Christine Lucha has worked at Ecologic Institute as a Senior Fellow since 2003. She focuses on international, European and national energy policy, renewable energy law and public participation. She is also a part of the Ecologic Legal Team. Christine Lucha takes a particularly great interest in answering the legal, sociopolitical, technical and economic questions related to the implementation of the German energy transformation. With respect to methods, her focus is on transdisciplinary research, especially the integration of stakeholer involvement and participation as well as the evaluation and legal assessment of policy instruments. A native speaker of German, she also works in English, French and Portuguese.
Her recent projects include legal research in the context of the funding programme "Smart Energy Showcases – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition" (SINTEG), the analysis and structuring of a comprehensive energy law with a focus on electricity disclosure and the legal regulatory procedures, both for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and support of the European Commission (DG Environment) in implementing the European Union's Action Plan on Environmental Compliance Assurance and Governance.
Moreover, she was involved in the analysis of cost and financing aspects of Community Renewable Energy Projects in Germany and Denmark for the IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD), institutional aspects of the implementation of the European Network Codes in Germany for the BMWi, and the development of strategies and solutions for the uptake of new wind energy technologies on the basis of an assessment of possible barriers for the European Commission (DG Energy). She also contributed to the midterm-evaluation of the Renewable Energy Directive driven by REFIT on behalf of the European Commission (DG Energy) and provided scientific support in the areas of renewable energies and combined heat and power for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Her previous work with Ecologic Institute concentrated on projects on the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG)), public acceptance of renewable energy and the implementation of the European Emissions Trading Directive.
From 2007 to 2010, Christine Lucha worked as a lawyer and mediator for the Clearingstelle EEG, an organization established in accordance with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and commissioned and funded then by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature and Nuclear Safety (BMU) but now by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). She applied her abilities as a mediator in dispute settlement procedures and guided and moderated a variety of proceedings and events of the Clearingstelle EEG. She was also managing director of RELAW GmbH, the executing organisation of the Clearingstelle EEG.
She holds a Master's degree in energy management from the University of Koblenz-Landau. She wrote her Master's thesis in Aalborg (Denmark) on optimizing the share of renewable energy in electricity systems in the European Union [pdf, 632 kB, English]. Christine Lucha studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Coimbra (Portugal), specializing in European and national environmental law.
Aside from her work at Ecologic Institute, Christine Lucha has completed trainings in mediation with a focus on nature protection and energy system transition and as a psychodrama practitioner.