The energy transition process between the priorities of regionalization and centralization (ENERGIO)

Duration: September 2013 until November 2016

Project coordination: Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Cooperation partners: University of Kassel (Chair of Empirical Economic Research), Universität Hamburg, Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne

Funding institution: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), funding priority "Environmentally and Socially Compatible Transformation of the Energy System" ("Umwelt- und gesellschaftsverträgliche Transformation des Energiesystems") 

Summary: In the course of the energy transition process the Federal Government formulated goals with respect to the decrease of greenhouse gas emissions, the increase of the share of renewable energies, and the decrease of energy consumption. The execution of the required measures generally demands coordination between states and municipalities as well as its onsite implementation. However, the two extremes of regionalizing energy policy or energy supply and a centralistic approach create tension, which arise from the special characteristics of energy supply as well as behavioral and acceptance issues of citizens, companies, and state institutions. 

The objective of this project was to shed light on regional aspects throughout the planning and implementation phase of the energy transition process in Germany in an empirical manner and to illustrate the interconnection between cost efficiency and acceptance. Different methods were applied to examine to what extent the acceptance and involvement of stakeholders differ across regions and how energy policy measures could be designed making them more regionally differentiated and/or more cost-efficient. Against this background, this project particularly tried to gain insights about the behavior of households as energy consumers and their preferences regarding green electricity produced by regional providers.

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Publications and papers:

Ziegler, Andreas (2020), Heterogeneous preferences and the individual change to alternative electricity tariffs, Energy Economics 91

Ziegler, Andreas (2020), New Ecological Paradigm meets behavioral economics: On the relationship between environmental values and economic preferences, in revision for Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, previous version: MAGKS Discussion Paper No. 20-2020

Engler, Daniel, Elke D. Groh and Andreas Ziegler (2020), The causal effect of religious and environmental identity on green preferences: A combined priming and stated choice experiment (working title)

Groh, Elke D. (2020), Electricity from the region for the region: Does regionality matter for electricity products? (working title)

Simixhiu, Amantia and Andreas Ziegler (2020), How reliable are empirical studies on economic preferences with student samples? An analysis on the basis of large-scale data (working title)

Groh, Elke D. and Andreas Ziegler (2020), On the relevance of economic preferences, values, norms, and socio-demographics for electricity consumption (working title) 

Contact: Elke D. Groh (elke.groh@uni-kassel.de)