New BER project "ARegV 3.0" to start in January 2019

The developments of Smart Grids alter the roles and responsibilities of distribution network operators (DNOs) and requires rethinking the regulatory framework, which in Germany is determined by the "Anreizregulierungsverordnung", in short "ARegV".
The most recent ARegV amendment offers additional incentives for network investments but lacks incentives for smartness. Thinking one step further, however, the question is how the conceptual development of regulation towards a future "ARegV 3.0" should look like. This research project analyses misaligned incentives for DNOs based on both a network model and a regulatory model and suggests further adjustments of the regulatory framework.

More information on our project site ARegV 3.0.

Marius Buchmann to chair session “Innovation in trading“ on "European Uititiy Week" in Vienna, Austria on November 11, 2018

Technological developments are drastically changing the energy trading industry. Technologies such as Blockchain, automated trading and Artificial intelligence will profoundly change what we recognize today as 'trading'. How will technology change trading? And what does the trader of the future look like? These are the key question that we will answer in this session. Marius Buchmann will open and host this session with presentations from Innogy innovation hub, econtrol, ponton, ark energy and others.

More information of the website of European Utility Week.

Presentation of Marius Buchmann on "The data management challenge for smart grids" on October 12, 2018.
"10th FSR – BNetzA Forum on the Legal Issues of Energy Regulation", Florence School of Regulation

Marius Buchmann presented his views on the current institutional/regulatory challenges that arise in the context of data management from smart metering and other smart home applications. What are the different data management models that are discussed for smart grids in Europe? How to address data monopolies? What do network and platform economies tell us when it comes to data platform markets? What will the future of data management look like? This and other issues were discussed in Berlin at the BNetzA on invitation from the Florence School of Regulation (FSR).

More information of the event website of Florence School of Regulation.

BER on IAEE Conference in Groningen

The BER team participated on this year’s 41st IAEE Conference in Groningen, presenting in and chairing several session on energy issues.

Gert Brunekreeft was part of the programme committee and chaired the round table session on “Disruptive Challenges for the Energy Industry” among others featuring Marius Buchmann as one of the speakers. Christine Brandstätt chaired the session "Policy & Regulation I".
In the concurrent sessions, the team members held the following presentations:

More information of the official IAEE conference website.

New project website of "Quarree100" now online

More information on the project "Quarree100" is now available on the new project website Quarree100

Presentation of BER’s research at the "Symposium for Energy Innovations" at the Technical University Graz

BER Research Associate Christine Brandstätt presented our work on “Network tariff dynamics in view of self supply” on February 15th at the Symposium for Energy Innovations at Technical University Graz. The event took place for the 15th time, this year under the frame topic of “New energy for our changing Europe”. The presentation was part of the “Energy Markets and Flexibilization” stream. It contains results from BER's project “Network tariff dynamics in view of self supply” funded by the foundation for energy research in Baden-Württemberg.

Kick-off meeting for joint research project "Quarree100"
Starting signal for the project Quarree100. The project partners will meet on February 26, 2018 for the kick-off meeting of the joint project in the Heider city theater. For this purpose, about 200 guests are expected. The central aspect of the project is the research and implementation of a sustainable energy supply in the Schleswig-Holstein district town Heide with the participation of local actors.

New Bremen Energy Working Paper
Cross-border Electricity Interconnectors in the EU: the Status Quo

Gert Brunekreeft and Roland Meyer Bremen

Energy Working Papers No. 27, February 2018

Erasmus Energy Science Award 2017 for Dr. Marius Buchmann
Blockchain in the Energy Sector: Applications and Institutional Implications

Marius Buchmann won the Erasmus Energy Science Award 2017 for his Paper "Blockchain in the Energy Sector: Applications and Institutional Implications". His paper was picked by the judges for reflecting the growing awareness of the blockchain technology within the energy sector and analysing its opportunities and challenges.

New Bremen Energy Working Paper
Regulatorische Herausforderungen für Multi-Use-Speicher in Stromverteilnetzen – ein Ausschreibungsmodell

Roland Meyer, Gert Brunekreeft, Martin Palovic und Daniel Speiser

Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 26, May 2017

New Publication
The Need for Competition between Decentralized Governance Approaches for Data Exchange in Smart Electricity Grids - Fiscal Federalism vs. Polycentric Governance

Marius Buchmann

published in The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Volume 139, 106-117

New Publication
Xgen in der Anreizregulierung: Was kann der Malmquist-Index?

Gert Brunekreeft und Stephan Vaterlaus

published in Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen , No. 3, 2017, 13-16.

Joint study of Jacobs University and Polynomics on the Malmquist Index as a means to calculate the general X-Factor for electricity distribution companies.
In German: "Die Ermittlung des technologischen Fortschritts anhand von Unternehmensdaten – Der Einsatz der Malmquist-Methode im deutschen Regulierungsrahmen"

In a joint research study, prepared for the German electricity distribution company NetzeBW, Polynomics and Jacobs University Bremen analyse the use of the Malmquist Index to calculate the general X-Factor (Xgen) for electricity distribution companies in the German regulatory framework. The Xgen needs to be calculated for the next regulatory period starting 2019; currently, the debate is about the method of calculation: Törnquist or Malmquist?

BER study on the general X-Factor for electricity distribution companies in the face of energy transition.
"Die 3. Periode ARegV: Xgen und die Energiewende"

The general X-Factor (Xgen) as part of price-based regulation aims to capture total factor productivity (TFP) of the network business and ensure a fair distribution of efficiency gains between network companies and consumers.

Joint study of Jacobs University Bremen and CRIEPI, Tokyo
"Distribution Planning and Pricing in View of Increasing Shares of Intermittent, Renewable Energy in Germany and Japan"

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of increasing shares of intermittent, renewable energy in distribution grids. Our research mainly relies on in-depth interviews with sector-experts from German utilities. We discuss both effects in network planning and challenges for network pricing.

Joint research project on future decentralized power networks
"Collective non-linear dynamics of power networks (ConDyNet)"

The project analyzes the dynamics in newly arising complex, decentralized power networks. It is part of the initiative "futureproof networks" funded by the ministry for economic affairs and energy, and the ministry for education and research over a timespan of 3 years. Together with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Sefl-Organization, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and Jülich Research Center, we will model and simulate optimization options, critical network states and risk scenarios. The focus of Bremen Energy Research herein will be on the economic framework for such complex, decentralized networks; deploying agent-based computational economics to asses the influence of innovative pricing scemes on their operation and development.

dena Smart Meter Study
"Implementation of Smart Meters in Germany"

The dena Smart Meter Study analyses the parameters influencing efficient and operative structuring of the rollout of intelligent meters and intelligent metering systems in Germany. In cooperation with eleven German electricity distribution grid operators or their affiliated metering station companies.

Joint study of Jacobs University Bremen and CRIEPI, Tokyo
"Unbundling of electricity transmission system operators in Germany – An experience report"

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of vertical unbundling on German electric utilities. Our research mainly relies on in-depth interviews with sector-experts from the German utilities. We will discuss both short-term changes and the long-term impact on competition in the electricity market as well as the impact on costs and security of supply.

Joint Study of Bremer Energie Institut and WU Wien
"The Institutional Framework for Smart Grids in Austria"

The aim of the project was to identify the key areas within the institutional framework of the electricity sector in Austria where adaptation is required to support the development of smart grids. To address these adjustment requirements we analysed best practises in other countries.

Jacobs University Study
"Prices and contracts in the German wholesale gas market"

Over the past few months, Jacobs researches belonging to the BER group performed a study where gas-purchasing strategies of German utility companies were analyzed. Within this study, 250 German gas utilities were addressed with a questionnaire about their gas purchasing strategies, historical price data from the last six years were analyzed, as well as interviews with gas market brokers and market price publishing institutions were performed.