How You Choose Your Energy. The New Roles of Consumers in the Energy Market

23 February 2016 from 13:00 to 17:30 hrs
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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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?



  • 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