Nico Lehmann is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Institute for Industrial Production (IIP) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He focused on energy economics and statistics during his studies and obtained his master’s degree in Economics Engineering.
In his research, he examines the effects of regionality on marketing and procurement decisions in the energy sector. He was inspired by the current trend in regulation to promote decentralized energy supply systems and regionality, particularly by the European Union (EU). In 2019, a register has been established in Germany, which allows renewable energy facilities to issue certificates for regional electricity generation. This allows electricity suppliers to offer regional electricity products to their customers. Although regionality has already found its way into the regulations, there is still controversy in the scientific community about the importance of regionality for the end customer, especially if regional electricity procurement is not linked to economic incentives, e.g. in the form of price discounts on taxes, levies or grid charges. To determine the relevance of regionality for household customers, a choice experiment is conducted using a representative panel sample. The choice experiment is strongly oriented towards the current regulatory framework in order to derive policy recommendations.