regulation  and fuel poverty – much of her recent work has been published by the think tank Sustainability First. Her PhD research was on energy efficiency policy.


 


Prior to joining UCL she was a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Business School. Together with her colleague Xavier Lemaire,  she runs the Sustainable Energy Regulation Network funded by the international NGO, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership. This helps promote good practice in regulation of sustainable energy around the world and particularly in developing countries.


 


Gill is also Vice Chair of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,  a Non-Executive Director of the water regulator Ofwat and Chair of the REAL Consumer Assurance Scheme for microgeneration. She is a member of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Smart Meters Consumer Advisory Group (and was a member of a similar group organised by Ofgem from 2009-10)

She was a Commissioner of the UK’s Competition Commission for ten years until 2002 and has also been a non-executive board member  of the energy regulator, Ofgem. She has continued a close involvement with Ofgem as  a member of Ofgem’s : Social Action Strategy Review Group;   Consumer Challenge Group for the Distribution and Transmission Price Reviews.   

Research Summary
Exetnsive research on smart meters, tariffs and demand response since 2006. Publications include : Smart tariffs and household demand response for Great Britain. Co-author with Judith Ward. Sustainability First, March 2010 Smarter pre-payment – a new era for gas and electricity prepayment in Great Britain. Co-author with Judith Ward. Sustainability First, February 2010 Towards an equitable climate change policy for the UK. The costs and benefits for low income households of UK climate change policy. EAGA, 2008 The consumer implications of smart meters. Co-author with Judith Ward. National Consumer Council, July 2008. Smart meters in Great Britain : the next steps. Co-author with Judith Ward. Sustainability First, July 2007 Smart meters : commercial, policy and regulatory drivers. Co-author with Judith Ward. Sustainability First, 2006
Academic Background
1994 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Birkbeck College
1976 BA Bachelor of Arts  
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