Transformation process for the municipal energy system transformation

Transformation process for municipal energy system transformation – sector-coupled infrastructures and strategies for involving local actors

Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Duration: February 2020 – Juni 2023


The cross-sectoral implementation of energy system transformation represents a major challenge for the coming decades. In this context, the aspects of energy efficiency, security of supply, feasibility, financeability and sector coupling must be taken into account, especially at the municipal distribution grid level with interfaces to the superordinate transport level, in order to realise synergy effects. The municipal utilities with the involvement of the customers as well as local politics and market participants play a central role here.

Tasks of IREES

  • As a consortium partner, IREES takes on essential tasks in the areas of user behaviour and acceptance of the measures. These comprehensively among others:
    • Investigation of the acceptance and involvement of various actors in the implementation of energy system transformation at the municipal level
    • Support with implementation
    • Development of recommendations for action to involve relevant groups of actors in the transformation process
    • Identification of promoting and inhibiting factors for the implementation of measures
    • Development of strategies for the transfer of research results into practice

Project partner

  • DVGW-Forschungsstelle am Engler-Bunte Institut des KIT (DVGW-EBI)

  • Gas- und Wärmeinstitut Essen (GWI)

  • Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)
  • KIT, Institut für Elektroenergiesysteme und Hochspannungstechnik
  • KIT, Institut für Automation und angewandte Informatik (IAI)
  • MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH
  • Stadtwerke Karlsruhe GmbH (SWKA)


Nico Ulmer
Nico Ulmer