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Connect Energy Economics is a consultancy for decision makers in energy policy and energy economics based in Berlin. Dr. Marco Nicolosi and Dr. Barbara Burstedde represent Connect. We are looking forward to exploring new perspectives with you.

About Connect

Our services

Our task is to connect information and incorporate it into economic and political frameworks. We combine empirical observations with fundamental knowledge and derive productive overall concepts.


Our references

Our integrated way of working can be evaluated best on the basis of our previous contributions. To this end, selected studies, articles and talks are provided. We continuously expand our list of publications with relevant pieces of our work.



Constant change

Dear friends and colleagues,

after almost 9 years at Connect Energy Economics, we now follow the call of change. We are deeply grateful for every minute of our exciting time at Connect. Our special thanks goes to you for many fruitful discussions and the opportunity to further the success of the Energiewende.

The upcoming changes fill us with inspiration and energy. Therefore, we are happy to share the news of our next steps with you and would be delighted to contiune our cooperation in our new roles:

Dr. Barbara Burstedde joins RWE Renewables GmbH in Essen to give the Energiewende some extra tailwind: In her new role, she will dedicate herself to develop new offshore wind power plants with a special focus on Scandinavia. From March 1st, 2022 you can reach Barbara via barbara.burstedde[at]

Dr. Marco Nicolosi will strive to support people on their journey towards better health, wellbeing and productivity. To this end, he has founded Full Circle Insight GmbH and as of now offers online video courses on mindful self-management, mindful leadership and mindful weaning. You can reach Marco via the following channels:

E-mail: marco.nicolosi[at]
Twitter and Instagram Full Circle Insight: @full_o_insight
Twitter and Instagram Dr. Marco Nicolosi: @NicolosiConnect.

We would be happy to stay in touch with you and wish you all the best for your future endeavours!

Best regards and see you soon
Marco Nicolosi and Barbara Burstedde

Publications: Three studies on the transformation of the European power system with ambitious climate targets

In three studies for the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), Connect Energy Economics examined various aspects of the transformation of the European energy system with a focus on the power sector.

The study Power Market and Climate Protection - Transformation of Power Supply by 2050 models various scenarios of decarbonization and takes into account, among other things, a variety of technological options with a high spatial resolution.

In the second study, Transformation of the Electricity Market by 2050 - Options for a Market Design with High Shares of Renewable Energies, the focus is on the design of the power markets and the support schemes for renewable energies.

The third study Capacity Credit of Renewable Energies – What Contribution Can Wind and Solar Energy Make to Security of Supply? is dedicated to the question of how much conventional power plant capacity can be saved through variable renewable energies while maintaining the same probability of load coverage.

Study on cross-sector carbon pricing on behalf of EnBW AG

On behalf of EnBW AG Connect has developed an approach for cross-sector carbon pricing. The three main elements of the approach are to introduce a minimum price for CO2 in the ETS sectors, to price CO2 in transport and heating sectors with the ETS minimum price and to redistribute the revenues from this carbon price by reducing the tax burden on electricity. These measures can support climate protection quickly and effectively. They are socially compatible and can initiate sustainable development.

On Friday, 13th September 2019 Dr. Marco Nicolosi (Connect) and Dr. Jörg Jasper (EnBW expert for energy economics) presented and discussed the study with members of the press, the industry and policy makers.



Study on EnBW's homepage