The Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) at the University of Cologne is dedicated to the research and teaching of energy economics and to the production of science-based studies for the energy industry and political practice. The Institute uses modern, empirical methods of applied industrial economics, in particular, detailed computerised models of the European electricity and gas industry that are developed and analysed at the Institute.
It is investigated how technological and economic developments and political decisions affect markets and market results. For example, EWI is currently focusing on the development of the European energy mix in the generation of electricity, the integration of renewable energies, the security of supply in the European electricity and gas industry, trends on global markets for coal and natural gas and the evaluation of large infrastructure projects. Furthermore, EWI deals with German and European regulation policy and organising an efficient market design.
EWI offers its expertise to public and to private clients. Its customer base includes the German Federal Government, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, European authorities, big energy suppliers, municipal utilities as well as associations.
At the same time, EWI's management and staff offer numerous courses related to energy economics.
Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge is Director and Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Energy Economics and also holds the Chair for Energy Economics at the University of Cologne. Prof. Dr. Felix Höffler is the Vice Chairman of the Management Board and Research Director. Further member of the Management Board is the Director of Applied Research, PD Dr. Dietmar Lindenberger.
The Institute of Energy Economics is supported by the University of Cologne and the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des EWI e.V. [Society of Benefactors].