The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce the 3rd Mannheim Energy Conference 2014. International scholars and professionalsfrom various disciplines are invited to discuss the lessons learned from more than 15 years of power market liberalisation in Europe, new opportunities, and future challenges. The conference seeks to providea stimulating environment for debates, addressing policy implications of recent research and challenges for research resulting from current political decisions. Advanced theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions to all aspects of the economics of energy markets are welcome. A non-exhaustive list of topics is:

Competition and Investment in Electricity Markets

  • Competition in wholesale, retail, and balancing markets
  • Power market design and competition policy
  • Investment incentives in power generation, infrastructure, and demand side management

Infrastructure and Regulation

  • Future regulatory framework
  • Energy infrastructures
  • Reliability and security of energy supply
  • Integration of the European power markets

Transition Towards a Sustainable Energy System

  • Instruments to achieve environmental policy targets
  • Transition costs and financing the energy transition
  • Energy economics and employment

Understanding Energy Demand and Energy Efficiency

  • "Energy poverty" and distributional impacts of energy policies
  • Modelling issues and sectoral analysis of energy demand
  • Challenges of energy efficiency

Energy Innovation

  • Technological and organizational innovation in the energy equipment, production, and distribution sector
  • Adoption and diffusion of energy innovations
  • Role of intellectual property rights

Special Practitioners Session

  • Current topics of energy policy
  • Challenges faced by firms in the energy market

Keynote Speakers

  • Martin Graf (Energie-Control Austria)
  • Richard Green (Imperial College London)
  • José M. Labeaga (UNED, Madrid)
  • Steven Stoft (Global Energy Policy Center)

Panel Discussion "Financing the Energy Transition"

  • Jörg Böttcher (HSH Nordbank AG)
  • Marcus Jentsch (MVV Energie AG)
  • Dieter Weiß (TransnetBW GmbH)
  • Christoph Weber (University Duisburg-Essen)

Scientific Committee

  • Natalia Fabra (University Carlos III, Madrid)
  • Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona)
  • Kai Hüschelrath (ZEW, MaCCI, and University of Mannheim)
  • Georg Licht (ZEW and MaCCI)
  • Andreas Löschel (ZEW and University of Heidelberg)
  • Michael Waterson (Warwick University)


Programme (as PDF file, 1,49 MB)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers (as PDF, 84 KB)


Interested researchers are invited to submit a paper or an extended abstract (at least 3 pages), interested professionals a single page abstract, as PDF file to no later than March 3, 2014.


  • March 3, 2014: Submission deadline
  • March 17, 2014: Notifications on acceptance
  • April 23, 2014: Registration


Online Registration Paying Attendants/Non-Presenter

The conference fee is EUR 180. It covers the conference package, meals, refreshments & coffee breaks, and the conference dinner. For participants presenting a paper, the conference fee is waived. In addition, ZEW will offer a limited number of grants for travel and accommodation expenses. Please contact the organising committee. Presenters may be kindly asked to discuss a paper.


05.05.2014 - 06.05.2014

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim