The impact of renewables on societies
As a result of national policies to stimulate renewable energy sources (RES), the share of RES in the energy mix is growing strongly in most European countries and will continue to do so in the coming years.
This increase of RES has many consequences for different elements of the electricity market.
The objective of the RES-EM project is to give insights in the technical, economic and societal impacts of the growth in renewable energy given the current as well as alternative designs of the electricity market.
By electricity market design, we mean all relevant institutional aspects.
This research will pay attention to:
- the regulation of networks
- the way wholesale and retail markets are organized
- the instruments used to foster renewable energy
- as well as the integration of the energy system.
Several research fields are needed to study the overall effects of an alternative electricity market designs against this background.
- Economic effects include the efficiency of electricity supply and the incentives for investments.
- The technical issues concern the reliability of the grid.
- Societal questions include the acceptance of differences in commodity prices, access tariffs or energy taxes during different time periods, among regions, or groups of energy users.
- One postdoc of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) will develop the economic model of the electricity market. Another postdoc of the FEB will focus on empirical studies regarding the different choices made about the institutional design in several European countries.
- The postdoc of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science will develop a model of the physical infrastructure and will work together with the postdocs from the FEB who will develop the economic model of the electricity market.
- The postdoc of the Faculty of Philosophy will focus on the societal issues, in particularly issues regarding the fairness and the acceptability of alternative market designs to the different stakeholders in general and the consumers in particular.
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The research team consists of academic workers from different faculties of the University of Groningen. The research group consists of four postdocs, supervised by five academic members with all many years of experience in conducting research in different sub fields in the energy sector.
For more information about this project, or about other projects of the CEER, please contact Prof. M. (Machiel) Mulder, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prof. dr. Bert Scholtens
Holds the J.L. Bouma Chair in the Economics of Sustainability and is Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen
- Frank Nobel
Collaborating partners are: University of Groningen Faculty Economics and Business, University of Groningen, Distributed Systems, University of Groningen Engineering and Technology, University of Groningen Department of Ethics Social and Political Philosophy, Tennet
Fundings: Netbeheer Nederland, NWO
- -Betere en slimmere netten
- -Demand response
- -Betrokken consumenten
- -ICT & Modelling
- -Groene energie technologie
- -Big energy data
- -DC Grid Architectures
- -Stimuleren duurzame mobiliteit
- -Products and services
- -Flexibele prijzen
- -Wet- en regelgeving
- -Buitenland studies
- -Smart Charging