M. (Mohammad) Ansarin

RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2015



The Pros and Cons of Industrial Energy Cooperatives

Technological progress and climate change concerns are disrupting the electric- ity supply chain. These factors stimulate public and private interest in renewable energy sources (RES), electric mobility, and pivoting electricity markets to be more demand-driven. However, the electricity grid has historically been centralized and supply-driven. This was mainly because the supply chain was dependent on large- scale, fossil fuel-based electricity generation. Yet many emergent elements in the electricity grid require that it be decentralized and smart. One organizational form that fosters a decentralized grid and smart information systems is energy coopera- tives. This organizational form appeared in the early years of electricity supply in the early 20th century, and has recently found significant implementation in Ger- many as a platform for aggregating distributed RES from small-scale prosumers within a microgrid. However, there is very little research on how this organizational form would operate in an industrial microgrid. In this work, I propose three studies that delve into this topic. I seek to inform the business and academic communi- ties about the advantages and setbacks that energy cooperatives will experience as results of the transition to a decentralized, clean electricity grid.

energy cooperatives, sustainability, microgrids, electricity markets
Time frame
2015 -


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-24
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Supervisory team

Mohammad Ansarin
Professor of Information Management and Markets
Mohammad Ansarin
Professor of Next Generation Information Systems