The liberalization of the energy market was supposed to allow energy consumers to make the most advantageous economic choices for their situation. The reality, however, is that consumers may even make ‘bad’ choices, limiting competition in the retail markets of the EU Member States. By contrast, other consumers are very active in setting up cooperatives for the production and supply of energy from renewable sources within specific geographical areas.
- How does competition affect the motives, preferences, behaviour and roles of consumers in the energy market?
- What roles do consumers play?
- How does their behaviour affect competition in the retail market?
- Which policy instruments have been adopted to influence the behaviour of the consumers and prosumers?
- Martijn Groenleer, Professor of Regional Law and Governance, Tilburg University, and Director of the Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance – Multilevel Governance of the Energy Transition: the Challenges of Implementing Innovations from the Bottom Up (pdf)
- Saskia Lavrijssen, Professor of Economic Regulation and Market Governance, Tilburg University – Opening remarks
- Frans Stokman, Professor of Social Science Research Methodology, University of Groningen – The Role of Prosumers in Energy Cooperatives (pdf)
- Catherine Waddams, Professor of Regulation, University of East Anglia – Regulatory Policy and Consumer Behaviour in British Energy Markets (pdf)
- Bert Willems, Associate Professor of Economics, Tilburg School of Economics – Ten Years of Retail Competition in the Netherlands
- Michiel Boersma, Professor, TIAS School for Business and Society
- Gabriella Dóci, PhD researcher, Department of Environmental Policy Analysis. Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam
- Leigh Hancher, Professor of EU Law, Tilburg University
- Martine Verweij, Director MVI-Energy Topsector Energy, Social entrepreneur Green Bridges
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center together with the Benelux Association of Energy Economics