Market design for efficient transmission of offshore wind energy

A study commissioned by Ørsted Offshore Wind, published as DIW Berlin -Politikberatung kompakt 136.

The expansion of offshore wind energy is a strategic component of Germany’s energy and climate policy. Therefore, according to the targets of the German government, 15,000 MW of offshore wind energy capacity should be available in Germany by 2030. Suppose offshore wind energy is to make a successful contribution to the transformation of energy systems. In that case, it will be necessary not only to build offshore wind farms but also to transport the electricity produced efficiently on land.

Italy needs new impetus for growth sectors

DIW Weekly Report 9/2019 p. 112-121

Italy has not recovered from the economic consequences of the financial and sovereign debt crisis for a good ten years. This is partly due to Italy’s traditional growth drivers, namely manufacturing and construction, both of which have seen their employment levels fall by 700,000. On the other hand, unlike in many other EU countries, the new growth sectors in Italy, such as knowledge-intensive services, are stagnating.

Herculean task: evidence-based regulation in the telecommunications sector

Report in Wirtschaftsdienst, 99th volume, 2019, issue 2, pp. 113-118

The current economic policy debates on the faltering expansion of a nationwide fibre-optic infrastructure and the auctioning of 5G mobile frequencies show that the regulation of telecommunications markets in Germany is facing significant challenges.

At the heart of the conflicts is a trade-off between the rapid expansion of modern telecommunications networks and the nationwide availability of telecommunications services at affordable prices.

Urgent need for reform in the Ukrainian energy sector remains

DIW weekly report 06 / 2019, pp. 88-95

Ukraine has been experiencing an economic decline for ten years, cushioned by international financial assistance. Ukraine has been experiencing an economic decline for the last ten years, which has been alleviated by international financial aid. For 20 years Western donors have been pushing for market-economy reforms in the energy sector, which Ukraine has repeatedly delayed or only half-heartedly implemented. The country is still the most energy-intensive economy in Europe.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of regulation in the telecommunications sector

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has commissioned DIW Econ and DICE Consult to develop conceptual bases and methodological procedures for ex-post evaluations as well as proposals for ex-ante impact assessment procedures to assess the effectiveness of regulation in the telecommunications sector. In the future, empirical findings can thus be used to a greater extent in the selection and design of regulatory instruments in advance, and the success of the measures taken can be assessed more precisely in retrospect.