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.




Presentation by Hannes Bluhm on environmental impacts of digitalization in the energy sector at Berliner ENERGIETAGE 2023

The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) organized a program item at the Berliner ENERGIETAGE. Among other things, junior research group member Hannes Bluhm addressed the question of the extent to which political expectations and scientific findings on the overall ecological impact of digital applications coincide and where the greatest regulatory and knowledge gaps currently exist.




Life cycle assessment shows: Households participating in virtual pools of photovoltaic storage systems contribute to environmental and climate protection

If photovoltaic battery storage systems are virtually interconnected, they can take over such stabilizing services for the energy system as the previous large-scale power plants. The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) has now conducted a detailed life cycle assessment to evaluate the environmental effects of such a virtual network.




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.