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Wolf-Peter Schill successfully defends dissertation

Personnel news of October 20, 2011

Wolf-Peter Schill, a researcher in the department Energy, Transportation, Environment since September 2008, has successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Modeling Market Failures and Regulation in the Changing German Power Market“ at Technische Universität Berlin (summa cum laude).
The thesis deals with selected instances of market failure and regulation in the German power market. First, it is examined how different players make use of power storage and plug-in electric vehicles in an oligopolistic market environment. Amongst other things, it is shown that monopolistic storage ownership leads to an under-utilization of storage capacities and a corresponding welfare loss. Another chapter examines regulated expansion of transmission networks in the light of fluctuating wind power feed-in. Finally, the effects of different allocation rules for emission permits on power plant investments are investigated. The main content of the thesis is largely published in the form of DIW Discussion Papers  and peer-reviewed international journals. The complete doctoral thesis is available at TU Berlin's library.
Wolf-Peter Schill's main research interest at DIW Berlin is power market modeling. He also works on the preconditions and economic impacts of renewable energy expansion, electric mobility, and climate policy.