Mulder, Prof. Machiel
Machiel Mulder is Professor of Regulation of Energy Markets in the Faculty of Economics and Business. He studies the functioning of energy markets and energy policy. One of Mulder's conclusions was that the demand for gas in the Netherlands will rise steeply in the years to come because of the electrification of homes and transport. According to Mulder, it is important to uphold the basic principles of the organization of the European electricity market to keep the costs of the required energy transition to a minimum.
Mulder studied economics at the University of Groningen and was awarded a PhD by Erasmus University Rotterdam for a thesis entitled ‘Bedrijfstakverkenning en financiële analyse: een simulatiemodel voor de glastuinbouw’ (Sector exploration and financial analysis: a simulation model for horticulture under glass). He then worked as head of the Energy department at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, deputy chief economist of the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) and specialist in Regulation Economics at the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).
In 2015, Mulder was awarded a grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct research into changes in the electricity market caused by renewable energy. Two years later, he was appointed to the board of the global association of professionals, the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), and organized the 41st International IAEE conference in Groningen on the association’s behalf in 2018. In addition, Mulder is director of the Groningen Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER) and chair of the Benelux Association for Energy Economics (BAEE).
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Research: The Netherlands will still need 30 billion cubic metres of gas in 2050 (Dagblad van het Noorden)
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