About Neon

Neon Neue Energieökonomik is a Berlin-based boutique consulting firm for energy economics. We have been providing cutting-edge analysis on electricity markets since 2014. Through advisory, studies and trainings we support decision makers in navigating power systems, markets and policy. Combining expertise in economic theory with deep industry knowledge and advanced modeling capabilities puts us in a unique position to assess rapidly transforming energy markets. We believe that academic rigor, transparency and openness will deliver the best results for our clients and for society.


Prof. Dr. Lion Hirth is founder of Neon and serves as its director. He also teaches at Hertie School in Berlin. Previously he spent five years with Vattenfall and did a PhD on the economics of wind and solar energy. Dr. Ingmar Schlecht serves as Neon’s second director; his focus is on electricity market design and, since his PhD, electricity market modelling. Dr. Anselm Eicke works as consultant on questions of the electricity market design, and Jonathan Mühlenpfordt is Neon’s data analyst. We rely on outstanding partners for legal and engineering expertise.


We are proud of our diverse portfolio of clients, comprising public sector institutions such as the German Economics Ministry and the European Commission, as well as a broad range of energy companies, including utilities, traders, project developers, and industrial electricity consumers. We also advise clients in the financial sector, international organizations such as the IEA and think tanks such as Agora Energiewende.

Project References

As a boutique, our work is centered on electricity market design. For the German government, we have worked on the revenue cap and other emergency interventions, market-based redispatch and locational price signals, the coal phase-out and system services procurement. We have supported private sector clients with assessments of the intraday market, balancing reserves and imbalance pricing, renewables capture prices, and strategies towards the EU market design discussion.


Our tailored in-house trainings support teams across the energy sector. The seminar Power Systems & Markets is an introduction to energy economics, policy, and markets. The training Electricity System Modeling offers on introduction to the numerical modeling of power markets and systems. Power Trading is a crash course into wholesale electricity markets and trading. 


Strommarkttreffen is a network of 5000+ energy professionals from academia, industry, and policy making. We meet for monthly workshops and maintain an email list. We believe, in a world of rapidly changing markets and policies, it takes open yet trustworthy fora to exchange information and debate current challenges to identify the best solutions. Strommarkttreffen is run by Neon.