The research done in the SCCER CREST is organized in four Work Packages that correspond to three levels at which the transition of the Swiss energy system needs to occur (micro, meso, macro):
- WP1 “Energy, Innovation, Management” (meso level): Addressing the role of firms and regions for the energy transition, including innovation, new business models, investment, regional development, and social acceptance of new technologies.
- WP2 “Change of Behavior” (micro level): Addressing behavioral aspects of individual energy consumers to provide a better understanding and a quantification of determinants of energy consumption and insights how to influence individuals to achieve demand efficiency objectives.
- WP3 “Energy Policy, Markets and Regulation” (macro level): Addressing the energy policy and energy market regulation from a legal, political and economic perspective. Research covers the design and implementation of new policy measures, energy market regulation, the national and international legal context, and simulation-based policy assessment.
- WP4 "Energy Governance" (multi-leveled): Addressing legal and political challenges in the governance of the Energy Strategy. Research will provide recommendations for overcoming situations in which the current governance impedes the transformation towards sustainable energy systems and in which more effective policies, regulations, and processes could facilitate the transformation.
Together the four WPs cover the most important aspects and research gaps needed to provide detailed proposals on how existing regulatory frameworks and incentive structures in the energy markets can be optimized. Thereby, all aspects of the action area are adequately covered:
We build upon a stepwise extension of topics and cross-linkages within and between the WPs as well as a consolidation towards the end of the support period. Within the first phase (2014-2016) the objective is to establish WP1-WP3 and to achieve close collaboration between the researchers and disciplines within each WP via joint projects. In the second phase (2017-2020), we will initiate large-scale projects that bridge several WP topics (e.g., field experiments on the most promising policy measures identified in the first phase) and transfer the insights between WPs (e.g., include aspects of individual energy consumption from WP2 into the model framework in WP3), as well as build up the WP4.