Energy & Climate

Prof. Dr. Dierk Bauknecht

Senior Researcher / Head of Power System Analysis & Regulation subdivision

Special Expertise

  • Transformation of the energy sector
  • Governance of sustainability transformations
  • Integration of renewable energies into the energy system: System analysis and regulation
  • Sector integration
  • Real-world laboratories and regulatory experiments
  • Regulatory framework for renewable energies
  • Grid development and grid regulation
  • Market integration of renewable energies and market design
  • Storage systems and flexibility within the electricity system
  • Electricity market models and development of scenarios, with a focus on integrating renewable energies and ensuring the required system flexibility

Key Projects

  • Investigation of instruments and measures to achieve additional renewable energy expansion levels required from a climate protection perspective
  • Regulatory experiments for the reflexive and adaptive governance of innovation
  • RES Mainstreaming: Study on the impact assessment for a new Directive mainstreaming deployment of renewable energy and ensuring that the EU meets its 2030 renewable energy target
  • C/sells: The energy system of the future in the 'solar arch' of Southern Germany
  • SINTEG – Smart Energy Showcases: Consortium project enera


Sauter, Raphael, Bauknecht, Dierk (2009):

Distributed Generation: Transforming the electricity network.

In: Ivan Scrase, Gordon MacKerron (eds): Energy for the future. A new agenda, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Professional Training & Career

Dierk Bauknecht graduated in political science at Freie Universität Berlin (Diplom-Politikwissenschaftler), and holds a Master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, where he specialised in energy policy and energy sector governance. He also received a PhD from the University of Sussex. 

Alongside his position at Oeko-Institut he is Professor of Sustainability and Transitions Research at Universität Freiburg.

Language Skills

English, French


Prof. Dr. Dierk Bauknecht