Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln gGmbH


Konstantin Gruber, M.Sc.

Konstantin Gruber

is Research Analyst at EWI since 2020. His research focus lies in fields of demand side flexibility and energy system modelling. Before joining EWI, Konstantin Gruber studied Economics with a focus in Energy Markets and Labour Economics.

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Curriculum Vitae


Client: Siemens AG und der Allgäuer Überlandwerk GmbH

Economic evaluation of the benefits of local coordination mechanisms in electricity systems

This study analyses local coordination mechanisms from an economic perspective. For this purpose, the advantages and disadvantages of local coordination are presented. The benefits of local coordination are discussed for two selected aspects based on existing literature – these include supplying demand for locally generated energy in connection with additional willingness to pay for locally generated electricity and avoiding the expansion of the distribution grid through usage of flexibility. Furthermore, selected regulatory aspects that represent an obstacle to implementation are highlighted.

Misc Publications

Max Gierkink, Michael Wiedmann, Konstantin Gruber, Martin Hintermayer; 2021
Effects of a tightening of European climate targets on the German electricity market
The background to this analysis is that the EU is tightening its climate target for the year 2030: instead of the previously planned reduction of 40 percent, a minus of 55 percent is to be achieved for the year 2030 compared to the year 1990. The analysis "Impact of a Tightening of European Climate Targets on the German Electricity Market" shows the effects of the tightening of climate targets on the power plant fleet, electricity generation, wholesale electricity prices and the sectoral climate target of the energy industry in Germany in 2030.
Dr. Simon Schulte, Fabian Arnold, Konstantin Gruber; 2021
The price of electricity in times of Covid-19
In 2020, the average wholesale electricity price was significantly lower than in 2019. Three factors dampened prices: lower fuel costs, lower electricity demand and more electricity from renewable sources. In the analysis "The Electricity Price in Times of Covid-19", Dr. Simon Schulte, Fabian Arnold and Konstantin Gruber examine how the wholesale electricity price developed in 2020, what factors influenced its development, and what role the Covid-19 pandemic has played.