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Registration now open for the Annual Energy Transition Conference in Berlin

11. March 2016

On June 30th, 2016, the interdisciplinary annual conference of the Leibniz Research Association on Energy Transition will take place between 10:00 – 18:00 in the Social Science Center in Berlin. (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Reichpietschufer 50)

The IPN, as a member of the Energy Transition group, will also be actively contributing to this group of topics.

Between the priorities of centralized and decentralized structures, decisive questions relating to a reorientation of the German Energy system are currently being posed. This is equally valid for issues focusing on market design such as the reframing of special contexts and the handling of distribution issues. Which functional connections are meaningful for different energy markets? Which actors are or are not integrated in these markets? Which scopes of action and local identities could arise or be minimalized as a result of decentralization? What seems meaningful from an economical or technologically feasible perspective can run contrary (and vice versa) to issues such as spatial development or social cohesion.

The conference will explore challenges which arise in practice between the poles of central and decentral structures. Moreover, possibilities to encounter these challenges from a technological, political, regulatory and civic perspective will be discussed. Four sessions will be dedicated to the following topics:

A: Coordination through (de-) centralised markets?

B: Social splitting as a result of (de-) centralisation?
C: Which role does power-to-X play in (de-) centralised energy systems?
D: New spaces and transformed use of land in (de-) centralised energy systems?
German or English abstracts ( max. 200 words) can be submitted until 01. 04 April 2016 to
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Other registrations possible till May 15th, 2016 to Leslie Quitzow (
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In a concluding panel discussion, the following guests will discuss the conference topic:

Dr Patrick Graichen, MD, Agora Energiewende
Dr René Mono, CEO, Bündnis BürgerEnergie e.V.
Dr Dr Tobias Paulun, Board member of the European Energy Exchange (EEX) AG (requested)
Dr Oliver Weinmann, Head of innovation Management, Vattenfall Europe AG (requested)

Programme (German only):