Governing the Energy Transition: Decentralized Actors, Digitalization, Financing

The Sustainable Energy System of the Future: Polycentric and Digital

For the energy transition in Germany to succeed, the energy system must be redesigned: On the one hand, many decentralized actors must be integrated, both technically and organizationally. On the other hand, the newly emerging polycentric energy system must be designed in a sustainable way - in other words, higher-level rules should focus on environmentally, economically and socially just implementation. How do current framework conditions and institutions have to change for this? In six qualifiying theses, the SteuerBoard Energie junior research group is investigating how digital applications can support this change process and what kind of financing options are available.

The Project


The project explores how digitization is changing the governance of the energy transition.




How will the transformation of the energy system be financed? SteuerBoard Energie examines different options.




Many steering actors at different levels need a regulatory framework. The SteuerBoard Energie project is investigating how.




Workshop on life cycle assessment of smart energy use cases

Junior research group members Hannes Bluhm and Swantje Gährs together with Daniela Wohlschlager (Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft), Severin Beucker (Borderstep Institute), Johanna Pohl (TU Berlin) and Magnus Fröhling (TU Munich) organized an expert workshop on the topic of Life Cycle Assessment of Smart Energy Use Cases on November 7, 2022.



Jan Wiesenthal now in the council for the Bündnis Bürgerenergie

Junior research group doctoral student Jan Wiesenthal has been appointed to the council for the Bündnis Bürgerenergie. His concern and motivation as a member of the council is to strengthen citizens as actors in the energy transition: "It is close to my heart to support and advise the Bündnis Bürgerenergie in its goal of an energy supply supported by citizens with my scientific findings," says Wiesenthal.



Junior Research Group at Bits & Bäume 2022

Swantje Gährs and Hannes Bluhm from the team of the junior research group used the stage of the Bits & Bäume Conference at the TU Berlin on the first weekend in October to discuss with the visitors under the title "Digitalisation = Decarbonisation & Democratisation? - Energy Communities in Transition": How can we use digitalisation for sustainable change in the decentralized energy system? What are digital support options for energy communities? Where is the limit of what digitalization can offer?