The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce the Mannheim Energy Conference 2013. Researchers and practitioners from various disciplines will discuss the lessons learned from more than 15 years of power market liberalisation in Europe. New opportunities and future challenges arising from European environmental targets will also be subjects of debate. The conference aims at stimulating discussion between international researchers conducting related empirical and theoretical analysis. The conference will also focus on policy implications of recent research and on the challenges for research resulting from current political decisions. Theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions from all areas of the economics of national and international energy markets are welcome. A non-exhaustive list of topics is:

Competition in Electricity Markets

  • Competition in Wholesale, Retail and Balancing Markets
  • Power Market Design (e.g. Capacity Markets)
  • Separation of Ownership and Control
  • Competition Policy in Energy Markets

Changing the Energy Mix

  • Financial Support, Pricing, and Regulation Schemes(e.g. Feed-In Tariffs, Preferential Treatment)
  • Integration of Renewable Energy Resources
  • Incentives to Invest in Renewable Energy Production

Regulation of Energy Markets

  • Regulation of Transmission and Distribution Networks
  • Energy Infrastructures
  • Reliability and Security of Energy Supply
  • Integration of the European Power Markets
  • Future Regulatory Framework

Understanding Energy Demand and Energy Efficiency

  • Adoption and Diffusion of Energy Innovations
  • Modelling Issues
  • Climate Change and Policy Measures to Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Sectoral Analysis of Energy Demand

Special Practitioners Session

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

  • Peter Cramton (University of Maryland and Market Design Inc., US)
  • Paul Ekins (Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, UK)
  • Jean-Michel Glachant (Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute and Loyola de Palacio Energy Policy Programme, Florence, IT)
  • Vladimir Sucha (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Brussels, BE)

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

Interested researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a paper or an extended abstract (at least 3 pages) to

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2013
Notifications on Acceptance: April 30, 2013
Registration and Submission of Full Texts: May 27, 2013

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


24.06.2013 - 25.06.2013

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim