6 principles for a market design that enables the energy transition

The current market design in the energy sector is challenged by decentralization and digitalization. In this post we discuss six economic principles that provide a framework for an efficient market design that is capable of facilitating the energy transition towards renewables and digital services. Among others we discuss the requirement that the market design needs to become more flexible to adapt to local market failures and to an increasing speed of innovation driven by digitalization. 

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German Utilities struggle with digitalization – especially the retail sector

Utilities in Germany and around the globe strive to become service-based energy providers to address the challenges arising from decentralization and digitalization. In this post we discuss two recent surveys that show two things: Utilities are struggling to enter the smart home market and their adaption of existing digital solutions is very slow. Especially the retail sector does not apply many digital solutions, even though retail is at the heart of a service-based utility. One response to these shortcomings by some utilities are digital attackers that are launched now in Germany to digitize retail business. Is this the right strategy?

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Why we need competition between data management models for smart grids

Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and others are currently developing centralized data management systems for smart grids. These data hubs shall secure the efficient exchange of data from smart metering. While there are good reasons to proceed with this approach, we argue in this post that competition between different decentralized models for data management might increase the level of innovation compared to centralized approaches.  

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