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.




After movie: Insights of the SummerSchool Energy 2023

Participation, Financing and environmental protection: Three important topics of the energy transition. But did you know how they are related? In the SummerSchool Energy, organized by the Junior Research Group SteuerBoard Energie, international students, PhD’s and experts drew connections between them.

To give an insight to all those who were unable to attend, the video shows some highlights of the SummerSchool and showcases main findings.



The Potential of Renewable Energy in Pakistan: case study of off-grid hydro power projects

In the last week of May 2023 Najam Memon from the junior research group SteuerBoard Energie embarked on a journey of PhD field research in Pakistan. As a part of his research, special focus was paid on understanding the financing and regulatory frameworks of the bottom-up energy models across the country.




Environmental Impacts of Smart Energy Systems: New Analysis Provides Guidance for Life Cycle Assessments

Does digitalization have a positive effect on the efficient integration of renewable energy sources and on the coordination of generation and supply? The current state of research suggests so: The move toward digital, intelligent energy systems – or smart energy systems – includes new applications for digital tools at the distribution grid level.