Helpful studies, documents and policy papers.
"Digital utility transformation" - PwC (2015) - In English
Results from PwC roundtable with more than 80 senior executives and experts from 12 different countries on the digital utility of the future and the strategies that companies are implementing to get there. PwC also published a survey focusing on German utilities and digitalisation, but it is only available in German, entitled "Deutschlands Energieversorger werden digital" (2016)
"Blockchain in the energy transition" - dena / ESMT (2017) - In English
The German Energy Agency (dena) and the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) surveyed German energy executives and compiled their opinions, current and planned actions, and visions of the future role of blockchain in the energy sector.
"Die Digitale Energiewirtschaft" - BDEW (2016) - In German
This 80-page publication provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of digitalisation in the energy sector, and includes recommendations for utilities and policymakers.
"Studie zur Digitalisierung der Energiewirtschaft" - BBH (2017) - In German
Energy law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH) surveyed 68 power companies on their digital transformation. The key message: Most companies expect digital technologies to have a profound impact on the energy business, but only few of them have started the transformation necessary to meet the challenge
"15 Thesen auf dem Weg in eine digitale Energiewelt" - dena (2017) - In German
The German Energy Agency (dena) questioned energy industry managers and politicians on the digitalisation of the Energiewende and condensed the results in 15 theses. The answers reveal high hopes regarding the potential for innovation and economic growth, but also dissatisfaction with the current regulatory framework.
Digitalisation: Where are the German digital utilities? - Sämisch (2016) - In English
In this short and succinct opinion piece, the head of virtual power plant operator Next Kraftwerke, Hendrik Sämisch, outlines the massive challenges faced by conventional power companies.
"Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition" - BMWi (2016) - in English
The ministry for economics and energy (BMWi) summarises key points of the Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition, and also provides a section with answers to frequently asked questions about smart meters.