Dr Nieuwenhout is assistant professor of energy law at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability. She has two main focus areas: the connection of offshore wind and development of HVDC grids, and the energy transition in the built environment through positive energy districts (PEDs). She teaches competition law and state aid law in the energy sector at the University of Groningen. Next to her scientific career, she is also a city council elected representative for GroenLinks.

Highest Level of Education

Doctorate and post-doctoral

Current Job/Study field

Academia / research


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Current employer

University of Groningen - Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability

Work experience

  • Assistant Professor
    University of Groningen - Part-time From August 2016 to Present

    As an assistant professor in energy law, I teach courses in the LLM programme (energy market law, competition and state aid), I supervise master theses and student interns. In terms of research, I am involved in several Horizon Europe research programmes, POCITYF (on positive energy districts), READY4DC and InterOPERA (both on the deployment of HVDC grids). Recent publications are available here:

  • City Council Member
    City Council of Groningen - Part-time From January 2019 to Present

    As a city council member, I represent the Green party (GroenLinks). My topics of expertise are energy policy, climate policy, climate adaptation and water policy. I am also a chair of committee debates of the city council. This is my second term.

Area of expertise

Competition Law Energy Law Energy policy Energy market models Electricity Regulation


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  • English


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