Best Student Paper Award of the Energy Economics Conference

At the European conference of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), held earlier this month in Vienna, ZHAW research associate Merla Kubli was presented the award for the best student paper for her work “Squaring the sunny circle? On balancing distributive justice of power grid costs and incentives for solar prosumers.”

At the European conference of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), held earlier this month in Vienna, ZHAW research associate Merla Kubli was presented the award for the best student paper for her work “Squaring the sunny circle? On balancing distributive justice of power grid costs and incentives for solar prosumers.” She explains “The awarded paper presents a System Dynamics model designed to analyze the impact of solar prosumers on the financing of power distribution grids under variants of grid tariff designs. A particular focus is shed on quantifying the occurring distribution effect among consumers with and without self-consumption. With my analysis, I find that the distribution effect is very moderate in scope under European Power Market regulations. I therefore recommend to focus political and regulatory discussions on the incentives arising from grid tariffs for investments into developing an efficient and sustainable grid as well as achieving energy political targets. I also presented the paper at ISDC2017 in Cambridge.” The study is part of the research project TREES (transition of regional energy systems) at ZHAW, led by Dr. Silvia Ulli-Beer. The TREES project is part of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Competence Center for Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST), which is founded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation. Congratulations to Merla!