Lion's interest lies in electricity markets and wind and solar power. He has worked on market and system integration of variable renewables, the economics of variability, power economics and electricity market design, policy instruments, and balancing power. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on The Economics of Wind and Solar Variability.
Prof. Dr. Lion Hirth is research fellow at MCC. He is assistant professor at Hertie School of Governance, a public policy school, and director of Neon, a consulting firm. Lion holds a Ph.D. in energy economics, a Diploma in economics, and a Magister in political science. He has taught classes on energy economics and policy at different universities. Acting as secretary of Strommarkttreffen, he manages a network of 1500+ energy professionals in research, policy, and industry. Lion has developed and maintains the open-source power market model EMMA. His articles, published inter alia in Energy Economics and The Energy Journal, have won several awards. Lion has a daughter and lives in Berlin. view resume (pdf)
- Why Wind is not Coal: On the Economics of Electricity, The Energy Journal, 2016 (with Falko Ueckerdt & Ottmar Edenhofer). pdf
- Balancing Power and Variable Renewables: Three Links, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015 (with Inka Ziegenhagen). pdf
- Integration Costs Revisited – An economic framework of wind and solar variability, Renewable Energy, 2015 (with Falko Ueckerdt & Ottmar Edenhofer). pdf | Best paper award IAEE | Best poster award IEWT | Best paper award IEWT
- The Optimal Share of Variable Renewables: How the Variability of Wind and Solar Power affects their Welfare-optimal Deployment, The Energy Journal, 2015. pdf | review
- The Market Value of Solar Power: Is Photovoltaics Cost-Competitive?, IET Renewable Power Generation, 2015. pdf | Selected paper Solar Integration Workshop
- The Market Value of Variable Renewables: The effect of solar wind power variability on their relative price, Energy Economics, 2013. pdf
- Redistribution Effects of Energy and Climate Policy: The electricity market, Energy Policy, 2013 (with Falko Ueckerdt). pdf
Co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals
- System LCOE: What are the costs of variable renewables?, Energy, 2013 (with Falko Ueckerdt, Gunnar Luderer & Ottmar Edenhofer). pdf
- On the Economics of Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Economics, 2013 (with Ottmar Edenhofer, Brigitte Knopf, Michael Pahle, Steffen Schloemer, Eva Schmid & Falko Ueckerdt). pdf
- Carbon lock-out: Advancing renewable energy policy in Europe, Energies, 2012 (with Paul Lehmann, Felix Creutzig, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Nele Friedrichsen, Clemens Heuson & Robert Pietzcker).
- System-friendly Wind and Solar Power, IEA Insight Paper, forthcoming (with Simon Müller). Best paper award IEWT
- Minimal Thermal Generation in Power Systems, USAEE Working Paper, 2015.
- Carpe diem: A novel approach to select representative days for long-term power system models with high shares of renewable energy sources, FEEM Working Paper, 2014 (with Paul Nahmmacher, Eva Schmid & Brigitte Knopf).
- The Economics of Wind and Solar Variability, TU Berlin, 2014.
- Jenseits des Sündenbocks Erneuerbare: Was hat den Verfall des Börsenstrompreises wirklich verursacht? , Phasenprüfer, 13 August 2015.
- Das Ende der Grundlast, Phasenprüfer, 26 May 2015.
- Solarstrom - an der Börse immer weniger wert, pv magazine, 23 April 2015.
- Die Ökonomie der Energiewende, Phasenprüfer, 9 March 2015.
- Wind, Sonne und Regelleistung, energiewirtschaftliche tagesfragen, 2013 (with Inka Ziegenhagen). pdf | Mandarin
- The Decreasing Market Value of Variable Renewables: Integration Options and Deadlocks, in: Detlef Stolten & Viktor Scherer (eds.): Transition to Renewable Energy Systems: Energy Process Engineering, Wiley, 2013 (with Falko Ueckerdt). pdf
- Renewable energy sector runs the risk of overpowering market, Financial Times, 2015. pdf
- No business case for lots of wind and solar, Energy Transition, 2015.
- Strom aus Erneuerbaren kannibalisiert sich selbst, Handelsblatt, 2015 (German).
- A Look at Wind and Solar, Part 2: Is There An Upper Limit To Variable Renewables?, TheEnergyCollective, 2015.
- The Optimal Share of Intermittent Renewables, TheEnergyCollective, 2014.
- Doe windenergie niet af als kostenpost van miljarden euro’s, NRC, 2014 (Dutch).