EWI is one of Europe’s leading research institutes in the field of energy economics. Focusing on energy markets and infrastructures, the institute is especially competent in issues regarding the electricity, coal and natural gas markets, particularly when using complex energy economics simulation models. It also researches the consequences of current or potential regulatory state interventions into these markets.
True to its principle of “exploring energy markets - enhancing decisions”, the institute is particularly interested in producing feasible research for existing energy economics issues. For its work, EWI mainly relies on theoretical, empirical and numerical methods from the industrial, regulatory, innovation and environment economies.
EWI is an affiliated institute of the University of Cologne. It is directed by Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge and Prof. Dr. Felix Höffler, who are both full professors of economics at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne. It works in close cooperation with the University of Cologne, especially in the field of postgraduate training and undergraduate/graduate teaching. The institute has established a well-structured PhD programme to support and accompany energy economics postgraduates. Additionally, EWI awards scholarships to postgraduates within the framework of the Cologne Graduate School.
ewi Energy Research & Scenarios gGmbH was established as a spin-off in April 2015. ewi ER&S is intended as a “knowledge factory” for solving practical issues in energy economics and energy policy and producing academic studies and models on current and relevant thematic areas.
Both EWI and ewi ER&S are supported by the Society of Benefactors, a non-profit promotion association.