Berlin Conference on Energy and Electricity Economics, DIW-Berlin


Market integration, technical innovation, corporate dynamics, and increasingly ambitious climate and environmental targets, such as the Paris COP 21 agreement, are drivers of an evolving energy system, both in Germany, Europe, the U.S., and world-wide. Storage technologies and sector coupling (e.g. electricity – transport – building/heating) are progressing, and market design is facing new challenges between more competition and the need to assure a coherent sector design, both nationally and across borders. In that context, electricity and resource markets are interwoven – developments in each country cannot be understood in isolation from each other. These interdepend-encies pose opportunities and challenges for both, policymakers and firms: national market designs impact neighbors, market outcomes converge, flexibility for renewable energy integration can be supplied across borders and sectors as well as flexibility needs exported. Likewise, policy goals may both complement or object each other. The road to a sustainable low-carbon energy system, while maintaining efficient market operations and energy security, thus requires a deeper understanding of sound market designs, technological development, and robust policy approaches.
The 3rd Berlin Conference on Energy and Electricity Economics (BELEC) will address these topics for a lower-carbon energy future. To this end, it brings together cutting-edge academic research and policy analyses on the economics of energy markets from the perspectives of academics, utilities, and policymakers. It aims at a deeper understanding and exchange of ideas and perspectives on the various sectors, including theoretical approaches as well as policy and case studies. Further information and registration in September.

The conference will take place at the
DIW Berlin (Schumpeter Hall)
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin