Vision and Mission
Agora Energiewende develops scientifically based and politically feasible approaches for ensuring the success of the Energiewende. We see ourselves as a think-tank and policy laboratory, centered around dialogue with energy policy stakeholders. Together with participants from public policy, civil society, business and academia, we develop a common understanding of the Energiewende, its challenges and courses of action. This we accomplish with a maximum of scientific expertise, oriented towards goals and solutions, and devoid of any ideological agenda.
In 2012, the European Climate Foundation and the Mercator Foundation founded Agora Energiewende to tackle the challenges posed by the energy transition. Its official mandate is to develop academically rigorous and politically feasible pathways for transforming energy systems toward clean energy in Germany and across the globe. Because its core funding comes from philanthropic organisations, Agora is fully autonomous, operating independently of business interests and political pressures. Within the framework of some international projects, we receive public funds in the form of grants.
Since its founding, Agora Energiewende has become one of Europe’s leading energy policy think tanks. It has developed numerous policies that informed the German government and European institutions.
Agora acts as an intermediary between decision-makers, stakeholders, scientists, and the media by combining research, dialogue, and outreach. Our dedicated team of more than 30 experts examines a host of issues crucial to the energy transition. Through both in-house and commissioned studies, we find answers to economic, technological, and policy questions in order that we may deepen our understanding and create a base of knowledge for developing targeted solutions.
Because no single institution can fully grasp the entire complexity of the transition, Agora fosters intensive dialogue with major stakeholders from public policy, civil society, business, and academia. We provide evidence for setting future energy policy, build consensus about the best solutions, and promote measures to apply in specific contexts.
Our interdisciplinary team possesses all the expertise needed for a successful energy transition, from experience with long-term planning and a thorough awareness of macro-economic repercussions to specific engineering know-how and an understanding of the nuts and bolts of policy implementation. We investigate topics such as efficiency, market design, supply- and demand-side technology, flexibility, energy economics, power system planning, and political change processes, among many others.
While the power sector is our main area of concentration, we also address interdependencies between it and other sectors and the energy system as a whole. Agora’s Council is populated by some of Germany’s and Europe’s top minds and foremost authorities in clean energy. Ministers, CEOs, professors, civil society leaders, and other key individuals gather regularly to discuss cutting-edge trends, develop new ideas, and advise Agora’s team.
Agora Energiewende: The most important information at a glance
- Project Duration: 2012 to 2017 (phase 1) | 2017 to 2021 (phase 2)
- Budget: ca. 14 million Euros (phase 1) and ca. 15 million Euros (phase 2)
- Team: A staff of approx. 30 led by Dr. Patrick Graichen
- Legal form: Programme area of Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH
- Funders: Mercator Foundation and European Climate Foundation