Polycentricity, Digital Transformation, Financing
The project focuses on the transition from a centralized to a decentralized energy system and the question of new forms of control that can support this. What are the potentials and obstacles of self-organization for decentralized actors? What structural changes are needed within the institutions involved and how can a large number of actors be successfully and efficiently (digitally) involved? Based on existing research on polycentric governance, the researchers are investigating two particularly relevant influences in the transformation as key topics:
Digitalization and financing. In the area of digitalization, the question is how digitalization is changing the governance of the energy transition and, in particular, to what extent digital technologies in the energy sector enable polycentric approaches. How can the energy transition be financed? The research team is examining legal framework conditions, institutions and actors, and in particular shedding light on possible financing solutions.
Options for Action, Recommendations, Tools
Specifically, SteuerBoard Energie is working on the following overarching research questions:
The project is developing handouts for different actors, such as short summary recommendations for political actors, transformation paths to sustainable polycentric governance for social actors and recommendations and tools for improving business models and decision-making processes for practical actors.