Dr. Dierk Bauknecht
Dr. Dierk Bauknecht
Dr. Dierk Bauknecht

Dr. Dierk Bauknecht

Senior Researcher
Energy & Climate

Special Expertise

  • Analysis of the transformation of the energy sector
  • Studies on electricity system governance and network integration of distributed generation
  • Studies on specific issues of energy sector governance (nuclear phase-out, coal, energy efficiency)
  • Assessment of policy tools
  • Development of power market models

Key Projects

  • Project RES Legal Europe, Consulting the European Commission in the realisation of the EU Renewable Directive
  • Project FlexOptionen: Systematic comparison of flexibility and storage options in the German electricity system to integrate renewable energies as well as analysis of relevant frameworks, funded by the BMU
  • Project eTelligence: The case study region Cuxhaven within the e-energy programme of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The core of eTelligence is a regional electricity market place that connects power producers and consumers with shiftable electricity loads, service providers and network operators. www.etelligence.de
  • CO2 DEZ: CO2 emission reduction through the increase, IT integration and network optimisation of decentralised, fluctuating and renewable energy production plants in Germany, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU)
  • Study on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment on the network integration of renewables (Optan)
  • Doctoral thesis: “Transforming the Grid - Electricity system governance and network integration of distributed generation”, SPRU – University of Sussex (UK) within the context of the “Transformation and Innovation in Power Systems” project supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research
  • Study on load management based on household appliances (Smart-A, within the European Intelligent Energy Europe Programme)


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 the Freie Universität Berlin with the title Diplom-Politikwissenschaftler, and holds a Master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy at 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.  Before joining Öko-Institut, he was a market analyst with a UK-based power market consultancy, working on wholesale electricity price forecasts and generation models.

Language Skills

English, French